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Time(less) Travel



Escape to the 1920’s without ever leaving your room in Alessandro Munge and Sai Leung’s re-envisioning of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia and its restaurant, The Hawksworth--located in Vancouver, BC.



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Stylishly Elemental Take a walk across uncharted territory with David Tyrell of David Tyrell Architects. Inspired by nature’s backdrop, Tyrell’s most recent project appears to flow with the water that surrounds it.

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The Sweet Life Even Wonka would be impressed with Johnson Chou of Johnson Chou Inc.’s renovation of an old candy factory from the turn of the century, which has been turned into scrumptious penthouse lofts.

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Beyond the Border Expand your horizons with Scott Ross of Timberhaven Homes LTD., whose company now has offices in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, which allows him to spread his love for west coast contemporary-style homes.

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ON THE COVER The exterior of David Tyrell Architect’s Luminescence project was heavily influenced by water from the surrounding lake. Here, the dining terrace peers out onto a pool that cascades toward the lake, making it difficult to see where it ends and where the magnificent landscape begins. Walls of floor-to-ceiling windows allow the homeowners to see the breathtaking views from almost any angle.

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uring the chilly winter weather, one of the best ways to stay warm is curling up next to a crackling fire that is as lavish and luxurious as the home where it dwells. In our winter issue of Luxury Home Canada, we ring in the new year with seasoned professionals and fresh faces who create a warm welcoming from exterior to interior. In “Teams,” we catch a glimpse of collaborators who leave no stone unturned, and no pillow un-fluffed. Barnett Construction Ltd. teamed up with Nesbitt Originals Ltd. (page 85) to capture the true essence of an italianesque vineyard. Andy Friesen of Su Casa Design and Copper Creek Homes (page 77) implemented his skill set toward working from the ground up when assembling a dream home for he and his wife. By combining forces, these companies redefine quality with each completed project. No level of acknowledgment could encapsulate the stellar work of Johnson Chou. In “The Sweet Life,” (page 126) an elaborate confection of a turn-ofthe-century candy factory is transformed into modern penthouse lofts. The degree of craftsmanship and detail reaches new heights with “Time(less) Travel” (page 105). Munge Leung’s sophisticated and elegant design for its new five-star hotel creates a signature personality that exudes exclusivity

and offers new meaning to the word “luxury.” Timberhaven’s consideration for the environment and home placement plays a major role when creating masterful homes. For “Beyond the Border” (page 136) natural materials and the unique views of the hills and water breathe life and character into the home. Entranced by the majestical views surrounding “Stylishly Elemental” (page 118), David Tyrell embraces nature by utilizing the elements of water, air and light as his primary focus for design. The ultimate goal is to create an overall intimate, practical and relaxing space for the client. As always, we will continue to acknowledge and educate industry professionals everywhere for their commitments to innovative projects and products where informed decision-making and resourcefulness are paramount.

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Vancouver, BC Those interested in purchasing a log home can meet the top vendors in the decoration and home industry. Numerous demonstrations and seminars will be conducted by regional and national

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Stockholm, Sweden The world's largest meeting place for Scandinavian furniture and lighting design, for both home and public environments. View pieces from the industry's top talent and take part in exciting, informative seminars.

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Las Vegas, NV The International Builders' Show is organized by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and is the largest light construction building industry trade show in the United States. It is the only event of its kind, focusing specifically on the needs, concerns and opportunities that face builders.


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Toronto, CA Canada’s largest contemporary design fair, Interior Design Show (IDS) will exhibit over 300 designers showcasing the most innovative and newest designs. From burgeoning young designers to world-renowned artists, the event will highlight architecture, industrial and interior design.

FEB 13-14 BUILDEX VANCOUVER Vancouver, BC One of the largest conferences and tradeshows-BUILDEX Vancouver--will feature more than 600 exhibits and over 50 educational seminars in architecture, construction and renovation, interior design and property and real estate.



Los Angeles, CA Never Built: Los Angeles is an exhibition that will explore the values and potential for creating a city in search of its signature style.The show will offer illustrations exploring the power of architectural ideas through renderings, blueprints, models and hand drawings.

Frankfurt, Germany With over 4,500 exhibitors and 140,000 trade visitors, the Ambiente consumer-goods fair offers an overview of the world market with some of the best ideas, new products and hottest trends.

The Design Is... Award recognizes the vision behind significant work and commemorates the design story behind every project. The program is open to all professional interior design firms, architecture firms and end users.

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Edmonton, AB The Edmonton Renovation Show--the largest annual architectural and building exhibition in Canada--will feature the latest in developments, services and trends from local and international companies.

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT Curl up next to the fireplace with the winter issue of Luxury Home Canada, where we feature sleek, edgy and always impressive furnishings. Exterior elements transform interior spaces, with patterns and prints that speak to nature’s inherent beauty.

WOODHEART II by FLOOR TO HEAVEN / P. 15 product spotlight


handle with flare Live in chrome, metal, black and studded accessories with our selection of unconventional, yet functional furniture. Ultra sleek and drenched in raw, intricate details, each piece has its own signature style.

VENTURY PARIS LA DIVINE LOUNGE CHAIR & LE 1702 From the Royal Rock Collection come two pieces that balance retro chic with contemporary lines. The edgy furniture still maintains the sophistication of french design but are works of art in any home.

DIMA LOGINOFF DESIGN DOUNYASHA LOUNGE CHAIR Modeled after the Russian ballet dancer, Alex Torgunakov, the chair exudes masculinity mixed with graceful touches. Its curved form envelopes whoever sits on it, creating a cozy and open feel.

ZENZA – TAHRIR AND SUFI LAMPS The “Tahrir” and “Sufi” lamps are Egyptian-inspired and made of silver-plated copper that are covered in thousands of tiny punctured holes, producing a dazzling light display.


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BOCA DO LOBO MONDRIAN SIDEBOARD The sideboard is comprised of rectangular and square drawers of various sizes that are covered in the Boca do Lobo logo. The interior of each drawer is lined with fabric and the exterior is made of assorted materials including black glass or white leather.

DELIGHTFULL COLTRANE SUSPENSION Straying from ordinary light fixtures, “Coltrane” is made of iron tubes with a gold powder paint interior, which hang from adjustable magnetic cables.

DEVON & DEVON HOLLY SOFA ATELIER PLUME TILE Harkening back to the clawfoot bathtub in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the sofa is hand-crafted and made of a cast-iron interior and the exterior is made of white primer. The black and white tile flooring pays homage to 1950’s American design and the tile-Atelier Plume--comes in many shapes of large-scale ceramic slabs.

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lookin’ sharp Crystalized furnishings with geometric perfection add to any drab space. From tables that look as though they sit atop diamonds to a dining room table that instantly becomes a conversation piece, every item makes a statement.

VONDOM VERTEX Meticulously-sculpted indoor and outdoor furniture, “Vertex”--designed by Karim Rashid--has a distinct look and is made of 100% recyclable material.

ARTEK TRIENNA TABLE Made of veneered birch plywood, the table was designed in 1954 by Ilmari Tapiovaara and comes in a variety of finishes including stained black, painted white, natural lacquered oak veneer and natural lacquered walnut veneer.


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BOCA DO LOBO BONSAI TABLE DIAMOND SIDEBOARD The “Bonsai Table” plays off crystallized silhouettes and the natural form of a tree. The “Diamond Sideboard” has a gold leaf interior and is inspired by gothic furniture of the Romantic period.

CRAIG VAN DEN BRULLE DELAUNAY STEEL DINING TABLE Calling on the Delaunay triangulation algorithm, the table is made from polished steel triangles and features a sleek glass top.

VENTURY PARIS CHAMPAGNE COOLER The Champagne Cooler--part of the Cabinet of Curiosities collection and designed by Jonathan Pinto Cortez--stylishly protects your worldly treasures.

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into the woods Mingling exterior elements with interior spaces can be achieved with each product shown below. Our featured fabrics maintain the beauty of the woods but are still utterly chic and wooden tables preserve the forest in its natural state.

TUELL & REYNOLDS LASSEN The “Lassen” side table is made of a wax cast base and a petrified wood top. Each table is signed and distinctly unique. Photo Gabriel Branbury

YVETTE LADUK WOODY WOOD Mimicking a tree stump, this rug pulls nature from the outside in and is made from nontoxic, durable and fire-resistant synthetic fibers.

JED JOHNSON FAUX BOIS/WALNUT & TIMBER/COBALT Printed on a cloth composed of blended cotton and linen, “Faux Bois” by interior design firm Jed Johnson Home is available in six different color combinations and is influenced by natural wood grain. Woven by implementing the style of the 19th century “cordonetto” method, “Timber” is available in five different colors and can transform a home into laid back and casual, or upscale and refined. #14

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SONYA WINNER TREE TRUNK This limited-edition rug was designed to complement natural stone and wood flooring and is made of hand-knotted silk, forged on a loom in the foothills of the Kathmandu Valley Nepal. photo: SonyaWinner

MADELINE WEINRIB PARISI ARMCHAIR Handwoven in Central Asia by master weavers using the traditional ikat techniques, the armchair is made of silk with a brown sadu ikat pattern and carved wood.

TUELL & REYNOLDS CASCADE Taken from petrified wood in the Cascade Mountain Range, “Cascade” is made of polished logs salvaged from volcanic mud and ash. The base is made of molten bronze ceramic and wax that is hand finished and patinaed.

FLOOR TO HEAVEN WOODHEART Inspired by a tree found on the lake in California, “Woodheart”--designed by Germany-based company Floor to Heaven--looks as rough as wood but is made of wool and soft to the touch.

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VINTAGE REMIX: THE INTERIORS OF KISHANI PERERA KISHANI PERERA Founder of Fuse ID, interior designer Kishani Perera has taken her skills of mixing vintage, eclectic pieces with contemporary elements and laid them out in a stunning book. Every chapter focuses on a particular part of the design process, such as how to use color and light, etc. and each is dedicated to giving advice in a thoughtful and straightforward manner. Abrams Publishing

GIL SCHAFER III In his first book, Architect Gil Schafer III takes his knowledge of the many facets of crafting beautiful homes and breaks them down into three parts: architecture, decoration and landscape. Schafer melds historic and classic architecture with modern touches in every home he creates, resulting in a fresh, distinctive look indicative of his talents. Rizzoli

ALBERTO PINTO WORLD INTERIORS ALBERTO PINTO WITH JULIEN MOREL A vast collection of interiors executed by Alberto Pinto are shown throughout his book with impressive photographs and lengthy descriptions of each project, which include a space in Kuwait, a Mexican enclave and a New York residence with hints of European influences. Pinto also pays tribute to the many artisans--including cabinet-makers, embroiderers and painters--that contributed to the success of each project. Rizzoli #16

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CASA de CORAZON by Samantha Bohnert

The home features large windows that bring in natural heat from the Texas sun, a guest house for when the couple’s children visit and a vast gallery of landscape paintings. Due to its unique exterior, passerby's have dubbed the home “casa de corazon” (heart house) and the “butterfly house.”



Credits BUILDER: Rex Keele Construction ARCHITECT: Winn Wittman PHOTOGRAPHER: Coles Hairston PHOTOS: COLES HAIRSTON

Located in Lampasas, TX, this 2,000-square-foot modern ranch home was designed for a retired chemical engineer and his wife. The couple requested that the home have a structural and curvy shape so it would, “look like the bones of the earth.” The “bones” are made of arching steel beams that mimic a dinosaur’s ribcage and support the home’s roof. The beams also continue into the house and are constructed of laminated wood. LOCATION: Lampasas, TX YEAR COMPLETED: 2011

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THE X HOUSE by Deidré Davis



Credits ARCHITECT: Agraz Arquitectos S.C. CO-AUTHORED WITH: Agraz Arquitectos S.C.: Elias Rizo


The X House, designed by Agraz Arquitectos S.C., features white concrete exterior walls, marble plates and metallic shutters. The ultra modern creation sits on a corner-shaped allotment posing a challenge for architectonic design. Emphasis was given to the architectural concept dividing the terrain by floor setup. One area is allotted for the garden patio where a tree-lined plaza merges into the kitchen, living and dining gallery; the second area is the central axis of the stairway, which connects the basement, first and second floors; and the third area is designated for a studio, bathroom and main entrance. The X House offers façades on both of its sides with a simple design scheme.

COLLABORATORS: Jessica Magana Juan Antonio Jaime CONSTRUCTION: Ing. Álvaro Martínez

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Crescendo Ski Chalet Location: Kelowna, BC Completed: 2008



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01 Wood, stone and glass join together to construct the 5,200-square-foot home that sits on the Big White Ski Resort in Kelowna, BC.


enis Apchin’s passion for designing is bigger than the immediate region around his base in Kelowna, BC.With more than 25 years of experience under his belt, he is now in the process of growing his award-winning design portfolio internationally.

“I absolutely just love designing and I love designing luxury homes because they’re more challenging. I can never wait ‘til the next project,” he says. As much as he enjoys designing for the local market surrounding Kelowna, he adds, he has been limited by the number of people who come into the area. “That’s why I’ve set my eyes on expanding — to have that opportunity to be more creative.” Apchin says he has found success so far in his efforts, finding new clients via the Internet and word-of-mouth. “I just did a house in Panama and I just started working with a consortium in China,” he says. “I’d like to carry on and do things in the United States as well.” Since 50 to 60% of Apchin’s projects are second properties or vacation homes, he is drawn to such popular resort areas as Hawaii, Southern Europe and wherever, “people are looking for beautiful recreational homes.” He is particularly excited about design opportunities in Hawaii. “I don’t think the architecture is up to what it should be for such a beautiful place. I’d love to work in an area like that,” he says. Apchin’s passion for international growth does not exclude projects closer to home. One of the current projects he is most excited about is the 23,000-square-foot main residence on a 20-acre property in Alberta. This is his second time working with the family — he already completed their vacation home in Kelowna.




Apchin admits it is fun to have so much control over the creation of a home. It often also makes practical sense to oversee so much of the construction in-house, he says. “We do all our own veneering. We don’t buy sheets of material. It’s very environmentally conscious. When you work with veneers you can get so much more wood out of a log,” he says. When it comes to building materials, Apchin likes to keep it simple and natural. “Wood, stone and glass — things from the earth.” He does not scrimp, either. He constructed one residence with more than 10,000 square feet of honed and



polished travertine stone wall cladding. “It’s quite a commitment to build with that amount of stone, and it looks really awesome,” he says. Apchin’s architecture tends not to fit the traditional square-cornered, rectangular shape of most homes. He fits his designs to the land. He advises those considering a house built from scratch to begin consulting with the designer early on in the process. “I’m trying to educate. It would be handy even before they purchase a lot to get an architect or designer involved,” he says. He has found that many clients think too small, coming to him at first with requests for a particular fixture or layout in the bathroom. He encourages them instead to step back and consider the layout and orientation first. What time of day, for example, do they want the sun streaming in the kitchen windows? Designing to the landscape is simple, he says, but missing that crucial first step can wreck the overall impact of a home. “The site really dictates a lot of how the shape of the building will be,” he says.

Crescendo Ski Chalet What fits on a pie-shaped wedge of land on a ski mountain? A pie-shaped ski chalet. “The Crescendo is a really perfect example of a site-specific solution,” says Apchin. “It goes to a sharp point. What can you do with that space? Well, we were able to create a ski shed. It’s a perfect ski-in, ski-out chalet. Those kinds of solutions wouldn’t have been possible with a rectangular or square shape.” The 5,200-square-foot Crescendo was completed in 2008 in the Big White Ski Resort in Kelowna, BC. It sleeps 22 guests and offers an indoor/outdoor pool. It offers views of the ski slopes from a stunning 27-foot window that appears to be freestanding. It is a bit of visual trickery. The roof above it could withstand up to 300 pounds of snow load, as required on a ski mountain. The Crescendo has an international fan base. Reading the chalet’s log book, “is fascinating. People from all over the world stay there,” Apchin says.

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Besides the home’s sheer size, Apchin says the volume of millwork and painstaking attention to detail set this home apart. The millwork drawings alone for the project are 170 pages. Every door, some as tall as 10 feet by four feet, are manufactured by a local millworker who works exclusively for Apchin. Even most of the furniture is built inhouse, right down to special jewelry drawers and the kids’ desks and beds. “My millworker’s been on it two and a half years,” he says.



02 Earth-tone colors and clean sleek lines add warmth and character to the joined sitting room and kitchen area. 03 A sloping wood ceiling stands as the focal point in this bedroom. 04 The modern and spacious bathroom features a stateof-the-art sink and lighting fixtures that complement the bath tub.






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Private Residence Location: West Vancouver, BC Completion: 2010


01 The trelliswork of Douglas-Fir beams serve to blur the line between indoors and out, forming a transition zone between open pool decks and interior spaces.



02 The elongated island has become a fixture on most of the company’s recent projects, providing a bold centrepiece to the home. 03 The minimalistic design of the bedroom blends in with the rest of the decor.



midst a mellow jazz tune from Canadian pianist Oscar Peterson, the work of Burgers Architecture resonates online through each sleek minimal note of its modernist aesthetic. Jazz provides a great lens to understand its principal, Cedric Burgers’ work: keen on a disintegration of boundaries between inside and outside space through free flow circulation enabled through technological development.


