A version of this article originally appeared in the Spring 2018 issue of OUR HOMES Oakville Burlington Mississauga, p76. Find local businesses in our Oakville directory.
After seven years living in Vancouver, these Ontario natives returned to set roots down in Burlington, and brought with them some of the British Columbia design aesthetic they had come to admire.
Instead of purchasing an existing home, the family of four decided to buy a property from builder Pine Glen Homes Inc. that backed onto green space.
Designer Kate Davidson of Kate + Co. Design Inc. guided them through their custom project from the ground up. “We worked with the family and the builder from the starting phase, establishing the layout and selecting the exterior materials as well, all the way to selecting the finishes and paint colours,” says Davidson.
The family wanted to incorporate design elements from their British Columbia home, including a combination of stone and siding on the exterior, with an elegant yet rustic feel on the inside.
They designed a great room with a stone fireplace and double height ceilings rather than a formal living room. Davidson included millwork to add interest and dimension to the space. Family interests influenced the design, she explains. “The family likes to watch movies and play games, so the basement has a theatre room and a games room,” she says, noting the built-in bar in the theatre room.
In the upper level, double doors open to a private balcony in the master bedroom. A fireplace warms the space on cooler evenings. “You don’t need to have a huge bedroom area when you have a good-size walk-in closet and bathroom in your master,” says Davidson, who points to the bedroom’s cove ceiling as another subtle, interesting detail.
Davidson also helped design the family-friendly backyard that showcases an outdoor loggia and cabana set into a stone patio aside a sparkling swimming pool.