Ingenious Space-Saving Design in Industrial-Inspired Condo


Completely unique London unit customized with the help of local artisans and tradespeople.

OUR HOMES London Holiday/Winter 2018/19
A version of this article originally appeared in the Holiday/Winter 2018/19 issue of  OUR HOMES London and Middlesex County, p.14. Find local businesses in our London directory.

With a background in architecture, the opportunity to design and customize a completely unique space is what attracted these homeowners to their condominium in the sky in London, Ontario. 
The owners worked with local artisans and tradespeople to bring their vision to life. This 1,200 sq. ft. one-bedroom unit makes an incredible impression right from the front door, where the owners separated the entrance vestibule from the rest of the unit with a hot-rolled metal and glass door created by Red Iron Design.
The industrial-inspired aesthetic continues in the open-concept kitchen and great room. Wanting to maximize their living space without sacrificing their love of entertaining, the homeowner worked with Roth Design Inc. on an ingenious dining solution – a pivoting walnut slab with triple functionality: it can serve tucked into the island as a breakfast bar, be pivoted 90 degrees to make a casual L-shape table or be pulled away from the island entirely to serve as a standalone table for 10. 
Two custom benches, one in live-edge walnut and the other in hot rolled metal (Roth Design), offer seating that is just as adaptable. Side tables in the living room become supports for the walnut table when in use. "A lot of thought and craftsmanship went into this design,” the homeowner notes.
The kitchen is as visually stunning as it is functional. A large white pantry hides the Gaggenau refrigerator, a wine and coffee bar and plenty of storage space. Two floating shelves frame the rolled-metal oven hood (Red Iron Design) and provide a clever hiding spot for the kitchen’s electrical outlets. Cabinetry consists of soft-close pullout drawers throughout and, with the exception of the cooktop, all the appliances are hidden.
The backsplash is made with textured concrete wall panels from Silex Element, while the countertops and island are finished with black Neolith sintered porcelain, a virtually indestructible material that resembles unpolished granite.
The mix of industrial materials and contemporary comfort continues in the living area where the fireplace surround incorporates concrete wall panels and hot rolled metal. Built-in shelving provides plenty of room for the homeowner’s collection of LPs. Floors throughout the unit are hand-scraped oak, an upgrade provided by the developer.
A pair of rolled metal doors with round glass inserts (Red Iron Design) add some visual fun and lead to a two-piece powder room and the master en suite. “At night you can see the lighting come through,” the homeowner says. “It looks really cool.” Both feature poured concrete sinks by Exclusive Concrete. The large master bedroom uses a floating wall as a headboard to divide the sleeping space and a reading nook.