Metaphors aside, Burgers Architecture has a strong foundation in Dutch modernism being founded in Vancouver, BC by Robert and Marieke Burgers in 1981, who immigrated to Canada’s West Coast in the late 1960’s. His father graduated from Delft University of Technology and was an urban planner, while practicing in Holland and the Netherlands beforehand, no doubt transplanting his cultural oeuvre into Vancouver. In his father’s tenure, Burgers Architecture produced the now ubiquitous superdutch aesthetic, delineating locally into, “white and pure boxes, incorporating the contemporary art scene here in Vancouver at the time. ” In the 1990’s, Cedric finished his diploma in architecture, as well as an internship with architect Daniel Liebskind in Berlin, and saw an opportunity to help enliven his father’s firm in Canada. Of course there were two different approaches to what Burgers did and what they would con-



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04 A serene pond provides access to the house via a stone walkway.

tinue to do. Cedric became the principal in the late 1990’s and focused his energy and design on refreshing not only Burgers Architecture, but also Vancouver, BC. In doing so, he has reinvigorated an intuitively modern sensibility, while incorporating separate, yet involved, construction management and interior design practices in Burgers multi-faceted approach to the built environment.


“The process of design is a synthesis of logic and intuition,” says Burgers. “Intuition is the emotional side and logic is the rational side. It cannot be one or the other.” Logic can be understood in terms of Burgers’ commitment to modernism and its aesthetic sensibilities. Intuition is a nod to the Dutch modernism in his blood, practiced by his father and re-originated by his family for a Vancouver populace. Although his work definitely follows its own intuitive logic, the associations between architecture and culture are readily apparent in Burgers’ work. One of the key points of departure for Burgers is his interest in the physical context his architecture is situated within. “Architecture always starts with the site, which has its requirements, such as sunlight, drainage, foliage, climate and the client brief; our skill, or art, is in combining

these things poetically, but also giving them a structure,” says Burgers. The term “site restriction” is embraced to create site-specific designs in naturally transgressive ways. Things like western placement, views, terrain and the orientation of the sun help the house achieve continuity with its ecological environment; structure, space and form help establish the houses synthetic environments, from lounges to wine cellars, from outdoor decks to carefully-constructed vistas and viewing platforms, at once truly creating an organic whole. Burgers is very open and direct with what he likes. “I really love technology, efficiency and glass,” he says. As a summation of the work his form does, this just scratches the surface, yet

Private Residence This private residence in West Vancouver began as a simple interior courtyard house with a reflecting pool and developed into a modernly-designed house nestled within the woods of British Columbia. Burgers’ palette employed Douglas Fir for the structural components and cedar siding with wooden frames for the windows to implore a regional connection, while at the same time making these materials belt out a modern tune. Through a concise structure, the complexity of the arrangements plays out beautifully in the natural materiality, while the overall composition works well within the West Vancouver woods.





05 The living, dining and kitchen of the guest house are combined into one efficient space. 06 The living room employs Douglas Fir beams and an Indiana limestone fireplace.

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Technology is apparent in Burgers’ commitment to providing the exact experience and performance needed to complete the project. Whether it is responsive interior lighting to ecologically friendly systems, Burgers understands the extents to which these restrictions inform any possible outcomes for his designs. To jazz anything up, one must do some familiar things, but to truly move something within people, one has to take them in different directions. Burgers Architecture lives up to the challenge by creating familiar spaces to feel, but always enabling new places to go.



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Francis Residence Location:Toronto, Ontario Completed: 2001/2002



ounting Frank Lloyd Wright as an early influence, Peter Higgins always knew he wanted to be an architect.

Specializing in residential and cottage architecture, garden and terrace design and interior architecture, Peter Higgins Architect Inc. has carved out a niche market designing in the Cape Cod, American Shingle and English Tudor styles, among others. The company’s designs have been built as far away as Muskoka, Vancouver Island, Winnipeg, Montreal and Prince Edward Island. Specialties include custom homes and cottages to residential additions and renovations. The firm also has experience with furniture design, interior lighting and fine art selection. With over two decades of experience and a skilled staff of twelve, the company is able to deliver designs that go beyond meeting its clients’ needs and desires. “Architects go through the design process on a larger scale with floor plans and façade proportion,”



he says. “You can also take that down to a very fine level when you are designing built-in cabinetry, tile patterns, wall paneling, balustrades and newel posts. These items are going to be touched and observed every day. It’s a design exercise that you can have a lot of fun with.” In architecture school, Higgins added woodworking and pottery to his repertoire of design skills. Not wanting to limit himself to any one trade, Higgins considers himself an amateur potter. “I find almost instantaneous gratification in throwing a bowl,” he says. “You are creating something very beautiful almost immediately; whereas the architectural built form could take years to come to fruition. I believe that pottery helps me satisfy my need for tangible design.” “The interior architectural design is a direct extension of the space that we create,” says Higgins. “I’m creating a background for people to live in with their art and their furniture which animates the space we have designed. In addition, I add to the

01 The living room has warm tones and a doorway-type nook, which highlights an impressive, natural sculpture. 02 The kitchen features modern touches of deep stained white Oak cabinets, stainless steel countertops, backsplash and hardware and a minimalist coffered ceiling with painted beams. 03 Landscaping has compartmentalized the backyard into separate “rooms” including a grassy play area for the children. 04 The front yard area has been designed to create public, semi-private and private spaces on the approach from the sidewalk to the front door. 05 The contemporary interior has high-gloss painted cabinets floating against a dark painted backdrop and a spectacular barrel vaulted ceiling.

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Francis Residence The rare doublewide plot house in the Forest Park neighbourhood of Toronto was able to take advantage of spectacular views and light. The 5,000-square-foot traditional home is very clean lined and transitional in its design, says Higgins. “We created a very clean lined background for their contemporary art collection and for their modern furniture,” he says. “It is very bold in color.” The traditional neighbourhood is very family-oriented with a majority of homes in the area being from the 1920’s through the 1940’s. Although it is a much larger house than its neighbors, it fits with the scale of the landscape. The east and west sides were brought down to a story and a half to soften the sides of the landscape. “It helped to blend into the fabric of the neighbourhood,” says Higgins. The custom-designed staircase took a modern take on the shaker style. “It is simple and modest,” he says. “We wanted to have a dramatic skylight over the main staircase. We are well known for interesting roof lines that are very approachable and welcoming.”







06 The dining room is decorated with art from David Bolduc. Handsome bay windows add spaciousness to the room, and allows for additional seating.



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Passion is the key to success. Watching a home being built can add to the understanding of not only the design, but the building and construction process as well. “I learn something every time,” says Higgins. “There’s always different material being used and I see the three-dimensional aspect of what we have designed. It’s one thing to have a computer model, but when you are actually standing in a space and you realize you captured a view or the sun is coming in at just the right angle, it is a beautiful thing.” After 30 years as an architect, Higgins still finds himself in awe and excited with each project he designs. “Clients have to trust the architect to understand what it is they hope to accomplish,” says Higgins. “Some clients aren’t sure where they



are going and that trust factor is very important. When you earn a client’s trust, it makes you want to work really hard to please them and ensure they will love the final product.”

samples of our work through pictures and mock-up drawings to ensure the client understands exactly what they will be receiving. With our expertise and experience, we develop well-conceived projects that are not only unique, but come with lasting value.

Finding out what the client wants is the first stage, but it is an architect’s responsibility--Higgins says--to look outside the box. “My role is to see beyond the obvious,” he says. Finding views and inspiration in nature is an essential part in a successful project. “I collect things,” says Higgins. “A piece of birch bark, stone or weathered wood. It’s very important to know the surroundings of the place you are building in, not only the neighborhood, but also the environment.” A perfect blend of trust and skill, each project is its own unique masterpiece.

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01 The rooster weathervane tops off a multi-car garage, which offers a direct route into the mudroom and house. 02 The farmhouse-inspired home features hand-cut natural limestone and Cedar board shingle siding.

The Greely Residence Location: Ottawa, Ontario Completed: 2011

Chuck Mills Residential Design and Development Inc.



In 1994, Chuck Mills decided to take the plunge into starting his own company after the design firm that employed him closed, and Chuck Mills Residential Design and Development Inc. was born. But that was not the one only reason he wanted his own firm. “I was tired of doing things the way that they wanted because I didn’t believe it was the right way,” he says. “I wanted to do more one-on-one with private clients.” For the first year, Mills’ major client was an export housing company with a large portion of its business located in Japan. Despite the heavy load, the work did not deter Mills. “For the first eight months, I was basically working 20 hours a day and six to seven days a week because of the Japan work,” he says. “I’d be getting stuff that would be coming in at three in the morning.” Another factor that drove him toward his own firm has become one of the hallmarks of his success: working one-on-one with clients toward their vision of a custom home. That attention to detail and



union of the clients’ wishes and his own artistic vision propel his designs. “I consider myself very, very fortunate because I do love what I do,” he says. “I really do love the interaction with clients. And the fact that everything I’m doing is custom. Nothing is boring. One job is so different than the next that it’s still really compelling to me.” Though Mills remains modest, his firm has won numerous awards from different organizations since he started the company, including the Ontario Home Builders Association, the Canadian Home Builders Association and Greater Ottawa Home Builders Association. He credits some of his business with winning them early on, but it is not the only reason he has enjoyed success. “Until I was in my early twenties I was a pretty competitive athlete,” he says. “I’ve always been competitive by nature so entering awards is not only to hopefully receive recognition from your peers but also because I’m just straight-up competitive.”

While awards and recognition help to secure meetings with potential clients, Mills’ skills as a designer earn him the jobs. “I often get asked as a designer, ‘What’s your style?’” Mills says. “For me getting asked that by a private client is somewhat irrelevant because I really think my job, on behalf of the client, is to take their wants and needs and not only meet but exceed all of those in developing the project. It’s my job, at every single project, to really be very sensitive to the client’s wants and needs.”

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03 The kitchen is perfect for entertaining with a spacious island and bar seating situated around views of the natural surroundings. 04 A modernly-designed mud room/ storage space houses shoes and jackets.

The Greely Residence This 4,315-square-foot home sits tucked away among 26 acres of thick woods, which helped fuel the design of the home to fit it within--rather than against--the surrounding environment. Mills says that he designed the home, “with a lot of stylistic features of what would be classified as an old Ontario farmhouse,” which even included a rooster-capped copper cupola on the garage. Built by Patterson Homes, the craftsman-style boasts a union between functionality and crisp design details from the claw-footed tub to the sharp lines of the great room’s deep coffered ceiling and limestone-clad fireplace. Using all natural materials, such as the Eastern White Cedar corbel brackets and cut limestone, plays off of the home’s natural surroundings, in order to avoid, “a house that’s all brick in the middle of the forest,” Mills says. A Weatherwall screen system encloses the back porch, offering sights of the dense woods around the property.

05 A deep coffered ceiling caps off a spacious, open great room accented by a gas fireplace sheathed in limestone. The large windows look out on the bounty of the tall woods.

“I consider myself very, very fortunate because I do love what I do. I really do love the interaction with clients. And the fact that everything I’m doing is custom. Nothing is boring.” – Chuck Mills, owner

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With a lot of the firm’s business coming from older homes, Mills pays particular attention to the fit of his design. His firm tackles projects on homes over a hundred years old in well-established neighbourhoods. “If you add an addition or do anything to the exterior you have to be sympathetic to the surroundings,” he says. “It has to make sense and at the end of the day—it should look like it’s part of the house.” Though Mills has won awards for green design and technology and has been well trained in its use for decades, he does not focus solely on that aspect,

preferring, again, to work toward the desires of his client. He clearly excels at the use of environmentally-conscious elements such as incorporating geothermal heating and solar panels, which opens up another avenue for his clients without restricting him. Mills views his philosophy in very simple terms: “I always try to exceed my client’s needs within the scope of their budget and the things that they like—to try and really wow them.” Again, Mills’ modesty shines against his beautiful custom designs and homes and he says, “I think I have been relatively successful at that.”

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01 Ceramic tile flooring and cypress wood ceiling accent this large deck with wrap around motorized Phantom screens and built-in speakers to enjoy the Catherine Estate’s centralized sound system. 02 The ensuite bathroom has a modern cast iron tub with free standing faucet and glistening Calcutta marble throughout.


Catharine Estate Location: Niagara Region, Ontario Completion: 2011



by Tara Imperatore

For over half a century, the Hendriks family has been building custom homes and transforming residential and commercial spaces throughout the Niagara Region in Ontario. The family’s longstanding reputation of high caliber building and design began when Arnold Hendriks emigrated from Holland and parlayed his carpentry expertise into a successful business now known as Homes By Hendriks. Today, Ron Hendriks and his wife Yvonne carry on the tradition of providing quality craftsmanship and careful attention to their clients. “Working with our clients is a much more personal experience now,” says Yvonne. “Having been in business for over 50 years, our clients know they are dealing with a reputable company that has endured many different economic climates and has integrity and staying power in the industry.” At the core of Homes By Hendriks is an eagerness to continuously evolve to meet the ever changing

needs of the industry and its discerning clients. “We’re not into doing cookie cutter houses,” says Ron. “Every house is different and every client is different, so it keeps it interesting.” Whether it is being a member of the local Home Builders Association, briefing themselves on advancements in energy efficiencies and building technologies, or researching new ways to expand upon their existing portfolio, the Hendriks’ find it imperative to stay ahead of the game. “We’re always active on many levels whether it be education, fundraising or even new policy consultation. It keeps us current and on the front end of new information coming through,” says Ron. Keeping a finger on the pulse of the industry means staying on top of not only new construction trends, but the latest in marketing strategies. For that, the company enlists the help of some unlikely experts, its children. “They all have mar-

Catharine Estate Nestled into a ravine overlooking the Niagara Escarpment is the Catharine Estate. Meticulously crafted over 14 months, the half-acre lot was transformed into a family-friendly 4,800-square-foot custom creation. “From the front it’s grand, but unassuming which is what the clients wanted for privacy and security purposes,” Yvonne says. To take in the beautiful views afforded by the Niagara Escarpment, expansive Pella windows were installed and several outdoor living spaces were created, including those off of the main floor and master suite. A large sitting area above the enclosed pool can be enjoyed almost any time of the year, as remote controlled screens seamlessly lower down from the arched beams. The interior features 10-foot-high ceilings, modern styling with European accents, generous wood detailing, programmable lighting and shades, a centralized audio and video system controllable in each room and a complete security system viewable by computer or mobile phone.



03 The rear boasts a stunning display of grand, multilevel living spaces with several outdoor decks to admire the panoramic views of the Niagara Escarpment. 04 The grand staircase, complete with cherry wood treads and wrought iron railings, steps down to Jerusalem gold limestone floors and crisp white walls showcasing custom millwork.



keting skills and education in the business field so we encourage them to make suggestions that we can integrate into the company. If it weren’t for them we probably wouldn’t have taken a great initiative to update our website or get involved in social media,”Yvonne says. “Obviously, Ron’s forte is building and my forte is office administration. We don’t necessarily have a lot of time to get up to



speed in this area, so our children have been crucial in that regard.” Such insight has brought them clients from well outside their usual territory and has won their website an award from the Niagara Home Builders’ Association. Weatherburn, a custom home set on 10-plus acres on the shores of Lake Erie, showcases the precise

talents of Home By Hendriks. With a concept geared toward retirement living, the clients sought a home that would stand the test of time, while at the same time be a welcome retreat for family and friends. “Typically with retired couples, essential living space is on the main floor. They want to be in the same home for 10 to 20 years so we want to make it as accessible as possible,” Ron says. To

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05 The closet is outfitted with high-gloss cabinetry and display cases, glass front doors and shelves with recessed lighting, felt-lined drawers and a marble-topped cabinet for folding.


The Weatherburn Location: Halton Region, Ontario Completed: 2011



06 The Weatherburn project sits on the shores of Lake Erie. 07 The home’s living room features a fireplace and plenty of plush seating options. 08 A quaint, but regal dining room sits in an open area with views to adjacent rooms.

achieve the country home feel the clients desired, exterior features of natural stonework, a simulated slate roof, copper turret and impeccable landscaping were incorporated. The interior is warmed by hardwood floors, massive timber frame beams and cozy, rustic furnishings. Proof that Homes By Hendriks is one of Niagara’s premier builders comes from consistent customer satisfaction and referrals, along with over 30 local, provincial and national awards recognizing everything from construction excellence to customer

service, exceptional exterior detailing and even community service. Instead of reveling in 50 years of success, Ron and Yvonne work even harder to set the family business up for the next 50 as their son, Darren, has committed to join the legacy. “It keeps us sharp and on the cutting edge knowing we have to keep the business viable for it to continue,” Ron says. “It’s a tremendous compliment and responsibility knowing it will be passed on to the third generation. I can be assured that the exemplary quality and integrity that our company is renowned for will be maintained.”

