What was the brief?
The brief was to create a modern reinterpretation of the Edwardian home through a ground floor renovation of this century old semi-detached family home. The clients, two moms and their young son, wanted a living space where they could all be separate, yet together simultaneously. They wanted something classical, yet modern. Something fluid, yet intimate. A dining space where 3 could sit comfortable but so could 20.
What were the key challenges?
The main challenge, which also became the project concept was the marriage of these paradoxical ambitions: modern/classical, fluid/intimate, open/discrete. It was the tensions that developed through these aspirations, and through the re-interpretation of the Edwardian typology which resulted in a really interesting set of spatial relationships.
What materials did you choose and why?
Rustic grade wide plank white oak flooring, white oak and painted millwork, herringbone slate tile, Fenix countertops and backsplashes. Materials were chosen to be warm and modern, durable and easy to maintain for a family of four. The two-tone palette for the main living spaces was implemented in a way that gave a nod to the home’s Edwardian roots, gave extra lift to it’s ceilings and weight to it’s floor, yet created a modern ribbon of unfolding space that served to blur the boundaries between the previously distinct rooms.
Material Used :
1. Flooring: Engineered white oak wide plank flooring by neue floors
2. Doors: Lepage millwork
3. Windows: Lepage millwork
4. Interior lighting: Liteline, sistemalux, herman miller (nelson pendants)
5. Interior furniture: Client’s own
6. Millwork: Designed by Architect, fabricated by Renca + Heilimo
7. Paint: Benjamin Moore, Farrow and Ball