Modern Design in an Older City Neighbourhood
“With modern design, there are no limitations. It’s totally open. That’s why I love modern so much. There is a creative element to it. Certain styles feel more reproduced, but with modern, even if you are working with an existing footprint, you can go anywhere with it.” Mike Carty, Level Design Build
On October 17 Level Design Build hosted an evening of modern design and discussion celebrating the completion of their beautiful Eugenia Street project in Barrie. Staples Design Group participated in the event by staging with art, some furniture and accessories. It was a fabulous and well attended open house and we are pleased to share photos of their contemporary modern design with you. The artwork shown above, as well as several others throughout the house, is a piece done by local artist Andrea Rinaldo.
As with Level’s Modern Boathouse we featured earlier this year, the Eugenia Street house is filled with natural light and connects the inside to the outside through large windows that look out to mature trees and a natural, private backyard. The outside of the home is a beautiful blend of water-based stained cedar, charred cedar and steel. He took the original home down to the foundation and rebuilt on the existing footprint. His new house is a modern design that incorporates different and reclaimed materials.
Mike used charred cedar both inside the house and outside, as a touch of texture and for both uses the effect is downright sexy.
The flooring is reclaimed douglas fir from a pickling factory in Toronto that had shut down about 20 years ago. Mike found a farmer south of Barrie who had a bunch of the wood behind his barn. It had been used for large pickling barrels so it already had a unique look to it, the areas where the metal bands held the barrels together have left a natural marking in the wood. He had it made into into reclaimed, engineered flooring. It has a natural oil, finish, and although it does not have a hard coat surface, if you do damage or scratch it you just re oil it again. It’s very easy to maintain. From the engineered flooring, they also used all of the off cuts with rough edges on the walls, to clad their interior doors and for facing on the island.
Above the television is a large frosted window that allows privacy from the house next door yet continues to add warmth and light to the living room.
Contemporary, bright and open design. Quite simply a gorgeous kitchen that would be a pleasure to both cook and entertain in.
The mudroom was intentionally placed to be between the front door and the entrance from the garage. Sliding doors will close off this space if needed.
When Mike designed the house he made all of the doors sliding and flush framed, meaning there are no headers over doors. This allowed his doors to be tall, straight up to the ceiling 8 foot doors. To add texture and natural elements they clad the doors with the off cuts of the reclaimed fir. The doors are so big, the rooms almost open right up adding to the wonderful, open feel.
Thought was put into where the stairs would be in relation to how the rest of the house would flow. For this footprint it always went back to the centre as the hub of the home.
Sleek, contemporary modern design for a house located in an older city neighbourhood. The home catches your eye immediately as you drive down the street yet it blends beautifully with the tall, full trees and landscaping around it. Level Design Build creates beautiful, minimalist homes and cottages built with low impact and sustainable building practices; their homes reflect a sense of clean, comfortable and easy living.