A MESSAGE FROM SCHUIT PLASTERING & STUCCO In 1952, George Schuit started the family in the art of plastering and served the industry with honesty, integrity and high standards of quality workmanship. When George retired, Gerald carried on the business. Currently, the company specializes in a wide range of exterior stucco wall cladding for the residential, commercial and industrial industry. Schuit Plastering & Stucco Inc. continues to serve the industry with honesty, integrity and with high standards of quality workmanship as was taught by the “old school” tradesmen of yesteryear.




Inuksuk Lodge


Location: Kelowna, BC Completion: 2010


Inuksuk Lodge 01 The living room highlights T & G pine ceilings, wood windows, engineered wood flooring, locally quarried floor-to-ceiling rock fireplace and custom solid wood lighted display cabinets. 02 A low-profile warm and welcoming chalet greets you when you arrive at the front door. 03 The master en-suite has a custom-tiled steam shower with bench seat, dual sinks, granite countertops and kick lighting.

Weninger Construction & Design Ltd. AWARD-WINNING FAMILY BUSINESS REACHES NEW HEIGHTS by Elisa Revello

After acquiring design and drafting skills from a local designer during his high school years--along with already having learned the construction trade from his father--Marlin Weninger supplied local builders, including his father and uncles who headed an established construction business, with detailed construction plans. Marlin’s creative contributions in drafting and design complemented his father Ron’s expertise and in 1989 the fam-



ily founded Weninger Construction & Design Ltd. Marlin and his wife, Pauline, now direct the family-owned business, offering conscientious and personalized services to all of their clients. “Every project is important and we treat all of our clients with care,” says Pauline, who heads the marketing and public relations side of the company. “No matter what the size of the project, a small

The firm received the Tommie Gold award in 2011 for Excellence in Single-Family Detached Home 1-1.5 Million. A Juliet balcony off the master suite allows guests to overlook the great room with 23foot ceilings. Expansive 400 square feet of glass in the great room allows guests to take in the sunrise and sunset over the mountains. Guests can entertain at the pool table and bar on the main floor, and in the game area or theatre room, which holds a 120-inch screen television.

kitchen renovation or a condominium, we like to make it an expression of the owner and design in unique features to make it memorable.” Hailing from the thriving urban arts center known as Kelowna, BC, a town nestled in the Okanagan Valley, the Weninger name is reminiscent of quality construction and custom-home projects. The firm often works with friends and family and most of its business comes from referrals. Marlin’s love of sports, specifically golf and skiing, has been a catalyst to expanding his base. At Big White Ski Resort, Marlin found much opportunity. The firm has a special affinity for the custom home projects, working closely and executing the vision, incorporating a client’s wants and needs. Using

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04 The kitchen has expert lighting to showcase collectibles. The hand ground terrazzo floors with soapstone accents match the slab soapstone counters and sink provided by Canyon Soapstone. 05 The kitchen provides views of the forest and the hand-crafted wood ceiling with timber is from Pioneer Log Homes of British Columbia. 06 The fireplace in the living area continues outside to the patio and was done by a local mason with rock supplied by Rockworld.


Sierra Drive Location: Kelownna, BC Completed: 2011

Sierra Drive Designed by Pioneer Log Homes, the residence includes a custom fireplace that extends from the indoors out on to the patio and is comprised of local quarried rock provided by Rock World. Detailed woodwork is found throughout the home including an expertly crafted wood ceiling. The firm incorporated features that the owner wanted such as terrazzo floors with soapstone inserts finished by Silver Springs. The home also has an energy saving geothermal heating cooling system.


munity with more than 600 homes and an 18-hole signature golf course. After completing Phase One and nine holes of the golf course, another company bought the land and improvements for over 14 million dollars. Marlin and Pauline currently live on the sixth green of this development called, the Black Mountain Golf Community.

“No matter what the size of the project, a small kitchen renovation or a condominium, we like to make it an expression of the owner and design in unique features to make it memorable.” Pauline Weninger, marketing & PR 3D-design technology, Marlin provides his clients with the ability to position themselves inside a plan to perceive what it would be like inside a structure or on the property to look at the project from various angles. Terrain and sun position are also taken into consideration while making a complete plan. “My job is to incorporate the ideas and make them work together,” Marlin says. “Not only do I want to be proud of the product, but my goal is for the customers to be happy, keep the vision and hold it all the way through.” Weninger Construction & Design currently owns the majority of properties offering upscale

mountain living in Feathertop Estates. The firm’s Big White projects have included many customdesigned chalets, a 22-unit luxury condominium named Grizzly Lodge and a wine and tapas bar restaurant called 6 Degrees. In addition to the renovations and refits of various properties at the resort and in the surrounding area, the firm currently offers custom-designed chalets on ski-in skiout properties. Weninger Construction & Design was also the recipient of the Gold Tommie Award for excellence for its capstone project, the Inuksuk Lodge atop of Feathertop Estates. On the development side, the firm designed and received development approvals for a golf com-

For over 20 years, Marlin and Pauline have acquired a hefty list of local business contacts and incorporate local craftsmanship, like quarried rock, whenever possible. They can tackle unique and challenging projects and are particularly well versed in building on steep terrain. They also strive to keep up to date on the latest products and vendors to make every effort to adhere to a client’s budget. “For us it has to be an intelligent build,” Marlin says. “We do not want people to have regrets with the final product so we take the time to educate the client so they can make the best decision for themselves and use their money wisely.” The firm constructed a timber-frame residence that was designed by Pioneer Log Homes and will be going for another gold for their Sierra project. It remains to be determined where Marlin’s love of diving will take them next, but until then the firm will be working designs for multi-family mixed-use sites in Duncan, BC. “We love to make a design showcasing your unique visions and see them become a tangible reality,” Marlin says.




The Holler Residence Location: Penticton, BC Completed: 2012


It is clear that when it comes to their business, Eric and Vicki Gerrits are not playing by anyone’s rules but their own. After marrying near Eric’s home in New Zealand, they moved to British Columbia, CA. Soon, their vision for what a building and design company should be began to take shape. Vicki became increasingly interested in the business and noticed obvious gaps. They created Homescape Building and Design in 1995 with the idea that they would do things differently. “When we started Homescape we were changing the way we built,” Vicki says. “I realized there was a big hole where women weren’t getting what they needed in the way of design. I went back to school and got a certificate in interior design and we started up a company that was more of a whole package so we could offer everything to the client, not just the building process.”

volume builders, Eric and Vicki complete one to five homes a year, giving them the luxury of being extremely selective. “Most of the clients we deal with have come to us with the consideration to buy a property without a plan yet, so our relationships tend to be very lengthy,” Eric says. “It’s not unusual for us to be interacting with a potential client for over a year.” Concentrating their projects in the Summerland area where they have resided for nearly 30 years means giving expert advice and individualized attention to their clients. “We’re looking for a client that becomes a friend at the end of the process, which is typical for us,” he says. “We’re very hands-on owners. We don’t sit in an office and delegate down to personnel; we are those people, we’re on site every day.”

While other home builders may be apt to take on any project that comes through the door, Homescape prefers quality over quantity. As small

Creating homes that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but predominantly eco-friendly is at the heart of Homescape. “We get a real charge



When Tony and Barb Holler came to Homescape with a challenge, the Gerrits’ immediately accepted. Instead of purchasing a property on a plateau above the Okanagan Lake, it was located 100 feet down, directly on the shore. Over the course of three years, Homescape designed and built a 14,800-squarefoot home with highlights including a private dock and vineyard, 7,000 square feet of patio space and a 1,200-bottle wine cellar. The West Coast-style interiors are fresh and modern and maintain an indoor/outdoor feel by way of the bi-folding doors that line the lakeside of the house to expose the breathtaking views. Green technologies run the gamut from locally-sourced timber and rock and polished concrete floors to a low voltage controlled, automatic lighting system, and a geo-exchange heating and cooling system courtesy of the Okanogan Lake. Winning regional, provincial and national awards has this eco-friendly haven catching the eyes of more than just the occasional passerby.

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The Holler Residence

by Tara Imperatore



...for those with discriminating taste

“We get a real charge out of doing unique projects that are challenging, timely in the industry and are green oriented, which we were doing even when it wasn’t sexy yet.” Eric Gerrits, owner

out of doing unique projects that are challenging, timely in the industry and are green oriented, which we were doing even when it wasn’t sexy yet,” Eric says. The Gerrits were instrumental in bringing the BuiltGreen program from Alberta and adapting it to the province of British Columbia. They were one of the first to register for the program that, “promotes, encourages, enables and recognizes environmentally-responsible residential home construction practices,” and have built under its guidelines and requirements ever since.

01 This lakeshore home features clear Cedar siding, hand chipped and dry stacked stone accents by Shaun’s Masonry and a magnificent water feature designed and built by Aqua Gardens of Kelowna. 02 The master bedroom features extensive use of rift cut cherry millwork, Douglas Fir beams and ceiling, bi-folding doors and polished concrete floors. 03 An open floor plan shows the home’s living area that is surrounded above by long, rectangular windows.

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The Gerrtis’ passion for building and design will soon have them becoming their own clients and mixing things up once again. “We’re changing the way we do our business.We’re not going to be building quite so much for everyone else.We made the mistake one day of telling people we were going to slow down,”


04 The master ensuite features rift cut cherry cabinetry, Elise sinks and tub, Aquabrass “Love Me’ faucets and Zodiac Bianco Carrara slabs on all walls. 05 A wine cellar blends in seamlessly with the rest of the home’s decor on the lower floor. 06 Built on the shores of Okanagan Lake, this home is surrounded by a vineyard, silt bluffs and a private beach.

Vicki says. “Later we heard all around the province that people thought we had retired and we haven’t!” Eric says, “We’ll always be searching for that person that wants the services that we offer, which is lots of personal attention and involvement to produce the perfect house for them, with our twist to it.”

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Custom is Our Standard Proud suppliers to Sherwood Custom Homes 20 Estate Drive Toronto, ON. M1H 2Z1 P. 416.292.5400 | F. 416.292.9187 A MESSAGE FROM LANDMARK GRANITE


It has been a privilege working along with Eric & Vicki on

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themselves in exceptional quality-workmanship and

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home-owners, to create some of the most stunning, and awarded kitchens in the province.




The Wine Cellar Location: Toronto, ON Completed: 2010


Transitional interiors often feature tans and whites, creating a spacious, airy feel. “At the end of the day, people are going more contemporary, instead of using dark wood paneling,” says Taylor. “Light colors make spaces feel bigger and brighter.” “Less is more,” says Judy. “People aren’t collecting as much. There are cleaner lines, and you don’t notice knick-knacks. A lot of the closets we’ve



done are closed off. Clients don’t want clutter at all anymore.” Sherwood’s homes have a bright, crisp feel. The minimal interiors bring focus to the basic elements of the home. Things like staircases, once thought of as strictly functional, are recast as pieces of furniture, becoming emblematic of the home’s personality. “Our stairs and our railings have specific details that the clients have seen and really liked. They specifically want to create something to make the staircase a focal point,” says Taylor. “It’s an architectural feature. People really focus on the littlest thing, like the handrail. It’s just as important as anything else in the house now.” A particularly exciting part of a project can be the opportunity to use the space to do something new, such as a two-storey study with a spiral staircase leading up to a private reading loft. These lofts

The Wine Cellar For this residence, Sherwood created a dine-in wine cellar. The table and chairs act as the room’s welcoming centerpiece, and are flanked by matching wine cellars. One side holds Burgundy, the other Bordeaux, and both are separated from the room by glass partitions that maintain the proper climate for wine storage while guests dine in comfort. Having a collection of wine in the walls means that a bottle is always at hand for tasting, or to go with a certain course. Judy says it has a social benefit. “It’s a conversation piece. You talk about wines and traveling.”

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Taylor and Judy Moore, the founders of Torontobased custom home construction firm Sherwood Custom Homes, have noticed a trend in design. “We’re seeing a real movement to hybrid homes, with a more traditional exterior and what we call transitional or contemporary finishes on the interior,” says Taylor. The exteriors of these hybrid homes fits in with the neighbourhood, while the interiors are nouveau, reflecting the latest ideas in design.

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01 The wine cellar is complete with a tasting table and fireplace. 02 The great room’s architectural features are visible in the vaulted ceiling, custom shelving and fireplace. 03 Custom wood panelling covers the walls of the study. The winding staircase is a natural focal point of the room. 04 Space and efficiency were pivotal to the design of the kitchen. Luxury finishes and cabinetry were custom made for the homeowners’ specifications to create its elegant look.

have become one of Sherwood’s areas of expertise, and have also been re-imagined as kids’ rooms and play spaces. These personalized touches are the result of Sherwood’s engagement with its clients. “We have our own style, but we work with all different types of clients that have different tastes and different styles,” says Taylor. This variation can even be seen in the way that clients interact with the firm during the design-

ing and building processes. “Communication has to be customized for the client the same way that you customize the home,” says Taylor. “Some come to the site on a daily basis, and some live out of the country and communicate by doing conference calls with images and video. We’re building via Blackberry, iPhone and iPad. It’s all about transparency.” This digital communication is especially valuable to projects done by Sherwood North, the company’s division that, since 2003, has specialized

in building luxury homes a couple of hours north of Toronto in the lakefront resort destination of Muskoka. Because of the varied topography and Muskoka’s wealth of waterfront views, each project is unique, offering its own rewards. “We did a thirty-acre private island, and every bit of land had different features. It’s a very different process and customized product up there,” says Taylor. “Some of our best work has been in Muskoka.” When asked what the most satisfying part of the process is, Taylor and Judy answered simultaneously, “The end!” Taylor elaborated by saying, “The most satisfying part is seeing the project through to completion and the client being thrilled with the end product.” Judy agrees that seeing a pleased client, and earning their endorsement, is the best part. “They are putting a lot of money into these homes for their families. It’s not something they’re going to flip in a year or two,” she says. “They’re making their life there.”




The Melville Project Location: Peachland, BC Completed: 2008



Resounding clarity is hardwired into the DNA of the Canadian firm Miller Homes, which is headquartered in Kelowna, BC, and run by Neil Miller, a 25-year plus veteran in the architecture world. The team’s design core is part relaxed, part traditional but focused, and its portfolio is replete with unique homes, fusing panoramic lakeshore views, swooping roofs and asymmetrical angles. The team is like an orchestra, Miller says, with himself as the conductor. “I guess the important thing about my success is the team I built around me,” says Miller. “These people that work for me have a lot of talent. Richard Hewitt, of Hewitt Designs, does a lot of the architectural drawings for the homes I do. Carolyn Walsh does a lot of kitchen designs. Lynn Archibald does a good deal of the interior design. Nature Works does the landscape design. Another fellow, Steve Dudot, does the framing for me; he is very talented. Of course, if you don’t have



a home with good bones and decent frame construction it is difficult to have a good result.” The luxury home market is a very unique niche, Miller says. Wanting to stay in the valley near his family in Okanagan, Miller builds only within the Kelowna region. “In the last 13 years I moved into the luxury home market, a very niche market,” he says. “What I found is that in Kelowna the market doesn’t vary a lot here with custom homes so I have been able to keep pretty busy during various downturns with the economy. And so I have a lot of success building custom homes. I am a smallvolume builder with only two to three homes a year and they are usually lakeshore homes.” With luxury homes, each and every detail is important. Colin Sutherland, of Sutherland Construction, acts as the closer, foreman and general contractor on all of Miller’s projects and homes.

“Although he may sound like one of the more minor parts of the team, he is one of the main people on the job that make a successful build happen,” says Miller. “He comes into the house around drywall stage and he is an absolute detail fanatic. He has twice the eye than me for detail. No little thing goes unnoticed; my customers just love him.” With so many individuals working on a project, it is important everyone works as a team. With a staff that has worked seamlessly on numer-

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01 The infinity edge pool connects the natural beauty of Okanagan Lake to the spacious patio. Beach entry, natural rocks and a waterfall complements the stunning effect of the Melville Project’s design. 02 Situated on a steep property with a highly visible roof when descending the driveway, the choice of roof tiles was critical for this home. Using the mottled green clay tiles blends in well with the surroundings and complements the casual and relaxed tone of the project. 03 A spacious and open living area boasts a grand piano views to the upper rooms. 04 The lavish bathroom is gilded in copper accents. 05 Marble walls and floors add sophistication to the simplistic design of the bathroom.


The Melville Project The terra cotta roof was chosen to reflect the Casa Melville flavor with mottled green clay tile from California. Accenting the home’s Spanish influences are the floors and patios, which are natural quartzite stones of 16-inch-by-16-inch tiles. The infinity edge pool connects the natural beauty of Okanagan Lake to the spacious patio. Beach entry, natural rocks and a waterfall complements the stunning effect of the design. A geothermal system supplies heating and cooling as well as auxiliary heat for the pool. The granite counter tops accent a modern glass-eating bar with custom wood cabinetry. The home’s open floor plan and crisp color palette is brought to life by the massive living room, skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows.




06 The winged roof of the Peterson Project allows south light into the living room areas as well as providing an interesting interior ceiling space. 07 The home features a high, wooden ceiling and stone pillars.

