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A personal house tour (part 1)

It's not often I get to share a house tour here on DTI that I actually got to tour personally. There is a beautiful and highly sought-after neighbourhood here in Ottawa called the Glebe, and each year for the past 12 years there has been a Glebe House Tour featuring several stunning homes in this area. I was contacted by the Chair of the tour committee, Suzanne (a devoted DTI reader), and she offered to take me on a personal tour of some of these homes. (The tour is Sunday, September 16th - details here).I got to visit one this past weekend and I cannot begin to tell you how cool this tour was. It was the home I've been dreaming about building for the past couple of years, and I am so excited to share it with you all. To begin, here's a bit of general info on the home: The homeowners transformed an energy-guzzling 1920s house into a “deep green” beauty. As a green building consultant, homeowner Scott used his expertise and knowledge of the One Planet Living movement as a guide. Scott and his wife Jenny gutted the home and used local, sustainable and reclaimed materials wherever possible. Some of the materials were then used for sliding doors, decorative acoustic panelling, floor finishes and main elements of the staircase. Heating demand has been slashed using solar passive design and super-insulated walls and windows. The new solar thermal system is used for hot water and space heating, while the photovoltaic (PV) system generates electricity. Jenny kindly took my husband and I through every room of their 1800 sq ft home and provided us with lots of great info which I'll include along with the photos I took when I wasn't busy drooling all over their gorgeous floors. 

A before photo:

In this post I'll show you the exterior and the first floor. The rest will come later today.

To start, here's the exterior with brick walls maintained from the old house. Slight transformation. ;)

 Love the large stone slabs as the step up to the porch.

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Garden of dreams

We received an intriguing submission recently from Veronica that I wanted to share. Here are some pictures about my last interior design project at Casa Decor Madrid, the most important event about interior design in Spain. Garden of dreams (Jardin de los sueños) is the name of my space. An interior garden at Casa Decor Madrid. I wanted to create an space to relax, feel and remember our experiences, a place where our emotions meet together, a place to lay or to fly. The interior is design with natural materials (linen, wood, anea and wool). All furniture, illumination, ceramics and sofa are designed by Veronica Martinez too, all inspired by nature and handmade by artisans. I think it's beautiful and very creative. I love the grouping of frames on the corner, and the strips of wood and fabric acorss the ceilings and walls are really pretty. I would love to hang out in there for hours in silence and read a good book. *sigh* 


Family pod

For when guests and extended family stay over. A perfect pod. Part prefabricated, part site built it is the work (again) of Craig Steely Architecture. Sitting lightly on a lavaflow site the modernist lines of the Ohanapod (family pod) provide connection to its surrounds. Tropical retreat with privacy, shading and cross flow. A cool pad in more ways than one.


Craig Steely 

Clean modernist lines address the site and explore the relationship between the inside and out. Craig Steely Architecture, based in San Francisco and Hawaii, explores what is possible, sustainable and stylish. If a site is a challenge then Steely not only accepts the challenge but his solutions are elegant and environmentally sound. Steep sites in San Francisco, modern renewal of old houses needing more than just a face lift and homes taking root in lava flows. It's about respecting a space and building a future, and a home, from there.

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Coates Design

Coates Design is an architecture firm based in Seattle that specializes in sustainable design. Their vision: is that buildings, when thoughtfully designed, will uplift the spirit, nourish the mind and contribute to the health of our bodies while respecting the environment in which they are placed. I would certainly be uplifted if any of the spaces below belonged to me. :) Matthew Coates and his crew are clearly lovers of wood, concrete, and W I N D O W S!!

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