Enjoying a private corner lot in a quiet residential neighbourhood, this 1330-square-foot one-level rancher was built in 2003 and was the perfect renovation project for designer, Larry Myers from Alfresco Living Design. Seeking a residence that felt connected to the exterior “as a singular experience,” he and his partner bought the two-bedroom, two-bath home with the objective to create a more contemporary and efficient living space for a more luxurious lifestyle. It was important to Myers to create a harmonious interior that would visually connect to the home’s exterior environment. Myers used repetition of materials in a simplified palette for design cohesion and turned to Gabriel Ross for furnishings that would enhance the home’s linear geometric layout.
To create a more cohesive open concept, several interior partition walls were removed to allow the home to connect to the outdoors. Myers adds that “this improved sight lines and provided an inclusiveness ideal for entertaining. Spatial management and scale were top of mind to foster a balanced environment. To maintain sight lines and create a light feel, built-in cabinetry, underlit and wall mounted off the floor replaced free standing furniture. To maintain the sleek minimalistic aesthetic, the design is void of baseboards, crown moulding, window trim and window coverings (with the exception of the bedrooms).
Large format Italian ceramic tile in ‘Provenza-in-Essence Composto Sabbia’ was used on the floor throughout the residence. This created continuity and an opportunity for radiant in-floor heating. On the walls, Benjamin Moore AF100 ‘Pashmina’ from the grey/taupe genre with green undertones is rich with depth and intensity. The ceiling paint is Benjamin Moore OC 130 ‘Cloud White’ is both subtle and sufficiently reflective for brightness.
Myers adds that “my art collection creates interest and energy, as well as the opportunity to use colour in the fabric selections for furniture. The art and furniture support one another and unify the design. This was essential in order to lay juxtaposed to the neutral background.” Authenticity, quality and longevity were paramount in the acquisition of all elements. Lapalma Miunn stools in oak dark walnut with a round base create a casual option for dining.
The desk was designed with minimal lines to have very little weight or volume, yet serve as a functional working plane. Fabricated with spalted maple, it boasts floating drawers, tapered legs and ‘copper booties.’ Built-in cabinetry used in the dining area creates additional storage capacity as well as universality as a design principle.
- Residential Design: Larry Myers, Alfresco Living Design
- Furniture: Gabriel Ross
- Light Fixtures: Gabriel Ross
- Countertops: FLOFORM
- Kitchen & Bath Fixtures: Victoria Speciality Hardware
- Bathtub: Victoria Speciality Hardware
- Flooring: Tenor Tile
- Millwork: Island Custom Cabinetry
- Tile: Tenor Tile
- Backsplash: FLOFORM
- Fireplace: Heatwave
- Artwork: Madrona Gallery / West End Gallery / Beauchamp Gallery
- Paint: Cloverdale Paints
- Window Coverings: Island Window Coverings
- Appliances: Lansdowne Appliances
- Interior Doors: Clearwater Industries