The Peterson Project Location: Kelowna, BC Completed: 2011

The Peterson Project The contemporary infused home mixes traditional pieces and flare to please both homeowners’ competing tastes. The stunning exterior is a combination of natural stone and acrylic stucco. The large lot situated on the lake with the swimming pool in the foreground offers excellent views. The house is heated and cooled with a geothermal system, which offers auxiliary heat for the swimming pool. The winged roof allows south light into the living room areas as well as providing an interesting interior ceiling space. With a predominant west-facing orientation, the exterior patio roof is extended to provide better late afternoon sun protection. Beautiful tile and hardwood floors can be seen throughout the home with travertine marble accents in the bathrooms.

“If you don’t enjoy building your house, then something is wrong. It should be a very non-stressful enjoyable experience. We are very sensitive to our customer’s needs.” Neil Miller, owner #54



ous projects over the years, Miller stresses this is why he has been so successful. “If you don’t enjoy building your house, then something is wrong,” he says. “It should be a very non-stressful, enjoyable experience. We are very sensitive to our customer’s needs.” Starting great customer service early on in the design process, Miller and his team help the clients reach their dream project goal through lots of planning. Miller has had customers request changes to the design nearly mid-build and they had to start from scratch.

“I built a house for some people a few years ago and they had another fellow do the design work for them,” he says. “When we got started on the job they start telling me about all the changes they wanted. I said hold on. I told the excavator to turn off the machine.” With their previous architect unwilling to help, Miller’s architect Richard Hewitt stepped in. “He looked at it for about two minutes, threw it in the garbage and said, ‘Ok, where do we start?’” says Miller. “It was the right thing to do.”

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01 The living room, clad in white with neutral accents, opens to the kitchen and dining area.

Location: Guelph, Ontario Completed: 2010

Guelph Home


After 25 years as a framing company, the Fergus, Ontario-based Timberworx expanded to become a fully-fledged custom builder, constructing unique homes across the Guelph region. Judging by its numerous national, provincial and local awards the move to custom building was the right one to make. With president Shawn Marsh at the helm, Timberworx produces truly individual homes that emphasize each client’s unique style. Project manager with Timberworx, Eve Claxton, says it is this dedication to the client that sets the company apart. “We actually get to know our clients,” she says. “We build personal relationships and that’s a big deal for us. We only build a certain number of homes per year so we’re very particular about who we take on, we’re working with clients that mesh well with us.” Timberworx not only offers clients an excellent build, the company emphasizes a hands-on approach to customization. “There are so many words that are over used in this industry and ‘custom’ is one of them,” Claxton says. “We’re unique, we’re



actually building custom, individual homes. We don’t just give clients a list of their choices and walk away. We get to know them and we are with them through every step of the process.” As Claxton puts together most of the company’s speculative homes, she is well versed in the elements that make an individual home. Her interiors often bring together disparate elements and diverge from the well-worn paths of her competitors. “We focus on design and spend a lot of time on the details,” she says. Claxton admits to driving her colleagues a little crazy with her dedication to the end result and to a few sleepless nights spent worrying that the look will come together. “I like to make sure I’ve gotten it right,” she says, “and it always turns out great. People are so excited to see something fresh and new and something that’s not the same old home.” Timberworx pairs clients with an interior designer from the region, such as Linda Dolman-Weddel at Accents for Living in Aberfoyle, Ontario, but

This 2,800-square-foot home in Guelph, Ontario was built with a busy, professional couple in mind. The modern two-bedroom home features an Arriscraft stone exterior and bright, contemporary bleached Oak flooring throughout. A linear fireplace in the living room offsets traditional window trims and accents the vaulted ceilings. The living area features floor-to-ceiling windows that open to an outdoor living area complete with gas fireplace, water fountain and sound system by Station Earth. A soapstone island by Greenville Soapstone in the kitchen mirrors a custom range hood and the two-inch marble counter frames a 45-inch Kohler sink and the kitchen’s full range of Gaggenau appliances. Chandeliers add drama to the living, dining and sleep quarters, while herringbone glass and a white-tiled floor from The Ensuite Guelph give the ensuite bathroom a fresh traditional-meets-modern feel.

remains with the client throughout the process to offer a guiding hand and ensure the project stays on budget. “We work closely with the designers,” Claxton says, “and always try and find the right look at the right price.” Timberworx also encourages its clients to ensure their home reflects their individual tastes. “I love watching people find their style as we go through the process,” she says. “We get to the end of the

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02 The bedroom features an elegant chandelier and windows that look out onto the home’s property. 03 A quaint dining room has a minimalistic design and elegant decor. 04 Keeping with the theme of minimal design, the bathroom features a glass-enclosed shower and classic tub.

project and I hear people say, ‘I don’t even know what to do with myself anymore.’ At the end of the day when they move in and they are happy and it is completely tailored to them and their personality and their character. That’s what we’re looking to do.” Timberworx’s team of three, Marsh, Claxton and operations manager, Chris Mannhardt, are there to make the process of building a home easier and more enjoyable. “Building a home can be extremely overwhelming,” Claxton says. “But it shouldn’t be a terrible process. When people go out and try and do it on their own end up disappointed. It can be

a daunting and time consuming task so it’s nice to have a team of people behind you.”


Since building in the Guelph region Timberworx has received several awards on the local level, won the OHBA SAM award for most outstanding custom home 2,500-5,000 square feet 2012 and was a finalist in CHBA National SAM awards for another project in the same category. Claxton says the response has been overwhelmingly positive. “We’re doing a lot of things people aren’t used to seeing in this area. The response has been phenomenal.”

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Great interior design transforms a house into a home - it sets the stage for living. Established in clusive projects including lake side cottages, model homes and country estates. Since then, Nadine has brought her experience and expertise to residential projects across southwestern Ontario establishing solid working relationships with clients, suppliers and trades. This has earned her the reputation for creating unique, functional, and timeless interior design solutions that bring simple pleasures back into the homes of all her clients.




01 The master bedroom features dark hardwood floors, custom crown molding and an expansive walk-in closet with built-in shelves for storage. 02 A modern wood and glass staircase exudes style and functionality while connecting levels throughout the home.

The Avalon Location: Oakville, Ontario



Holiday lighting. Maid service. A good masseuse or a personal training session. These are just a few services that traditionally would not warrant a call to a home builder. Unless that builder is Naheel Suleman. Suleman, the president of Toronto-based HUSH Builders, is seeking to breathe fresh life into the phrase, “customer service,” with a little inspiration from wildly successful enterprises such as Mercedes and even Mickey Mouse. Before launching his company in 2000, Suleman worked as an accountant in a variety of industries, including residential construction, where he saw a gaping disconnect between “seller” and “buyer.” For builders, a house was a product, a “widget” to move out of inventory. But for buyers, it was an emotional experience that clashed with the “blackout” periods during construction, when they were not welcome on-site, and a design process that alternated between leaving them to their own



defenses and herding them like cattle through overwhelming showrooms. It was a quote from the great Walt Disney, on the key to his empire’s success, that finally clicked for Suleman. “He said Disney isn’t about animated characters or theme parks – it’s about making kids happy,” Suleman says. “That was our ‘aha’ moment. That was the genesis of HUSH.” Following the Disney example, the client’s experience – designing, building and then living in the home - became the product, rather than the home itself. “We want to provide our buyers a best-in-class experience, from the sales process to designing their home. It’s about experiencing their home. The actual house is a by-product,” Suleman says. He also found plenty of customer-centric inspiration in the luxury hotel industry and a few choice brands in the high-end car market.

“I always compare ourselves to the car industry. Right now in homebuilding, you have a lot of GMs, Fords and Chryslers – a lot of production builders that serve the market. And then there are the Rolls-Royce’s and the Lamborghini’s, who produce a limited number of cars or, in our case, custom homes. But there wasn’t a Mercedes or a Lexus, who builds a larger number of homes, but also very high-end homes,” Suleman says. “Our buyers can say, ‘I own a HUSH home,’ just like you can say, ‘I own a Mercedes.’”

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The Avalon Builder Naheel Suleman believes that every buyer should have a customized experience that exudes a certain air of luxury, whether the company is designing from scratch or working with an existing plan.“Ninety-nine percent of the homes we build are custom-designed, because buyers have the ability to customize any of our plans to fit their lifestyle,” says Suleman, the owner and president of Toronto-based HUSH Builders. One example of this “standard customization” is Avalon - one of the company’s seven established communities. Inspired, in part, by the laid-back luxury of Provence, France, it includes just 13 homes situated on a cul-de-sac near Lake Ontario. The French Provincial-style homes, designed by Hicks Partners, include elegant finishes such as limestone and stucco exteriors, masonry detailing around the windows, coffered ceilings in the family room and dining room, custom-milled 7¼-inch Colonial wood baseboards on all floors and solid granite or Caesarstone countertops. In addition to these standard upgrades, buyers are able to design their own landscape plan, with the help of a landscape architect, and personalize their cabinetry systems from Braam’s Custom Cabinets.

In addition to standards that are considered billable upgrades by some builders–such as an air-source heat pump, complimentary services for custom homes and existing plans include, a concierge who works on behalf of the buyer, from attending meetings to introducing them to community events; a moving coordinator; an evaluation of the home’s floor plan, in consideration of the client’s furniture and artwork and a 30-point inspection after the first year.


concept borrowed from the automotive market. The certifications are kept on-file, like a record of oil changes for a car, with the goal of providing a selling point, if needed in the future. “If you’re going to buy a used Mercedes, you’re probably going to go to the dealer, not to a used car lot,” Suleman says of the company’s documentation.

For those who want something closer to an allinclusive package, optional services include customdesigned HUSH furniture and HUSH-exclusive home good lines, including bedding and linens by Frette, flatware and glassware by Mepra and china by Rosenthal.

Some of HUSH’s catering options are more about lifestyle than home construction or maintenance. Clients can contact the company to set up at-home car cleaning, personal training, massage or yoga sessions, and, yes, catering and party planning.

Even after buyers move in, HUSH offers services such as lawn maintenance, snow removal, housecleaning, holiday décor and lighting, pool maintenance and home-improvement projects. Optional yearly home inspections are another value-adding

Suleman says being able to connect buyers with providers who have been “vetted” by HUSH was a natural extension of the intimate relationship his team develops with clients, as well as the luxury experience they deliver.

03 Custom cabinets by Braam along with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops provide a sleek finish for the kitchen area. 04 Custom wood flooring paired with elegant furnishings and accessories add an elegant touch for the entryway. 05 A traditional dining room sits off of the main hallway and kitchen utilizing the open floor plan when entertaining.

“Our buyers are million-dollar buyers. They don’t want to worry about taking care of their lawn. They want to be serviced,” he says.

A MESSAGE FROM CAMEO KITCHENS Recognized as best of the best 2012 by the Robb Report Magazine, Cameo Kitchens and Fine Cabinetry has been producing cabinetry and millwork of exceptional quality for over 25 years. Using superior materials and finishes, combined with great design and customer service is what make Cameo Kitchens an industry leader. Offering our clients a large selection of wood species and finishes, we are able to satisfy even the most discerning taste. Although we utilize state of the art manufacturing equipment to produce superior products, we still keep true to our motto “never abandon hand craftsmanship in favor of the mass produced.”



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01 The south side of the residence showcases an outdoor wrap-around deck and a natural rock fireplace, transported from Montana.

The Kamploops Project

The Kamploops Project

Location:Kamploops, BC Completed: 2012

The Kamloops project serves as a perfect example of the design and build process that has kept A&T Project Developments Inc.’s clients satisfied for two decades. Designed to be kept within the family after the original residence burned down, the property is built on a private lake. Although the owner only saw the project twice in-person because of their location in Vancouver, the client was kept up to speed through an online computer program that continuously updates the project with a total of 1,500 pictures from beginning to end. All of the water from the residence is pumped from the lake through a water treatment facility located in the house to make the water drinkable. Stamped concrete heated floors add to the fundamental ambiance of the residence, along with natural wood-burning fireplaces. Natural stone from Montana was imported for benches and fireplaces. There were numerous challenges with lighting and insulation, and all electrical work had to be completed prior to insulation. The owner did not want to lower the original ceiling so metal was bolted into the pine timber roof. The natural feel of the Kamloops project exemplifies the combination of trends, technology and tactfulness that makes A&T Project Developments Inc. a continued success.

A&T Project Developments Inc. PROJECT PRIDE A STANDARD OF SUCCESS FOR BC CONTRACTOR by Rodric J. Hurdle-Bradford

Maintaining success is often equally as difficult as reaching success, whether it be for an individual or for an organization. For A&T Project Developments Inc., the company’s commitment to innovative design and building standards has been vital to its growth as one of the largest general contractors in the Thompson-Okanagan region of British Columbia, garnering top recognition within the province’s building industry and beyond. “Regardless if it is a residential or commercial project, the customer is number one and we treat all projects the same with the upmost respect,” says Jeff Arnold, owner of A&T Project Developments Inc. “We knew that the residential and commercial industries are two different industries and for us to grow we always needed to treat them as such.” A&T Project Developments Inc. has established the internal processes and protocol to meet the

urgent sense and ongoing deadlines required for commercial clients, while observing the needs and patience required by residential clients. A&T Project Developments Inc.’s core values are active listening and mutual respect for clients and trade specialists, as well as a commitment to innovative design and building standards. “We learn everyday and honesty has been key for building relationships,” says Arnold. “We understand that our commercial clients want to get projects done fast to get capital moving in quickly while our residential clients are more emotional and it is a long-term process. We take pride in excelling in both situations.” The majority of the company’s residential business comes from word-of-mouth due to the high quality of its completed projects. Development projects have also become an increasing part of

its business during the last seven years. The company has developed a 76-unit property in Sun Peaks, BC, a 30-unit property named Mosaic in Kamloops and a 165-unit senior housing project that will have an additional 100 units as part of the campus care for seniors called RiverBend Seniors Community.




02 The dining and kitchen area features heated concrete flooring, custom timber ceiling with engineered metal bowstrings and recessed lighting. The contemporary kitchen features granite countertops, espresso Maple cabinets and under-cabinet lighting with a glass subway tile backsplash. 03 The outdoor Montana rock fireplace has a recessed hearth and Fir timberwork and overlooks the lake.


“Now with each project and each client interaction we know that we have to maintain our reputation at the highest level.” Jeff Arnold, owner

“When we first started I was hungry for whatever, and that is to be expected when you are new,” says Arnold. “Now with each project and each client interaction we know that we have to maintain our reputation at the highest level.” A&T Project Developments Inc. partners in over 100 construction projects annually. While many of its projects are new construction, an equal amount involves serving as construction manager or renovation and redevelopment of existing facilities. This has resulted in the company honing its skill in completing projects while buildings remain operational, as well as finding solutions that allow projects to be completed on schedule and on budget without significant impact to occupants or operations. Arnold’s background on the commercial side of the business has been a large factor in his firm’s success, but the culture has been able to establish



with his employees is the most important factor to their rapid growth over the last two decades. “Just like any business your team and the human resources aspect are crucial,” says Arnold.“ You have to have a team that understands the importance of building relationships and helping the customer. We hire employees that fit that mold and screen for them during the interview process.” Although the company enjoys a level of success that many firms could only wish for, A&T Project Developments Inc. still consistently looks for ways to increase efficiency in the processes for even higher levels of customer satisfaction.

A MESSAGE FROM EXCEL INDUSTRIES Old World Quality meets New World Style. Since 1965, Excel Industries has been an industry leader in the manufacture of finely crafted kitchens & cabinetry. Blending old world craftsmanship with modern technology, Excel products are renowned for their beauty and durability. Visit us at A MESSAGE FROM MYRONS DOOR & GATE SYSTEMS For 20 years A&T Project’s has been building homes that have become famous for their quality and design. Myron’s Door and Gate is proud to be the supplier for all of their overhead door needs and for over 40 years has specialized in the supply and installation of commercial and residential overhead doors.

“We are always trying to improve our processes because construction details can sometimes become overwhelming, especially for the residential clients,” says Arnold. “Without the right team to execute these processes we would have nothing.”

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The Gifford Residence Location: Kawartha Lakes,Ontario Completed: 2011


The Kawartha lakes region of Ontario is one of Canada’s most beautiful. Its name, taken from the Curve Lake First Nations tribal phrase that means, “land of reflections,” the Kawartha’s have attracted countless retirees and tourists from throughout the broader Canadian and American Great Lakes region. When these visitors set down roots to become locals, builder Randy Smith and his company, R.M. Smith Contracting Ltd., take pride in designing and building homes that evoke and celebrate the natural landscape.

that window is too big or too small or in the location, we can definitely move it. But we’ll also say, ‘Here’s why it should be here.’”

