A minimalist design created by Tonia D’Introno of D’Introno Interior Design allows natural materials and fine craftsmanship to shine in this Broadmead renovation by Tony and Tanya Aindow of Goodison Construction, featuring millwork by Jason Good Custom Cabinets. At 2,750 square feet, the two-bedroom home incorporates an open-concept main living area surrounded by extensive glazing to create an invisible barrier between indoors and the expansive garden.
With so many windows in such a voluminous space, energy efficiency is a key requirement for livable comfort; but this quality was sadly lacking in the original 1970’s structure. “Before the renovation, all the windows had failed and without proper insulation, the house was freezing cold in the winter and hot in the summer,” says Tony Aindow.
The house was stripped back to the framing and rebuilt within the original footprint. With new systems in place for plumbing, insulation, forced air central heating, and EuroLine windows throughout the house, the owners can now enjoy the transterior design — one that merges indoor and outdoor space — in energy efficient comfort.
In the great room, white walls and a vaulted ceiling are supported by exposed wood beams, painstakingly restored by Aindow and his team, who sandblasted several coats of white oil paint away and refinished the wood to its natural splendor.
The stone tile gas fireplace, which Aindow shifted slightly to meet the specifications of the new interior layout, separates the main living room from a space the owners use as their library. Giovanni La Fauci, from Stone Age Marble and Granite, blended the soft grey tones of the stone with the large format porcelain floor tiles, which required a perfectly flat surface and precision installation to achieve the smooth, flawless surface.
In the kitchen, Jason Good finished the room with millwork that highlights rich, natural walnut artistically rendered with his exquisite grain matching. “We wanted clean, contemporary lines to showcase the raw materials and achieve a marriage between function and aesthetic,” says Good’s designer Melissa Orton, who describes the space as light, bright and bold. White lacquered millwork on the range wall hides the pantry, microwave and refrigerator, creating symmetry around the porcelain backsplash.
Opposite, the walnut island seems to float above the floor, an effect Good created by installing a recessed kick beneath the open shelves and back panels. Quartz countertops provide ample workspace, with an extra work surface atop the walnut bar by the window.
Walnut also takes a starring role in the guest bathroom and master ensuite against an all-white backdrop. “To maintain a cohesive, calm aesthetic, we used the same materials throughout the house,” Orton says. A sleek, handleless vanity floats above a porcelain floor in the guest bathroom, where visual simplicity adds punch to the slim walnut frame around the cabinet.
“To make room for the large ensuite, we added a bump-out in place of an old sunroom that was attached to the master bedroom,” says Aindow, who also installed a tilt and slide privacy window above the freestanding bathtub and heated, porcelain floor tiles that extend into the shower surround.
To create privacy between the open ensuite and the bedroom, Good built a walnut divider between the tub and toilet/bidet, which mirrors the ceiling-height linen cabinet next to the shower. A floating double vanity spans the full width of the opposite wall, with long drawers finished in white lacquer for minimal, yet functional detailing that doesn’t upstage the natural wood.
With a calming palette cast from the cohesive use of natural materials, this bungalow is transformed into an airy, modern home that achieves a fluid transition between the outdoor elements and the comfort found within.