Words by Adrienne Dyer. Photos by Jody Beck.
Filled with light and simple elegance, this modern farmhouse on Foul Bay Road combines a family-friendly layout with a serene, lightness of space perfect for the homeowners and their growing family. With three bedrooms upstairs and a home office on the main floor, the 2,200-square-foot design fulfills the couple’s wishlist comfortably within the confines of the small lot.
“The property has been in the family since 1974,” says Phil Wilson of Philco Construction, who handled this project from the demolition of the existing home to completion of the new build. “The homeowners had a clear vision of what they wanted: a modest, family home with a functional and simple, rustic style. The whole project came together in an efficient and timely manner.
”On the main floor, details like shiplap paneling, mullioned windows, and exposed timber beams tucked high into the ceiling provide a historic nod to the home’s modern, minimalist appeal.
In the kitchen, brass hardware and pendant lights add a nautical touch to the classic blue and white palette. Simple Shaker-style lower cabinetry is finished in Benjamin Moore’s subtly dramatic “Hale Navy,” a shade also used on the front door and master bath cabinetry.
White walls, countertops, and subway tile backsplash provide a clean contrast to warm, natural wood elements like flooring, the fireplace mantel, and built-in living room shelves. Soaring windows in the great room fill the entire home with natural light, while the loft-style upper landing invites openness into the upstairs, where the bedrooms are located.
In the master suite, black hardware and light fixtures add an industrial appeal to the navy and white theme. Herringbone shower tile lends luxury to the master bathroom, which is otherwise simply finished with rustic vanity lights and cage pendant above the freestanding tub.
The exterior of the house is clad in white Hardie board and batten-board siding finished with dark window trim and lantern-style garage lights. With low maintenance landscaping, the home faces the street with an inviting aesthetic that blends seamlessly with the existing neighbourhood.