“We’re able to design projects that don’t just fit the customers’ needs but the area’s,” says Smith. “We encompass a lot of stone [and] natural woods for a home that sits on the waterfront and blends nicely. I think the key is being in the business for 30 years, and understanding angles and squares and how they go together to create something balanced.” And if they do not hit the mark, he says, “We’re always in a position where a customer gets on site and decides

The journey has not all been strictly work and no play. Smith is also an accomplished musician, playing guitar, writing and singing songs, with a fourth album recently recorded. “An artist in any capacity, I think it’s just basically a release from your every day job, whether it’s a great job or monotonous,” he says. “It takes you to a different place.” Smith’s father was a musician, and so is his son. People have suggested to Smith he should quit his day job to be



Smith has been wearing a tool belt since the age of 11, learning trim carpentry and then a variety of jobs for a maintenance company in Toronto. “I was only 25 and in charge of 15 men and looking over 10,000 condo units,” he says. Soon after, he started R.M Smith Contracting. “I’ve done a lot of things and absolutely thrilled at the journey I’ve had.”

The Gifford Residence Located in a wooded setting in the Kawartha Lakes region, the 2,600-square-foot Gifford Residence is a fusion of simple, elegant design and a craftsman’s sense of beautifullyarticulated materials. “The house blends in great with the forest. It’s just experience and having the ability to visualize a project before it even goes to paper,” Smith says. Centered around an entry marked with ten feet by ten feet beams, the exterior is clad in stucco and Shouldice stone, the latter of which is actually comprised of three stones of varying sizes that Smith’s team shaped into an undulating, natural-feeling look. “Every mason that works in the field is an artist. This isn’t a stacking block; they have to get that shape,” he says. The inside is contemporary in its clean lines and open plan, but warm and cozy through its extensive use of richly-toned wood and natural materials.

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03 01 The Gifford Residence has expansive windows in the living room that look out onto the Kawartha Lakes region. 02 The exterior shows stones surrounding the home. 03 The kitchen island provides a perfect place to lounge with ample bar seating.

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Visit the NEW Whelan’s Flooring Centre for all your flooring needs a full-time musician. But to build a house, he says, is not that different from recording a song. Smith says he enjoys being creative in both professions, and that each discipline has taught him about the other. “I know many times in the studio we might be three quarters of the way through the song and in my mind I can hear an oboe or a cello, so we interject that,” Smith says. “Nine and a half times out of 10 it’s the right call. In the same way, it’s a rare commodity in our business to have people who can run a business physically on-site and be able to coordinate sub trades. There are good builders who don’t run their companies well. There are good managers who don’t build things well. After almost 30 years, I guess for me the proof’s in the pudding.”

also designed a series of terraced gardens outside the home as it faces the lake. As if designing and building homes and making music were not enough of a creative outlet, he also provides the photography. “I’m able to look through my lens and create a story around that picture,” he says. “I just held a seminar for builders. I told them they need to see a story in each picture. Through my photography and building and knowing the people I have and being able to look at buildings around the world, I’ve realized that design can be building, writing music, taking pictures. It’s all a design-build and how you fit that piece of art together.”


The proof has definitely come. For instance, one of Smith’s projects--the Hoag Residence--was just honored as runner-up in a national awards ceremony for custom homes. Situated on a hill overlooking a lake, its blend of natural materials such as stone and wood is complemented by a Smith-generated design that balances modern and traditional style. R&M

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LIVING ON THE EDGE Stepping out of ou into unconventionar comfort zone l designs


01 The sleek outline of the home is mimicked in the reflections of the pool and natural stone in the backyard.

The Brown Residence Location: Okanagan, BC Completed: 2011

The Brown Residence


Builder Glenn Fawdry has been enthusiastic about renewable energy for as long as he can remember. The owner of Fawdry Homes, based in British Columbia, says that his interest in energy began back in the late 1970’s and 80’s. A student of building sciences, Fawdry went on to not only study, but teach as well.   He taught locally as well as internationally. He was flown to Haikado, Japan to teach courses on energy-efficient building techniques. After starting the firm in 1983, Fawdry’s acquired skills, knowledge and insistence on quality have led him to become the reputable builder he is today. With growing interest in energy-efficient housing in the 80’s, the Canadian government formed an R2000 program. The first R2000 home in Kelowna, B.C. was built by Fawdry in 1983.   “Oil costs skyrocketed in the mid 70’s and people were taken aback by the price of gas,” says Fawdry.  “R2000 was, in a lot of ways, easier to sell back

then than it is now. Currently, people are talking more green, but for whatever reason, up until now, it still seemed an easier sell in the 70’s.”   With numerous recycled and reusable materials on the market today, having so many options can be both an asset, as well as a challenge. “A lot of geothermal and solar materials are being used more,” says Fawdry. “More and more people are leaning toward these systems.” Still, the homes Fawdry builds do not announce themselves as green—their good looks are traditional, without the edginess that can characterize eco-building.   This traditionalism is common with the large, custom homes that Fawdry is known for.   Fawdry Homes has been the winner of 43 housing awards. The company’s staff of 16 works together to create quality homes with consideration of the environment a part of each and every one.  

The 5,700-square-foot gem, completed in 2011, sits nestled in the mountains with an Okanagan Lake view, as well as a valley view of a stunning golf course. The view did not come easily, however. “We had to remove many truckloads of rock to get started on the project,” says Fawdry. “A few hundred I believe. We had to remove a big portion of that to fit the house on the site.” Efficiency at its finest, the heating system is a high velocity system with geothermal, while the pool is heated with geothermal as well. The sleek outline of the home is mimicked in the reflections of the pool and natural stone in the backyard. The balcony is a haven for relaxation and spectacular views. A rich oasis of plant life lines the home’s exterior. The home’s interior is lined with beautiful detail, including the Brazilian Cherry kitchen cabinets and Bighorn Creek stone.

Fawdry is a registered housing professional, with over 30 years of experience. He is a certified residential builder and has been rated a master builder, which is the highest level attainable from the former New Home Warranty Program. These achievements have led him to a successful client base. Fawdry prefers to build





02 Earthy tones in the foyer inspire a warm welcome to the home’s main entrance. 03 The spacious kitchen area features two cooking stations finished with state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances and deep chocoalte cabinetry. 04 Warm tones carry into the master bathroom creating a calm and relaxing enviornment for the occupants.


“The more work you do upfront, the smoother the project goes and the happier the client is.” Glenn Fawdry, owner

solely in the Okanagan. “With large custom homes, you have to be there on the job site every day to manage things well. “You lose touch when you cannot be there regularly,” says Fawdry.  “I have no desire to spread across the province.”   Typically, projects can take anywhere from one to five years from the initial meetings to the final completion. “It really varies and depends on size and detailing,” he says. “We live in the mountains, and that can add to the challenge.” Details are key during the building process.     “Larger houses can definitely be more challenging because typically, the clients have more to invest in a home and are more specific in their requests, ” says Fawdry. “They aren’t cookie cutter type houses generally. The bigger they



get, the more complex they get, and that can be challenging as well as exciting.” Being patient and understanding is why the firm has been so successful, Fawdry says. “We listen well and we are patient,” he says. “You have to be. We build only in Kelowna, but half of our clients are from out-of-town.” Spending signifi-

cant time initially with the designer, client and engineers can save precious time later in the project. “The more work you do upfront, the smoother the project goes and the happier the client is,” says Fawdry. “After all, we are building their dream home and want them to be completely satisfied and excited about their beautiful new home.”

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01 The deep hues of the Maple hardwood floors by Fitz Flooring is carried through the home. 02 The custom deck features stack-stone pillars and views of the surrounding neighbourhood.

Aspen Ridge Terrace This traditional, 3,500-square-foot home is located in Aspen Ridge Terrace, a prestigious neighbourhood located in South West Calgary. The home showcases elegant custom finishes and trims and has a refined but homely feel. Maple hardwood floors by Fitz Flooring run throughout the home and add warmth and texture to the living area, while a traditional fireplace from Diamond Fireplace and Stone and custom cabinetry provide elegance. Chandeliers by Cartwright Lighting add drama to the living area and a custom maple and powdercoated steel spiral staircase by Signature Staircase adds a sense of romance to the space. A downstairs office with custom maple cabinets by CABICO has a distinctly masculine air. The exterior is finished in natural stone by K2 Stone

Aspen Ridge Terrace Location: Calgary, Alberta Completed: 2011

and features an expansive deck area.


Building is in Nikola and Dubravka Simunic’s blood. After immigrating to Canada from Croatia as teenagers in the ‘70s, where Dubravka often accompanied her father to building sites and Nikola was a fitter and welder by trade, the Simunic’s built their own home from scratch. The couple’s services were soon in demand among family and friends and after decades of building and renovating they established Marsonia Homes in Calgary.

Six years later the couple continue to build elegant speculative homes and offer renovation and maintenance services. The couple is well known in the area for their distinctive builds and attention to detail. The Simunic’s have a shared passion for the design of each home. Nikola imagines the home and sketches floor plans and roof pitches before

delivering his vision to an architect for drafting. Dubravka chooses the colour scheme and finishes and is the driving force behind the daily operations of the site. The couple has a hands-on approach to each build and their work ethic and dedication is apparent in the story behind the build. “We’re both involved in the build right from the beginning,” Dubravka says. “We’ll be on site in minus forty degree weather with our jackets on shovelling snow so we can build the foundations. We really see it through.” It is Marsonia Homes’ dedication to each project that, Dubravka says, keeps the business thriving. “We make sure we do everything right the first time,” she says. “We do this so the client is happy but we also do it for ourselves, we want to know



03 The chandelier provided by Cartwright Lighting adds elegance and style to the living area. 04 The office features extensive use of rift cut cherry millwork and bi-folding doors.

“We’ll be on site in minus forty-degree weather with our jackets on shovelling snow so we can build the foundations. We really see it through.” Dubravka Simunic, owner the quality of the work is there so we never have to worry about getting a phone call to say there’s a problem.” It is a simple philosophy and judging by the number of thank-you letters, e-mails and phone calls the couple receive, it is one that serves them well. Dubravka says they are often contacted by homeowner’s requesting their services for renovations and maintenance years after the initial build. While Marsonia Homes concentrates on speculative builds, the company is always happy to assist in renovations and prides itself on continuing to offer these services well after the keys are handed over. The detail in each home reflects the care the couple takes in every aspect of the build. Nikola fabricates and installs the majority of the woodwork in the homes. He crafts customized railings, cabinets and furniture from Canadian Maple and Cherry wood, depending on the needs of the project. He also does the plumbing and tiling for each project himself. “He really is a talented guy,” Dubravka




says. “He does so much of the work himself and the quality is always there.” Dubravka says they also take great pride in the quality of the landscaping for each build. “We put a lot of time and effort into the garden,” she says. “The homes we build usually end up having the best garden on the street.” Despite Marsonia’s existing commitment to thorough work, the couple are constantly looking to improve the quality and efficiency of the building process. Dubravka says she is always on the lookout for inspiration for her interiors. The couple has a shared vision for elegance that has been refined over more than thirty years building homes. They share an impressive work ethic and take pleasure in delivering quality custom builds. The couple also visits trade and home shows to seek out home trends, materials, inspiration and ideas and Dubravka says they are constantly on the lookout for inspiring ways to do things better. “We treat it [homebuilding] the same as we would our own home and that’s how it should be,” Dubravka says.

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The Willowgrove Home Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Completed: 2011

The Willowgrove Home


Cam Skoropat, co-owner of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan’s Lexis Homes, studied mechanical engineering at the University of Saskatchewan and started investing in real estate renovating and reselling, buying rental properties as a side project to his full-time engineering career.

Skoropat and Hill share an entrepreneurial mindset and a passion for custom home building. “We are different people who, as a team, complement each other’s strengths,” says Skoropat. “He is more the site coordinator, working with the trades, and I am more focused on marketing and sales.”

When he began reading Robert Kiyosaki’s, “Rich Dad Poor Dad” he inadvertently came to one of life’s crossroads. The book opened his eyes, he says, and intrigued him with the notion of entrepreneurship. “I realized that in many ways it is safer to control your own destiny,” he says.

The company’s specialty is modern designs with signature projects that stand out with progressive exterior styling. Lexis also does its share of infill work, which opens more doors to creative freedom as established neighbourhoods tend to be free of the design restrictions common in new neighbourhoods.

Nine years ago he left engineering for full-time development, in partnership with Duane Hill. The pair formed Lexis Homes—a full-scale new construction firm providing ground-up custom home building services, including interior design.



Lexis’ typical client has exhausted their search for the perfect existing space and is looking for a mid- to high-end custom space that fits their lifestyle. The designs are driven by clients’ imagi-

The kitchen in the Willowgrove Home by Lexis is an ultra modern space with fresh contemporary finishes and a bright, airy design that maximizes natural light. The backsplash is a single over-sized window providing sweeping views of the backyard and nearby park. The inspiration for the rest of the 2,109-square-foot, two-storey home hinges on this feature and on keeping the walls free of upper cabinets for clean lines and a modern, artistic aesthetic. A central island is clad in custom Walnut panelling and the quartz counter tops cascade to the floors. Space is created throughout with ten-foot ceilings and a custom open riser staircase constructed of the same oak hardwood as found on the floors. The exterior is a naturally influenced series of horizontally-nested facades that stack to create an unobtrusive contemporary look that integrates seamlessly with the surrounding suburban neighbourhood. A flush, squared-off garage meets three facades of stucco and Cedar panelling, under a modern low-slope roof.

nations, and integrate a few key features pioneered by Lexis in Saskatoon. For instance, Lexis’ homes begin with the garage within the mandatory 20foot distance from the property edge, but rather than build behind the garage, the rest of the home is constructed alongside it, ensuring cleaner, more cohesive lines on the exterior, a warmer garage space thanks to three shared interior walls and a potential gain of 15 to 20 feet in the backyard.

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01 The oversized white Oak flooring is a showstopper in this award winning home. Coupled with the vast 10-foot-high ceilings and supersized windows throughout, the home provides a bright and inviting environment. 02 The kitchen features unique elements such as custom stainless steel countertops, wallpaper wall treatments and contrasting components between the dark millwork and whitewashed walls.

“This makes our floor plans significantly different from other builders’,” says Skoropat. “We don’t have a pre-set list of floor plans for buyers to choose from; we like to try out new things. We don’t take the easy way out by doing the same things over and over.” Lexis also establishes modern appeal on the exterior with natural Cedar or hardwood and tile work cladding, and by avoiding the typical tiles or masonry. Flat and low-slope roof lines, sometimes in multiple staggered configurations, also create a distinct architectural flavour that is unique in Saskatchewan. The firm’s interiors create a fresh, contemporary edge, pushing boundaries and searching for a continuous line of original ideas. Inclusive interior design services give the company an edge in this department, and allow a more streamlined process from floor planning to interior finishing. “We knew that if we were going to focus on high quality design that we should hire certified professionals in this area,” says Skoropat. This list includes a variety of interior design professionals who add to the individual aesthetic Lexis Homes is known for. Establishing relationships with clients and collaborators keeps Lexis Homes in the top tier of the building industry, in spite of the challenge the company has seen from the real estate market in the past five years.

home for the first time so we must do a lot of preplanning to avoid issues,” says Skoropat. “We also have to be nimble when there are items we need to address during construction.” So far, Skoropat’s attention to every last detail has paid off. Lexis Custom Homes was a top five finalist for two national homebuilder awards in 2011 and won its first local Bridges Award the same year. Most of what makes the award-winning company so appealing to clients is its understanding that every project is mutually exclusive from the next. “For most of them [the clients] it is about building cool, unique homes,” says Skoropat. “Sometimes they want expensive, but they always want unique.”

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Saskatoon has had one of the hottest real estate markets, making it a challenge to secure lots for new construction. Another hurdle is the difficulty in building one-of-a-kind homes every time. “There are always challenges with building a

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Rockcliffe Park Location: Ottawa, Ontario Completed: 2009


Valenti started his own company in 2004, and with the birth of his children, changed the name to Valcorp to honor them. Today it stands on a solid foundation built upon 20 years of project management experience, a team of leading architects, designers and craftsmen, and a work ethic deeply rooted in Valenti’s Italian heritage. “I’m a



perfectionist. When I do something it has to be done 100% right,” Valenti says. I think that’s the Italian in me that wants to do things the right way, otherwise I don’t do them at all.” Before he started producing dream homes for discerning clients, Valenti was developing and designing luxurious properties for himself. “I started doing these houses for me, lived in them six months to a year and then listed them for rent or sale,” he says. “Eight years later, now that I feel comfortable in my own skin as a designer, project manager and builder, I am building for others.”

01 The kitchen has Irpinia cabinetry and a curved island. A black-tiled floor leads to French doors that open to the exterior covered porch complete with outdoor fireplace. 02 The home’s upper area has long wooden flooring and metal railings. 03 A wide Maple staircase is two-toned and the custom powder-coated espresso metal railings and spindles were fabricated and then capped with a Maple wood handrail.


As President and CEO of Valcorp Development Inc., Marco Valenti is overseeing the cultivation of stunning multimillion dollar homes in the Ottawa area. From ground breaking to hanging up the last picture, Valenti is on-site making sure every last detail is executed flawlessly. Not only is the building process under Valenti’s watchful eye, but he is also the interior designer. “I can’t draw, but if you put me in an empty space and I close my eyes, when I open them I can see it all in full color,” Valenti says. “Then I have a designer or architect draw what I see…I pick the colors, the flooring, the kitchen, everything.”

