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Tuesday
Nov182014

Old and new

Respectfully reinventing an exterior. In keeping with the theme of my previous post, Toronto's Drew Mandel Architects did a wonderful job here. 

Wednesday
Nov122014

An infill project in Toronto

I have always been intrigued by infill projects (especially over the past couple of years when I thought I was going to take on my own infill build). To see what an architect can come up with - does it blend with neighbouring homes, does it stick out like a sore thumb? And how does it make use of the typically small parcel of land it inhabits? In this case it is a much more modern residence than the surrounding 1920s homes, but it works. The exterior brick and the peaked rook mimics the homes on either side. And a simple yet brilliant idea to have a strip of different flooring material on the ground floor to give the impression of a corridor. Kudos to Drew Mandel Architects on this one. 

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Tuesday
Nov112014

The Farm

On 100 acres with a view of Lake Ontario sits The Farm. Architect Cindy Renderly's clients wanted something modern but appropriate for the country. A gabled roof line is in keeping with a typical barn structure, but inside it's minimalist and not-so-farm-like. Cindy used Douglas fir plywood on the ceilings to add warmth, and it's a beautiful choice. An artist's studio is an added bonus, separated from the main house by a courtyard. Despite being a tad bleak looking in the winter, this must be such a peaceful retreat, especially in summer. 

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Thursday
Oct302014

office of mcfarlane biggar

The office of mcfarlane biggar is an architecture and design firm based in North Vancouver. Their portfolio has plenty of modern designs with a mid-century, Dwell-magazine-lovin' vibe. What I really love about these creative folks is this: We are champions of wood in buildings – where it makes sense to utilize its structural and aesthetic properties. Recognized as leaders in the use of innovative wood technologies, we have maintained this focus throughout our firm’s history. Many of our projects demonstrate our ability to provide simple, yet innovative wood solutions that bring warmth and character to spaces while also drawing from a local resource that speaks to the natural history and wood processing industry of our region. AMEN! An architecture firm after my own heart. 

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Friday
Oct242014

A little country

We don't post many traditional/country spaces here, I mostly don't because I am generally not a fan. But these spaces designed by Montreal interior designer Scott Yetman are an exception. I really enjoy these tranquil, liveable designs and their neutral colour palettes. There just needs to be a dog and some cats curled up in front of the fireplace and a cup of hot apple cider in my hand and LE SIGH. 

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