OCHBA 2008 Winner - Renovations/Additions $150,000 to $225,000

Our Client has always had an exquisite garden but was unable to enjoy the view from inside their home due to an old 3 season room and a very small, poorly designed deck. A key requirement was to dawards200esign an outdoor entertainment area off the main living space on the 2nd floor – an outdoor room with a view!

The strong geometry of the design solution is asymmetrically balanced with the tall, 2 storey stairwell on the right and the lower extension of the sauna on the left.  The balance of staggered stone veneer, stucco and aluminum caps also strengthens the architectural design. The placement of a green roof on the deck allows for additional garden space while providing a tranquil respite with a view of the garden below. The exceptional views are further enhanced by the placement of black framed windows at the back which add sharpness to the design while allowing for abundant natural light to flood the interior.

Moving inside, the ground floor contains a sauna, bathroom, family room, and exercise area. The bathroom, adjacent to the sauna, features a tub with steam shower and a built in seat for resting. The bump out required for the bench creates a wall to anchor the custom entertainment unit located in the family room. The clean lines of the interior millwork reflect the contemporary design of the exterior, and both blend harmoniously with the outdoors, blurring the distinction between inside and out. Natural walnut was used for both the vanity and entertainment unit. A slab of slate was selected for the vanity counter, and copper quartzite for the floor and tub surround. The second level and outdoor deck is accessed by a floating staircase encased in a dramatic two storey glazed stairwell.

Overall, the open and functional space, strong geometry of the architecture, and stunning views to the garden makes this a successful and beautiful addition to the existing home.  Rooms with a view – both indoor and out!

A perfect example of a design where the sum of the parts create the whole - Asymmetrical in nature while creating a perfect balance.



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