The prestigious neighbourhood of Rockcliffe Park is the site of one of Valenti’s personal creations. On an expansive 12,000-square-foot lot sits this transitional style family home featuring a traditional peak roof and stone exterior that opens up to contemporary lines and state-of-the-

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Marco Valenti, president and CEO

art technology throughout. The 7,900 square feet of living space is comprised of four bedrooms-the master suite located on the first floor--highdefinition movie theater, 1,500-bottle refrigerated wine cellar, loft seating area overlooking the breakfast nook, outdoor covered patio with fireplace and a completely finished 3,000-squarefoot basement. Further expanding the home’s large, open spaces are the dramatic high ceilings. Those above the great room and kitchen extend twenty to twenty-five feet; the second floor sees nine-foot ceilings; and the basement’s highest point is at ten feet. Elegant picture windows line the walls, allowing natural sunlight to stream through, brighten each room and glisten off the dark stained maple and oak wood flooring.

A longtime trusted name in kitchen design, Irpinia leant its expertise to this Rockcliffe Park project. Recognized for over 50 years for its sharp attention to detail and use of only the highest quality materials, the trusted brand constructed this $200,000 kitchen, complete with Caesar quartz countertops and custom cabinetry. “Once the cabinetry is built, they assemble the entire kitchen in the plant as it would be in the house,” Valenti says. “Then, they paint it as one piece so the textures and colors flow and there are no inconsistencies.” Though he has enjoyed creating for himself, Valenti has turned his attention to responding to the changing needs of the market. He is looking toward building luxury multi-residential investment properties as well as continuing to deliver

high-end custom residences to clients. “I want to work with people who want beautiful multimillion dollar homes, want someone who has integrity, and cares about perfection in the finished project,” Valenti says. “For me, success is measured in knowing I go to work every day, do what I love, and do it to the best of my ability.”



THE TEAMS Expert homebuilders, adept at revamping projects individually, collaborate with other impressive craftsmen to create nearly flawless masterpieces.

Friesen Residence Location: Abbotsford, BC Completed: 2010


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Su Casa Design Copper Creek Homes BY BRIAN LIBBY PHOTOS: JAYSON NOFTLE The name of the Abbotsford, BC firm Su Casa Design may seem to refer to that age-old saying, “Mi casa es su casa,” or “My house is your house.” But the feeling goes deeper than that for Su Casa Design founder Andy Friesen, who has spent a lifetime thinking about the places where people live. Friesen is involved with not only Su Casa Design but also a construction and interior design company--Copper Creek Homes--both of which show his preternatural talent for whole-house creation that has been with him since a young age. “I was drawing houses even at seven years old,” he says. “In elementary school kids would ask me to draw up for them their dream homes.” Just a year beyond high school with only a drafting certificate, Friesen was scouted by a local startup architecture firm and hired to oversee residential design. “Right from day one, it was like, ‘Here, design a house,’” he says. For six years he handled all residential at the firm and as customers began to ask

01 Plush style and functionality merge together in this modern nursery room. 02 The bold chandelier and ecentric artistic wall display pose as the focal point for the dining room. 03 Simplistic design, clean lines and neutral colours serve as the backbone for the bathroom’s character. 04 The interior design contrasts light and dark tones and textures, from the stained Cedar ceiling to white-painted brick fireplace.

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“I love thinking about the flow of the house and how people will live in it. I have so much fun taking my clients on the journey.� Andy Friesen, owner

05 Artistic accessories and stylish furnishings tie together playfully to provide for talking pieces when entertaining in the living room. 06 The master bedroom features modern bedside lamps and tables while the silvery clad wallpaper adds texture and depth.



Friesen Residence When Andy Friesen and his wife decided to start a family, they knew they needed more space. The couple loved west coast contemporary houses from the 1960’s and 70’s, and soon found a fixer-upper. “It was so ugly on the inside, it scared everybody because it was so much to take on. But it had such amazing bones, especially the floor to ceiling glass. I was sold immediately,” says Friesen. The house was stripped down to its studs, with Su Casa and Copper Creek replacing all the lighting and finishes. The interior design contrasts light and dark tones and textures, from the stained cedar ceiling to white-painted brick, tied together playfully with touches like a zebra-striped rug in the living room, or silvery wallpaper in the master. “It took us a year to do the whole house,” he says. “But then my wife walked in and said, ‘This is it. This is totally it.’” The exterior is a naturall Cedar panelling, under a modern low-slope roof.

about interior design services more and more, he began to learn that skill as well. But having his own firm was always part of the plan. Having two? That came more serendipitously. “I was doing a custom house project: interiors, architecture, the whole package,” Friesen says. “The contractor and I decided we worked pretty well together. He approached me to start doing some spec building, which also went really well, and that’s when we created Copper Creek Homes. I also looked at it strategically. A lot of clients I was designing homes for didn’t have a builder and ask whom I’d recommend. I felt very comfortable with Marvin Falk and he’d take care of my clients well. Although my clients can go with whomever they choose, with Copper Creek I know they’ll be happy.” The twin powers of Su Casa and Copper Creek can be seen in the Sumas Mountain Residence, located on a heavily wooded hillside in British Colum-

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07 An interesting arrangement of windows adds an unexpected architectural twist to the bedroom. High-vaulted ceilings, natural wood elements and a secluded outdoor patio are some of the features to this private retreat. 08 Low-profile furniture establishes a minimalist vibe throughout the living room and was planned to provide unobstructed views through the vast wall of glass windows. 09 The open stairwell was designed to bring the outdoors in. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows, glass railings and a suspended open riser staircase allow natural light to flood the space from every direction.



Most notably, Friesen designed a basement that is hardly subterranean. “I didn’t want it to seem like they were entering some dungeon, and I wanted to draw your eye to the stairwell to connect the upper and lower floors,” he says. A sunken well was built on the front of the house, festooned with pebbles and ferns, and then a bridge was built to the front door. Inside, Friesen made the stairway connecting the basement and upstairs a focal point, minimal in form yet bringing in light from multiple sides. bia. Here craftsmanship, elegant materials and an imaginative design exist in harmony. “They’d bought a five acre piece of property, heavily wooded on a mountain with cedars and evergreen trees and a creek running from the top down to the lower end,” Friesen says. “They said they wanted to do a west coast modern contemporary house. So I worked from there. But the inspiration came from the setting, completely. The driving force was this creek that surrounded the house on three sides, and the views in every direction of forest. I had to take into consideration where the sun came up in the morning and went down at night. I didn’t want them living in a dark house. But I came up with some really crazy ideas and they were totally for it.”


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The kitchen and master bedroom are just as full of light. Anchored by a quartz-topped island, the kitchen looks out from a wall of windows onto a covered patio with an outdoor fireplace. “It’s an extension of the kitchen into the yard,” Friesen says. The master bedroom lies beneath a sloping cedar ceiling that expands the view outward to its own private patio. “It’s something different from the norm,” he says of the house, but it could also be true of Su Casa and Copper Creek in general. “I love thinking about the flow of the house and how people will live in it. I have so much fun taking my clients on the journey.”

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The Haynes Residence Location: Calgary, Alberta CA Completed: 2010

Rawlyk Developments John Haddon Design BY JESSICA KIRBY John Haddon specializes in high-end residential architecture in any genre and style, with an express preference for the grand scale and intricate details of classic architecture. “Classic design stands the test of time,” he says. “And isn’t dedicated to a specific decade.” Haddon has been designing homes across North America for over 30 years.

project; something Rawlyk Developments--the company John Haddon Designs recently collaborated with--knows well. Owner Doug Rawlyk has been a project manager creating exquisite custom designs for clients since 1997, when one of his first houses built on spec led to an impressive line of referrals. The trend for inner city development is not new in Calgary where prime untouched real estate is rare. The drive to stay connected and work in the city means a steady market for the redevelopment of older, smaller or less functional properties. This is where Rawlyk comes in to construct high-end, creative, one-of-a-kind homes for a discerning clientele looking for a fresh, functional space in the heart of Calgary.

Balance is an essential component of his design signature, depending more on visual harmony than on symmetry. “Symmetry means equal and opposite,” says Haddon. “Balance is just about the home being visually balanced weight-wise, so if there is something heavy on one side of the house, something of equal size or proportion [is] on the other side.”

“The homes we are replacing can be from anywhere near the 1900’s to the late 60’s, or piecemeal properties with a nice lot,” says Rawlyk. Authentic materials—natural stone, acrylic stucco, Cedar exteriors and soffit-fascia assemblies, copper downspouts and chimney spouts—create a tasteful, classic look and timeless durability. “All homes, regardless of size, receive a high level of finish,” says Rawlyk. “Nothing is off the shelf.”

The roof line and window style can complete or destroy a design, he says, and the amount and intricacies of the millwork beckon the eye without overpowering it. “You want something inviting, but that isn’t in your face,” says Haddon. “Orientation is also important.” The principles apply whether the project is an estate home, an extensive renovation or an inner city infill

The Haynes Residence that the two companies collaborated on is a 6,000-square-foot classically-styled dream home in Calgary’s Glenmore Park. The client’s expressed an indulgent wish list including an air-tight, ventilated wine and cigar bar in the basement and a hot tub on the upper deck overlooking the park.


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01 French doors by Calgary Sash and Door overlook the backyard in the master suite. The fireplace is situated near a cozy sitting nook. 02 The foyer is a two-storey entry complete with a barrel vault ceiling and panel detailing on the staircase.

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03 The dining room features a heritage table and buffet.

“Everything we do is very challenging and unique.” And no matter the size, they become interesting homes.” John Rawlyk, owner

The millwork style and level of detail is reminiscent of the early 1900’s, as are the masonry fireplaces and a two-storey vaulted front entry. The rooms are spacious and spread out, each with a dedicated purpose including a private den, library and dining area. The home truly embraced the backyard because it backs onto the green space of North Glenmore Park in the estate community of Lakeview Village. “We wanted to embrace that whole view from both levels,” says Haddon. “This meant orienting the rooms in the right locations and using lots of windows.” A large family room allows a number of activities to go on at the same time and is located for easy access from all three bedrooms. The kitchen is designed for family function and for entertaining—a large island ensures adequate space and seating, and a spacious pantry is a chef’s dream. A stage in the basement is a space where the children can play and perform for guests along with a complete home theatre and private gentleman’s den with a fabulous wine room. It was important to keep the home in line stylistically with the neighbouring properties, meaning the third car garage was set back from the street so it would not appear out of scale. They wanted the home to feel softer; the A-frame dormers brought the two-storey emphasis to a story and a half look. Rawlyk says that though every project comes with its own hurdles, the process is still enjoyable. “Everything we do is very challenging and unique,” says Rawlyk. “And no matter the size, they become interesting homes.”

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01 The entry side of the residence from the winery was designed with a “Tuscan-like” feel.

Vineyard Paradise Residence

Barnett Construction Ltd. Nesbitt Originals Ltd.

Location: Naramata, BC Completed: 2011


Founded by Paul Nesbitt in 1981, Nesbitt Originals Ltd. specializes in highend custom residences and luxury estates. Based in Kelowna, the majority of Nesbitt’s work is based in British Columbia, but he and his team have designed and built homes all over the world. “Nesbitt Originals offers its clients both design services as well as ‘turn-key’ construction management services,” says Nesbitt. Each and every one of its projects is unique, marked by immense attention to detail and luxurious finishes. As such, his firm has won numerous local Tommie Awards, the provincial Georgie Awards and the national Sam Awards. Working in collaboration with Barnett Construction Ltd., Nesbitt’s most recent projects is the Vineyard Paradise Residence, an estate vineyard in Naramata, BC. The initial contact with the clients came via Nesbitt’s website, which the clients found when searching for a luxury home designer for this very home. Subsequently, Nesbitt says, “I met with the owners person-

ally to discuss all the design elements and needs, prior to recommending the local builder, Barnett Group, who had pursued our firm to do other design projects for them in Naramata.” Founded by Kevin Barnett in 2000, Barnett Construction Ltd. is a custom home builder that focuses on high-end residences. As with Nesbitt, most of Barnett’s work is in the Naramata region. Barnett places great value on providing the highest quality possible. When transforming the client’s dream home into a reality, the home builder is dedicated to using local materials, green technology as well as professional and experienced trades. In addition to vineyard estates, the company has worked on lakefront homes, view homes, family homes and retirement homes. “Our building and design style embodies our clients particular architectural preferences,” Barnett says. “We have been very successful building homes of all styles.” He sees his team as the driving factor behind all of these projects. “They have bought into our

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“When you have clients who travel the world, and who are used to a level of excellence, it requires a collaborative effort from both the design team ‘Nesbitt Originals’ and construction team ‘Barnett Construction Ltd.’” Paul Nesbitt, owner


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02 The dining area opens to the kitchen and has wooden windows that keep one connected to the views of the vineyard. 03 The upper covered patio looks out onto an outdoor fireplace just outside of the master bedroom, complete with a folding sliding door. 04 The pool area looks out onto the home’s personal vineyard. 05 The master bedroom ensuite highlights the freestanding soaker tub and vaulted ceiling. 06 The rear of the home displays upper and lower covered patios and an impressive pool area. The hot tub anchors the symmetrical house design layout.

service philosophy and each of them work tirelessly to exceed our clients expectations,” he says. 06

With respect to the Vineyard Paradise Residence, Nesbitt says, “The goal was to take in the panoramic vineyard and lake views from inside the home, and out on the patios, from both levels.” According to Barnett, “When you have clients who travel the world, and who are used to a level of excellence, it requires a collaborative effort from both the design team ‘Nesbitt Originals’ and construction team ‘Barnett Construction Ltd.’” He in particular wanted, “to apply all of [his firm’s] best construction practices and workmanship.” He says, “When we were complete, our client told us that ‘he has been to some of the most amazing places in the world, and that our efforts rivalled or exceeded many of those locations.’” Nesbitt is especially proud of, “mixing the traditional old world Tuscan look and feel with a clean modern vibe in the planning layout.” As a particular highlight, he singles out his design of, “The entire roof structure with exposed, wire brushed, glue-laminated beams, so as to create that open air feeling that you expect to see with the Tuscan culture and architecture.” Barnett, too, “love[s] the

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07 The Lake Breeze Estate Vineyards Wine shop incorporates similar design elements as the rest of the home. 08 The vineyard looks back up toward the home, which is nestled into the lush hillside.


views created from the upper outside deck.” He describes the area as, “exceptionally comfortable. You look out over the lake, pool, and vineyards and the design of the covered overhangs create a cool and comfortable place to be, even on the warmest Okanagan days,” he says. Further samples of unique products within the Vineyard Paradise Residence include the Valley Pool and Spa. Loewen provided the windows and sliding doors within the house, while Plexus Doors was called on for all of the interior doors and front entry door. “Each of these are from reclaimed timbers, making them eco-friendly,” Barnett says. All in all, Barnett is, “proud of everyone on the project.” Should a home owner have any kind of question after their residence is completed, Barnett is quick to respond. “Our team is always available to our clients to assist them with any issue they may have regarding their home,” he says. “This has led to great referrals and represents a big portion of our future work.” Always looking for new, exciting projects, both he and Nesbitt are busy working on other homes. “Barnett Construction Ltd. is a partner in a Naramata subdivision ‘Kettle Ridge.’ We are currently completing the first home at the site, with new starts scheduled for spring. We also continue to build several custom high end homes every year in the Okanagan region,” says


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Barnett. Nesbitt, in turn, is, “developing a line of cool craftsman styled homes for up at the Black Mountain Golf Community in Kelowna.” Speaking about the overall design style of his building company, Barnett says, “We believe that there is a great difference between a house and a home. Having our clients involved throughout the process allows for a seamless transition to making it their home.”

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DESIGNERS Creative and enthusiastic minds with a flair for enhancing spaces that reflect a mix of their imagination alongside a client’s personality, needs and desires.






01 The Avenue features an entry hall, which is adjacent to the powder room. 02 The library/guest room looks out onto the home’s property. 03 The entry hall leads to the home’s living room. 04 The living area showcases a Flexform sectional sofa and Cassina chaise longue. 05 The corridor to the master bedroom has custom doors with art glass panels. 06 The master bedroom has a custom bed and headboard.

Location: Toronto, ON Completed: 2011


Shelley Kirsch started her professional journey in city planning, but quickly transitioned to interior design. “I realized I was better suited to work with people on how they live on a more intimate level,” she says. This year marks the 29th anniversary for which she has had her own firm: Shelley Kirsch Interior Design and Decoration.



