A version of this article originally appeared in the Spring 2018 issue of OUR HOMES London and Middlesex County, p.12. Find local businesses in our London directory.
A London, Ontario family was ready to experiment with style. Their new 6,000 sq. ft. home was designed with unique architecture and an imaginative use of wood, stone and metal.
The owner asked contractor Peter Spinney, who had renovated the family’s previous home in the Old North, to build the house. The architectural design firm Blueline and Fisher Design & Drafting Services also came on board early to help the owners hone their ideas and develop blueprints. “We didn’t want a muddled composition to the house,” the owner says. “Instead, we wanted to repeat strong themes throughout.”
Achieving a natural aesthetic was their first and foremost goal. It reflects the casual lifestyle of the owners and their young daughter. “We don’t use coasters and we didn’t want any surfaces that scratch,” he explains by way of example. “The more a table is stressed, the better.”
A live-edge white ash dining table with cast-iron base by Andy Roth of Roth Design Inc. sets the stage for relaxed dinners with friends, some seated along an upholstered banquette. Wood and stone repeat themselves throughout the home and designer Sylvie Roth of Sylvie’s Interior Design guided the owners to timeless decorating decisions that reflect their taste and style, keeping the colour palette simple (Benjamin Moore).
On the main level, Black River Timber Framing worked with white pine to craft the gutsy trusses in the vaulted living area, red maple in the main-floor powder and cloakrooms, white oak for bar tops in the billiards and entertainment rooms downstairs, and black walnut for benches and counters in the mudroom and pantry as well as on the kitchen island. He also built a canopy frame in the child’s bedroom.
Rustic white-ash flooring complements the fieldstone features throughout, including the soaring 27-foot fireplace surround. Stone and more stone continues elsewhere, notably in the main-floor powder room, foyer and the owner’s home office.
Jeff Fisher of Fisher Design & Drafting Services designed all cabinetry throughout the home including the kitchen where standout features include open shelves and mesh-front metal frame cupboards by Wes Youngson of CW Welding & Custom Fabrication Ltd. Youngson also created the range hood. Cambrian black, leathered-granite counter tops add to textural layering in the room, while white subway tiling makes a fresh contrast to stone and wood.