Old Ottawa East
In a quiet community in Old Ottawa East, this 2,710sf four bedroom family home settles in comfortably by reflecting the neighbourhood both in character and scale. Although decidedly modern, its form is restrained, its approach is welcoming and its details express a quiet elegance.
Addressing the street, the home steps back in three planes to provide relief to an otherwise monolithic building face. In order to soften the design impact further, the front elevation is animated by contrasting, materials, vertical and deep recessed horizontal elements. The interaction of these variations creates an expression that is not only animated but, pleasing to the eye.
More often homebuyers have increasing knowledge, show a deeper understanding and express strong opinions about design. Whether the home makes use of abundant natural light and strong design elements has direct impact on whether a home sells or not. It is however, not always a simple solution. In many cases, the need for privacy is often at odds with the need for daylighting. In this case, the carefully detailed stairs hovering between their glass railings provides both a feature element and a much needed privacy screen to the street. Furthermore and complimenting the stairs, the entry is designed for drama; two, 2-storey spaces vault 21’ to the ceiling above where southern light cascades down and through extending the far reaches of the interior living space.
Key feature elements, a quiet modern design approach and respect for the site, strike a delicate balance making this new home an example of successful infill.