The Toronto-based company completes most of its work in Ontario, including numerous homes in an area known as Cottage Country. The company specializes in design and building projects, full house renovations, as well as interior updating. Past projects range from single rooms to whole house projects, including numerous vacation

homes. “I create modern, eclectic buildings and interiors,” she says. Moreover, Kirsch designs her own furniture, and is working on a line of lighting for a New York lighting firm. In addition, she is also currently working on a kitchen commissioned by a major appliance manufacturer, to be incorporated into the company’s 2012 ad campaigns. With such a wide variety of talents, she does not have a favorite project per se. “However, being able to conceptualize the exterior, interior, furnishings and landscaping for a home is truly a rewarding and highly creative experience,” she says. In order to conceptualize all of these details, Kirsch conducts an extensive set of interviews before commencing any planning work. “I am

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The Avenue The clients of The Avenue project are business executives, with the wife being fond of India as a travel destination. Closely adhering to the clients’ wishes, Kirsch sought to, “create a colourful, warm and dynamic interior with high function.” This includes numerous Italian products, as well as some of Kirsch’s own designs. She is particularly proud of the custom doors, art glass panels and the wainscot, which incorporates glass mosaics. In the master bedroom, you can sit back on a Matteo Grassi woven bench or a chaise longue by Flexform. The latter is also the manufacturer of the sectional sofa in the living room. In the living room sits a Simon coffee table and an asymmetrical chaise by Cassina, the company that also supplied the dining room chairs. The dining room table, front hall console and bench are all by Shelley Kirsch Interior Design and Decoration.

committed to designing idiosyncratically for each client,” Kirsch says. The client’s involvement, in turn, may vary according to his or her interests, wishes, availability and other determining factors. Regardless of the clients’ involvement, Kirsch assures that they will, “receive a turn-key result with little disruption to their own schedule.” Specifically, Kirsch does this by, “providing liaison services to all trades, which allows for supervision at the highest degree,” she says. In the process, she frequently works closely with many artisans to complete custom finishes, which are Kirsch’s specialty. For example, when working with Donna Scharfe on the renovation of her family’s home in the Beaches neighbourhood, Kirsch found numerous graduates via the arts program at Sheridan College. She subsequently worked with them on further projects, too. In fact, a sensibility to arts and crafts has characterized her work on numerous occasions. The 1920’s High Park house, for instance, includes a fireplace adorned by hand-painted tiles.

“Being able to conceptualize the exterior, interior, furnishings and landscaping for a home is truly a rewarding and highly creative experience.” Shelley Kirsch, principal

Glass, too, is frequently used by Kirsch to enhance interiors. She calls to mind the glass insets used for the doors and windows of the High Park building, as well as the art glass panels, and the wainscot with glass mosaics at The Avenue project. No matter whether it is tiles, glass, mosaics, panels, insets for windows or doors, Kirsch incorporates diverse materials in an artistic fashion. With this full-service approach to designing highly imaginative and functional interiors, it is no won-

der that much of her work is repeat and referral. Her small practice offers clients flexibility and personal attention, all coupled with creativity. It is thus that the client is introduced to novel ways of thinking about his or her individual environment. This happened, for example, with her clients Doug Harrison and Margaret Grottenthaler. Thanks to Kirsch’s recommendations, they went from considering a traditional cottage design to following a more modern beach house style, and were very satisfied with the end result. Overall, the





07 The powder room is clad in shimmery yellow, creme and taupe tones. 08 The entry hall features custom doors and mirror. 09 The dining area situated near the living room provides ample natural light and views of the city.

goal is that by working with Kirsch and her team, clients will improve and transform their experiential reality.


As for Kirsch’s own reality, she says that she is, “inspired by the natural and crafted world.” The Art Deco period provides frequent clues, “as to how to keep my interiors timeless. I do not seek out ‘trends’,” she says. As such, she herself aspires to simply continue what she is doing right now. And having been honored by Canadian magazine House and Home as being named one of the top thirty-five designers in Canada of the last millennium, it appears that she is on the best path to even more success.


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01 The master en-suite has floor-to-ceiling polished crema marfil marble, chrome fixtures and a glass drop chandelier, which provides beautiful reflective qualities to the room. 02 The vanity/desk area houses a beverage fridge.

HighPointe and McKinley Landing Homes

McKinley Landing Location: Lake Country, BC Completed: 2011



Upon being asked which kinds of projects she usually works on, designer Nicole Begrand-Fast smiles. “Usual is not big in our vocabulary,” she says. As the principal of Begrand Fast Design Inc., one of the leading design firms in Western Canada, she says, “We can be working on a multi-million dollar custom home, a state-of-theart sustainable DIRTT Green Learning Center and a sushi restaurant all at the same time.” In fact, this is precisely what the company is doing right now.

Begrand-Fast’s own creativity and sensitivity to her environment and surroundings is the driving force behind the company, which provides a full range of services to its residential and commercial clientele. “I will never in my lifetime use all of my creative ideas that I have in mind,” she says. Already at age 16, she helped her parents design their new home. “In my teens and early twenties I had the opportunity to travel a lot,” she says. “This of course opened my eyes to architecture, design, art and culture and that just fueled the fire!”

At the HighPointe House, Begrand-Fast, “wanted to achieve a soft sophisticated and very contemporary interior.” The challenging cliff lot overlooking Lake Okanagan was chosen and the home was designed by builder Scott Ross of Timberhaven Homes. In such a large home, “flow and continuity of design was paramount,” says Begrand-Fast. While the HighPointe home is currently for sale, the McKinley Landing Residence serves as a summer getaway for the clients that Begrand-Fast has worked with on several occasions. “[The clients] travel the world on business, and see inspiring interiors everywhere – they wanted to bring some of those elements into to each of their homes,” Begrand-Fast says. What characterizes the McKinley Landing project is, “very detailed customization, with a bespoke, sophisticated nature.” According to Begrand-Fast, it is this fact that makes the residence look and feel like a, “fabulous boutique hotel.” She says, “From the custom infinity outdoor spa, private lakeview decks for each guestroom, guests would feel like they’ve arrived to a luxury resort, but with the warmth of a home.” Further unique products throughout the residences include Hilliard lighting, Lutron motorized window shades, Mirage floors, Nathan Anthony furniture, Bocci and Antoine Proulx furniture.




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04 03 The suite is private, selfcontained and tranquil. It includes a private deck with outdoor spa tub, napping sofa and television. 04 The kitchen was custom designed by Begrand Fast. Marble countertops and raised bar seating makes watching the chef at the teppanyaki grill entertaining. A mosaic marble backsplash adds great graphic interest with the warm white millwork.


Her studio began in Saskatchewan and is now based in Kelowna, BC, where it continues to maintain an approach that, “is always fresh” and “dynamic.” Begrand-Fast says, “Some designers pigeonhole themselves into a ‘signature style. Our approach is different.” The studio always aspires to show uniqueness, flexibility and ingenuity. If Begrand-Fast had to describe her company’s style, it would be, “intuitive and urbane, with a sophistication that is not stuffy or tried, but emits ease and pleasure.” She says, “We prefer ‘wow- that’s Begrand Fast Design doing something, new, exciting and different again’ as opposed to ‘you can tell that this is a Begrand Fast Design style’.” As a multidisciplinary studio that encompasses all aspects of interior design including furniture design, complete interior and exterior specification, and much more, the company prides itself on delivering true design. “We use the latest technology



and software, so we are not spending our hours administering a concept,” Begrand-Fast says. This way, “We are spending our, and our clients’ time designing, which allows us to bring world-class design and concepts to the table.” In fact, Begrand-Fast’s most rewarding projects have been those that, “come together in a contemporaneous, collaborative way. When all involved parties are in sync – the client, the architect, the builder, trades, etc., the process and the final outcome is always amazing!” Upon being asked how she goes about the design process and whether her clients are involved at all stages, Begrand-Fast says, “In some cases, a client will want us to be the directors all the way – basically ‘carte blanche’. Others prefer to be involved every step of the way.” In Begrand Fast’s experience, it is not always easy for a client to stick to

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05 The front foyer of the HighPointe House is an introduction of the dramatic floating staircase, a signature piece the builder uses. Cast concrete tiles add texture to the staircase wall and the sculpture is by Jordi Alfaro. 06 The floors in the kitchen and dining area are an ebonized brushed wide-plank Oak and are offset by the lighter rift white Oak millwork. The cabinetry was lacquered in a rich gray tone and repeated in the back painted glass that fronts the island. 07 Set atop a mountain, the home blends beautifully with its surroundings. Grand vistas include the city of Kelowna, Okanagan Valley and Lake Okanagan.

HighPointe House Location: Kelowna, BC Completed: 2010

the initial plan. “There are of course changes and situations that come up that require an alternative solution, but if a client is still ‘shopping for the dress’ after the initial plan is laid, it can hinder the process,” she says.

behind her work stems from, “Many areas – art, travel, people...” In addition, she also notes that a lot of inspiration comes from her staff and her husband, “All design aficionados. We live and breathe design – it truly is a passion!”

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The design plan itself is presented after numerous meetings with a client. Here, “Understanding [the client’s] needs, the function and design style,” is essential. We translate this into a strong design plan that focuses on the client,” Begrand-Fast says. “We will often push the envelope, introducing concepts, products, finishes that a client may not have considered.” The company achieves an impeccable design plan, and then provides a full package to the client. As for future projects, Begrand-Fast says, “We live in a beautiful part of the world here in the Okanagan Valley – I would like to amplify unique design on a larger scale.” Specifically, she has a winery and a boutique hotel on her radar. Despite her strong ties to the place in which she lives, Begrand-Fast replies that the inspiration

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01 The contemporary kitchen features a combination of quarter sawn Walnut and highgloss black/brown cabinets. The geometric marble backsplash is a stunning backdrop for the Jonathan Adler island pendant.


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Hospital Home Lottery Location: Saskatoon, SK Completed: 2012

Atmosphere Interior Design Inc. Recognition by your peers is one of the highest forms of flattery in any industry, but especially in design, where there are an infinite number of possibilities for every residential project. For Trevor Ciona and Curtis Elmy, partners with Atmosphere Interior Design in Saskatoon, their attention to detail combined with their contemporary style mixed with a traditional influence has allowed them to earn recognition throughout North America. BY RODRIC J. HURDLE-BRADFORD

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Established in 2004, Atmosphere found its niche in a smaller market like Saskatoon by bringing new design options to clients in the city. These options have led to being named as a, “Designer to Watch” by Western Living magazine and being featured in Style At Home magazine. “By nature design is a collaborative process, so finding the right allies is paramount,” says Elmy. “The client, contractor and design need to be in perfect sync so Atmosphere works with industry leading suppliers and trades to ensure their vision is achieved. Getting recognition outside of our province has helped because it gives us more credibility and exposure.” Elmy and Ciona attend all client meetings together, with one person listening and the other taking notes. “We have different approaches to how we look at design and our clients feed off that,” says Elmy. “It adds an extra dimension to the design because we are always very open to what the clients want, but we still push them to get outside their com-


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fort zone to create a special design specifically for their needs and tastes.” With a move in the future to the 2nd Avenue Lofts--where the company will not only have new offices but its first furniture showroom--Atmosphere understands the location and what the clients expect from the area. The company also puts clients at ease with open discussions about their living needs and personal tastes. “It is amazing the kind of information we receive from clients in a couple of hours just by listening,” says Elmy. “As the amount of projects increased in the higher-end market, it has been a skill essential to our success.” One of Atmosphere Interior Design’s first ‘statement’ projects was a large media that featured advanced and integrated audio/visual technology combined with a classic design. “We don’t impose our design preference on clients at all because they are the ones that are going to have to live with it,” says Elmy.

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02 The master suite features a four-poster bed and a Schumacher ikat wall covering. A great wall of windows allows amazing views from the second floor. 03 The powder room features a wood and marble countertop and elegant wallpaper. 04 The attached garage allows entrance to an upscale storage area.

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05 The main floor great room centres around an 18-foot high fireplace. Two-storey windows allow amazing natural light into the space and natural Walnut hardwood floors add warmth to the space. 06 Table detail. 07 A large ensuite shower and free standing tub allow for the perfect “at-home spa� feel. Velvet drapery panels and woven wood blind add texture to the room.


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The media room proved to be a foreshadow of the future success as they worked with Audio Warehouse and Custer Construction to win Best Large Home Theater in the CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Award is Level IIII Bronze Technical Design. As Atmosphere Interior Design has expanded its clientele throughout the years, the company’s services range from elevations, kitchen and bathroom remodels, outdoor entertainment areas and finish details. “We were lucky in the sense that we connected to the right clients at their right time with the right amount of work early in our career,” says Elmy. “It is a very small province and we are fortunate that word spread quickly about the high-quality and unique aspect of our designs.” A key to the long-term success of Atmosphere Interior Design has been vendor selection. By building stable, long-lasting relationships with contractors and subcontractors, they have been able to clearly communicate the project results to clients prior to the beginning. “Over the years we have eliminated those vendors that didn’t work well with us because it is important for us to always be creative and unique,” says Elmy. “Eight years later we still have the same passion and it is easy for people to pick out.”

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02 Keeping in mind the sophistication and glamour of the “roaring 20’s,” a dazzling chandelier is seen in the hotel, with a similar chandelier hanging in the Hawksworth Restaurant.



aking a leap of faith, Alessandro Munge and Sai Leung conceptualized their boutique studio from a dining room table after deciding to move on from an established Canadian design firm. Munge Leung was established in 1997 with the desire to build a practice that delivered dynamic and inspiring design solutions in a variety of specialty areas, with its early work focusing on Toronto’s residential and hospitality industry.

Fifteen years later, Munge Leung has become one of Canada’s leading interior design firms with an international reach. The firm inspires through timeless design and a versatile portfolio including five-star hotels, luxury residential condominiums, exclusive private residences and beautifully executed restaurants. Since tapping into the luxury hotel market, Munge Leung has differentiated itself from other firms by offering a comprehensive approach to design.

03 A sitting area can be witnessed through a glass enclosure. 04 The colour palette for many of the hotel’s guest suites was kept clean and simple in order to bring out the richness of the custom furniture. 05 A mini version of the custom chandelier seen on the main floors of the hotel hangs over an elegant dining area in the guest suite.

“We are able to create spaces at a five-star luxury level, and at the same time create a contemporary nightclub,” Munge says. “There is a distinct difference in terms of aesthetic and program. We do not stamp-out our projects. Instead, we look to create a personality that is a signature, and unique for every project – from the ground floor to the penthouse level, they are truly distinctive.” With design expertise encompassing and expanding beyond the finishes and furniture for a hotel’s public spaces, guest suites and restaurants, Munge


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Leung has the ability to plan and reconfigure layouts for a whole complex, focusing on the hotel’s programmatic and operational requirements in their entirety, while respecting the project’s local culture and staying true to the vision and concept of the brand.


“We are giving our clients, the owners and operators of established hotel brands, a look and feel that is outside the box,” Munge says. “We are thinking of the future of the brand. Dealing with future generations, we need to be forward-thinking and define the next movement in the hospitality market to create an environment that is timeless and lasting.” Having grown to a 30-person studio, Munge Leung has completed its first five-star luxury hotel property, the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver, BC. Originally called the “Grand Dame” of Vancouver, the legendary boutique hotel was constructed in 1927 and famously hosted the likes of Elvis Presley and Katherine Hepburn. Updates to the hotel include a re-design of the hotel’s guest rooms, public spaces such as the meeting rooms, ballroom, entrance lobby and spa, food and beverage spaces such as the 1920’sinspired lounge, the Prohibition Lounge and Hawksworth Restaurant. Munge Leung and its team dusted off the original blueprints to reinvigorate the building’s classic architecture while simultaneously highlighting the historical elements with modern artwork and custom fixtures.

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06 The staircase is an original construction of the hotel’s designer. 07 A sitting area in the hotel boasts detailed millwork, which was re-stained to reflect the updated design. 08 Contemporary artwork can be seen throughout the hotel’s main floors.




09 The dining room has plush booths and ample seating in the Hawksworth Restaurant. #114


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The Hawksworth Restaurant Location: Vancouver, BC acclaim #115 Completed: 2011


10 An arched corridor allows hotel guests to pass through each room in the restaurant. 11 Rows of seating and an impressive wine cellar complete the regal feeling of the restaurant. 12 A bar area provides guests with plenty of libations. 13 The restaurant bathroom provides all of the comforts of home with an upscale feel. 14 The restaurant kitchen is accessible to the right of the wine cellar. #116 the #142 acclaim age of elegance

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The Hawskworth Restaurant The restaurant consists of three different and elegant rooms with signature themes: The Pearl Room, a dining room that features a custom sculptured ceiling, a custom chandelier by Lasvit and double-sided fireplaces; the Rodney Graham Room--named after a local Vancouver artist whose work is featured in the space--which features the same dining table and chair design as seen in the Pearl Room; and the Bar Lounge, which was designed as the social meeting room with leather panels and a chrome and granite bar. The room also features Wengefinished wood accents, antique bronze mirrors and a variety of wine and sprits. The Rodney Graham Room and Bar lounge are perfect for daytime lounging and dining, while the Pearl Room functions as an elegant evening getaway. European-inspired transitional arches connect each room, allowing visitors to pass easily between each.

The firm was also commissioned to design the hotel’s signature high-end restaurant, Hawksworth, named after the chef David Hawksworth. “We have done something with the brand that has elevated it and given it a fresh look that is still classic, timeless and luxurious,” Munge says. “But the facilities keep people young at heart and energetic.” Munge Leung also has established relationships with MGM Hospitality; most recently completing Lily Bar and Lounge located at the Bellagio Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. After making waves in the luxury hotel market, the firm would welcome an opportunity to work again within historical structures such as a New York City boutique hotel or an old-world structure. “It is important to preserve history – celebrate it, embrace it and integrate it – then juxtapose it and introduce your own language,” Munge says.


The firm receives much attention for its one-of-a-kind designs. Munge and Leung remain true to their business vision, which is to be hands-on, working together with their teams throughout the design process of each project. “We have a wonderful group of people here, who work closely and our projects are reflective of that,” Munge says. “We are very proud of our team.” A MESSAGE FROM KOHLER CANADA Uncompromising quality. Enduring craftsmanship. Artistry and design innovation. These qualities define exceptional KOHLER®products, as well as the homes that are furnished with them. Throughout our 139-year history, we have set a standard of excellence and live on the leading edge in the design of beautiful products. As a frequent collaborator with leading design firms such as Munge Leung, our shared commitment to enhancing gracious living helps distinguish our homes through an unparalleled blend of craftsmanship and technology.

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Luminescence Location: Kelowna, BC Completed: 2010

In certain spots, it is difficult to tell where Luminescence ends and where the lake below it begins. The reflecting pools on a lake-facing terrace blend almost seamlessly with the natural setting below. Architect David Tyrell designed it for exactly for this effect. He wanted the custom home, which sits on a cliff’s edge at Okanagan Lake, near Kelowna, BC to melt into its surroundings.

01 The terrace brightens the night providing views of the neighbourhood from the the master bedroom. 02 The great room is protected by a floating Douglas Fir timber roof. 03 The exterior of the home is surrounded by rocks and a stone walkway.

Based in nearby White Rock, Tyrell designs mainly in British Columbia and typically works on between one and three projects per year. He takes an Asian-inspired approach to architecture. Instead of fighting nature, he seeks ways to dance with it. The goal is to eliminate the wall as a conventional barrier by making the line between indoors and outdoors as invisible as possible. This creates, “a sense of site-derived belonging for the homeowner,” he says. “I see it as space expanding outward, in a series of circles, so that it tends to merge with the nature beyond.” One outdoor terrace of Luminescence uses water as the primary focus of its design and faces the lake below. “The house on that side is surrounded by a reflecting pool on the terrace that then turns into the swimming pool at the very edge. That is meant to engage the natural exterior setting,” he says. “Those are the concentric, expanding circles.” His vision for the stunning 10,000-square-foot Luminescence residence impressed the Canadian Home Builder’s Association. It took the top honor in the association’s 2011 Tommie Awards.


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04 The master bedroom looks #122 acclaim and hot pool. out onto the terrace

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Luminescence One of the more visually-arresting aspects of this custom home is a 12-metre Polynesian canoe, carved from a single piece of breadfruit tree and suspended upright in the multi-level, glassenclosed entry. The location of the house on the property gives the entry its shape and size. “How we activated that space seemed to come together with this canoe,” says Tyrell. The client had the canoe from his time in Tahiti, and it is significant to the family history. Giving it prominent display made sense for another reason, too. Symbolically, Tyrell says, the canoe is a visual reference to the nearby water. Reinforcing this idea is a water-covered oculus, from which the canoe is suspended. The viewer’s eye runs up the canoe and is led on a symbolic journey from water to sky. The entry is fronted by a wall of glass to further connect the home to the outdoors. Held in place by the tension of a stainless steel aircraft cable and finger-like Stella Glass clamps, the wall bends with the wind and appears to stand on its own. #124


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05 A polynesian canoe from Tahiti hangs from the ceiling in the glass-enclosed entry. 06 The ensuite bathroom has views into the court garden. 07 The master bedroom features an impressive change room/closet.


A designer with more than 20 years of experience designing in the Northwest, Tyrell likes his work to be, “very intimate with the landscape, the light, the seasons and the overall presence of the place.” The process begins with a visit to the site, where he photographs, sketches, measures and takes notes, “and it all flows from that point.” His education at the University of Southern California in the 1980’s trained him in modernism and informs his design work to this day. “I’m a modernist. I tend to think of the arrangement of space in the Asian tradition, as not man-centered but rather nature-centered,” he says. “I tend not to put a bunch of little rooms around a corridor or put little holes in the wall for windows. The process of design is more about being engaged and connected to the land the home occupies.” He does not lose sight of practicality in his design, but the overarching feel and look of a structure in its surroundings comes first. “It starts off with the big picture. [The clients] usually come to me because they’ve seen some things that I’ve done and they think I can match their vision. It’s a very collaborative process,” he says. “They have to be able to trust you to get there.” Once he is ready to address practical matters, he turns for a resource to the book, The Place of Houses. “It’s a great little book. There’s a list of questions at the back that asks things like, ‘How do you do your laundry?’ and, ‘Where do you take your trash out?’ We discuss all those things,” he says. Tyrell has designed for a variety of clients over the years, including commercial and industrial work, apartment buildings and single-family custom homes. Ideally, he likes projects that involve at least one significant design challenge. He seeks out sites that are complex.

“Anything that’s dramatic with water, I enjoy that. Also ecologically sensitive areas that demand a bit more detail and forethought,” he says. “The most difficult sites usually generate the most interesting architecture. They force you and drive you, push and pull you into solutions you wouldn’t otherwise come to.” Like a house on a cliff? “Yeah,” he says. “But not the easy cliff. The one that’s hardest to get to. I like the ones where you really have to respond to the situation.”

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The Sweet Life

01 The sunken living room has a couch and lounge chair by B&B Italia and a coffee table. The stereo system is by Bang & Olufsen and the wooden floors are made of african rosewood.


Candy Factory Location: Toronto, ON Completed: 2011

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02 The kitchen shows a black granite island and ebony veneer sliding doors, concealing the cabinetry. 03 The chairs in the dining room are by B&B Italia. Back-lit acid-etched glass steps lead to a tinted cement-finished platform. 04 Custom piano black on the wooden spiral stair#128finishes acclaim case complement the leather-clad steps.

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In 2001, Johnson Chou founded his own studio, Johnson Chou Inc., which since then has developed into an interdisciplinary design firm encompassing architecture and interiors, furniture and industrial design. “In short, it is a body of work characterized by conceptual explorations of narrative, transformation and multiplicity,” Chou says. Internationally acclaimed as one of the top sixty individuals designing interior spaces today by Interior Architecture Now, Chou’s projects include advertising offices for Grip Limited and Zulu Alpha Kilo, Head Offices for Red Bull Canada, private residences in 10 Bellair and the Candy Factory condominiums. He was also the leading force behind the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art (MoCCA), TNT clothing boutiques, the Bang & Olufsen showroom, Blowfish Restaurants and the recently completed Hazelton Lanes Oval Square. In fact, Johnson himself was a longstanding member of the Advisory Board for MoCCA, a founding curator for Red Bull Gallery’s 381 Projects and is still a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts (RCA). In addition to being featured in Interior Architecture Now, the firm’s work has also been published in several other compendiums, including 1000X Architecture of the Americas, and Contemporary World Interiors.

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05 The home’s study is situated next to the guest bedroom. The bookshelf pivots open to access a wall bed. 06 The spa/guest bathroom features a cylindrical Boffi sink and custom cabinetry.

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“What I am interested in is creating architecture that engages on intellectual, emotional and physiological levels of experience,” says Chou. “To create drama in architecture.” Even though Chou’s design philosophy is a continuum that evolves with every project, there are essentially four conceptual streams that he says he applies to a project either singularly or cumulatively. “One, architectural reduction or the pursuit of the elemental; two, the articulation of the complex within the elemental, and of their paradoxical relationship; three, transformative poetics and programmatic invention as applied to both objects and space [and] four, narrative, activated by one’s movement though space,” Chou says. Applying and testing ideas against this framework, Chou always keeps in mind his clients. “I find it much more interesting to allow my client’s aesthetic inclinations and programmatic demands influence my ideas of a project,” he says. All in all, Chou himself sees each project with a life of its own, saying, “Its own distinct expression that is a unique coupling of both the clients’ and my own conceptual pursuits.”


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“With ebony wood veneer panels, the ground floor-comprised of kitchen, dining, living, study/guest quarters and ensuite--is intentionally dark and moody,” Chou says. The kitchen, custom designed by his firm, is created with entertaining in mind, including a honed black granite island,“conducive to the theatre of cooking,” says Chou. Accessed by a wood screened, tree-like spiral stair, the second level, by contrast, is bright and airy as if one were to reach the top of a tree line. Designed as an exterior extension of the interior living spaces, the south facing deck, in turn, has a commanding view over the downtown core. “The 700-square-foot deck was organized into several spaces including a viewing court from the master bedroom, a barbecue/dining area, sunbathing/lounge and an exterior shower,” says Chou. “Rick Armstrong of Design AG Build was contracted to build our design for the exterior deck, [including] freestanding walls and wood screens and a canopy enclosing a dining area, a new wood deck and large planters.” All in all, it is a project that elevates the commonplace to new heights.

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07 View of the master bedroom with freestanding bath in the foreground and exterior deck with a commanding south view of the downtown core of the city.

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08 The ensuite bathroom and master bedroom connect and sit adjacent to a vanity shower and glass-enclosed spiral staircase. The room also shows a custom corian vanity, freestanding faucet by Boffi and shower fixtures by Dornbracht.

His own conceptions continue to be shaped by his academic background. “My university thesis remains as the foremost source of inspiration for me,” he says. Examining narrative as a means of creating intensified forms of metaphor, ritual and movement, the thesis studied narrative structures in Chinese Gardens, surrealist art and film theory and Russian constructivist film theory and set design. “The most moving experience I’ve had that continues to resonate and be deeply formative was my trip to Le Corbusier’s Chapel at Ronchamp, France,” Chou says. Chou’s interest in conceptual and installation art, in turn, was revived and refocused when in 1996 he opened Archive Inc., a gallery he co-owns with film production designer Patricia Christie. “The artists themselves, many of whom we befriended, were inspirational in their entrepreneurial and promotional resourcefulness and passion for their work,” Chou says. “That experience served to rejuvenate the confidence I required to establish a design practice.” Chou can be particularly confident about a most recent project of his: the penthouse at the Candy Factory. Located in a turn-of-the-century candy


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factory, this 2,700-square-foot loft penthouse suite was one of Toronto’s first residential adaptive re-use projects. “Reinvented as the ‘Candy Factory Lofts,’ the building is an anchor in a neighbourhood that has evolved into the vibrant and bohemian ‘West Queen West’ Arts District,” says Chou. The complete renovation included a master bedroom and exterior deck on the second floor of the residence, a new kitchen (custom–designed by the interior designers), dining room, sunken living room, library and a new spiral staircase, which was designed by Chou and built by ALX Raw Inc. Capitalizing on the generous ceiling heights on the first level of the residence, the spaces are linked by many variations in level, the architectural promenade manifesting as ramps, steps, sunken levels, platforms and bridges offering changes in views and elevations evocative of one wandering in a mountainous range. Chou succeeded in providing what the client, an avid sportsman with a penchant for traveling to remote areas to camp in the wilderness, requested, “a residence that evoked, within an urban context, a sense of the landscape he loved so much.”

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ngaging regional styles and creating seamless divisions between nature and interior is no easy task, yet British Columbia-based company. Timberhaven achieves just that. Started in 2003 in Squamish, BC by Scott and Heather Ross, they have worked on several custom homes since moving from Kelowna, BC in 2005. In addition to receiving several Gold and Silver Tommie Awards for its quality and creativity in design and completion, Timberhaven has most recently expanded to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in an effort to internationally expose the company’s attention to region with an understanding of quality that is inherent within its work.

Lot 23 Sheerwater Location: 2012 Completed: Kelowna, BC

According to Scott, “Timberhaven is a true custom home builder with over 20 quality craftsmen on staff to ensure the highest quality in our builds.” Timberhaven’s use of wood--specifically in how it details joints, structure and finishing--in effect shows its attention to specifics and how that yields the quality necessary to achieve its design intentions from project to project. “We focus on creating homes that are designed uniquely, as well as have product choices for finishes,” says Scott. Timberhaven interchanges between design-build and more traditional building services, yet the company’s outlook stays similar, albeit different in completion. “We are hired to design and build, or simply build for clients with their own architect; clients that work with us understand our approach to


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01 The exterior of the home is illuminated to allow the owners to enjoy the surrounding landscape.





02 The dining area is partially enclosed with views to the living room and stairwell. 03 Wooden stairs lead up to the second floor rooms. 04 Perfect for grilling out and socializing, the home’s exterior looks out onto the water.


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05 The home’s second floor is surrounded by clear glass walls and can be accessed via a glass-enclosed staircase. 06 The dark wood cabinetry in the bathroom appears to float off the ground, and track lighting keeps the room well lit.

Lot 23 Sheerwater


Timberhaven and Begrand Fast Design worked together to construct Lot 23 Sheerwater. This project is defined by its complete views in the front of the home, overlooking the water and hillscape. Both Timberhaven and Begrand have a successful history of completed projects. “Our combined creativity and desire for quality ensures that we take extra steps to achieve it,” says Scott. This instance of a great relationship with its designers shows that Timberhaven can work through others’ visions and accomplish the quality the company strives for. “We share the same goals and are both very passionate about our work, which is why we enjoy working together and being challenged to deliver a product that we can all be proud of,” says Scott. Lot 23 uses a series of stepped balconies and roofs to add exterior viewing platforms from which to gaze outward. The warmth of the wood and the beauty that surrounds it makes it a magnificent project engrained in its nature.

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07 Unsure of where the ground ends and the water begins, the home appears to melt into the natural setting.

building and hire us for our experience in unique custom homes and expect us to deliver a product that is creative,” says Scott. Timberhaven’s creative output per project shows a strong commitment to how a project is sited and how it interacts with its surroundings. “The design of our homes in relation to the land where it sits is very important to us, and we feel strongly about creating homes that are designed to the landscape provided, and try hard to ensure a good fit between building and it’s surroundings,” says Scott. Designing “to the landscape” entails a few apparent design elements that are active in several Timberhaven homes – post-and-beam construction using local wood, large airy open spaces capturing views and smooth transitions between the interior and the exterior. In this way, Timberhaven has essentially established signature quality work, constantly forcing the company to create a familiar newness in its design and build. As indicative in the company’s built work, Timberhaven pushes a clean and natural aesthetic, which is accomplished through enigmatically sculptural roofscapes, sometimes reminiscent of surrounding tree canopies or mountain ranges. The company’s homes also use various ground planes to establish an active movement through the created spaces. In turn, a Timberhaven interior acts much like natural ground in its undulating planes where one goes through an area enveloped by the canopy-like posts and beams. The British Columbia interior that Timberhaven has mastered employs fantastic views framed by incredibly light, transparent and voluminous spaces between ceiling and floor. This condition helps the homes breathe literally and visually. In the Lot 23 Sheerwater project in British Columbia, Timberhaven used a minimally-reflective glazing on the window that is framed and separated by wood-covered mullions. This matrix of transparency on the façade gives users an unadulterated view of the water and hills behind. Even though the company’s new location in Mexico--a setting known for its attractive beaches, unique views and landscape--differs from Canada, Timberhaven has the same goals and intentions as they always do. “Though we are new to the market, we are creating a business that uses the same philosophy in how we approach and build,” says Scott. In this way, Timberhaven is able to give clients what they want through its experience and knowledge of how to accomplish that vision.


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Jane by Jane Lockhart BY ANDREW SANTA LUCIA LHC: Can you describe your relationship with classic cinema and how the characters from that era give character to your furniture? JL: In classic cinema, you had people who were graceful, who dressed beautifully and detail was a centerpiece of that era. People put a lot of effort into how they looked, even when going to the airport.We want our pieces to be effortless, but still look great. LHC: How collaborative is your creative process? More specifically, how do you integrate other designers and producers into the visualization of your own brand - Jane by Jane Lockhart? JL: We are very collaborative. I know what I like and where I want to go. That being said, I work with builders, manufacturers and upholsterers very closely. They can say that ‘this won’t work’ or ‘this will make the arm better.’ They will know things I do not know about my furniture, so I listen to their opinion. LHC: Your work is described as authentically Canadian, by virtue of location, production and materials. How do materials and vernacular play into your designs? JL: We are all 100% Canadian. It plays into it because we are… cheap (laughs). But really, we are very aware of Canadian culture, specifically the subtle differences between people here. Some things work for Canadians that might not work for other cultures. One thing we notice from everyone we work with is that they want furniture to last. Canadian’s are really great furniture builders. We just feel we have so many resources here. As far as materials go, we try and use them based on their strength and cost, to produce a product that is sturdy, lasting and affordable. Homeowners want the ability to lounge on it and not worry about it. LHC: In what ways is your design process culturally authentic on top of all the issues of construction/visualization?


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JL: I am a born and bred Canadian. We build what we think makes sense. I try to design appropriate things that are not overpriced, but that will last, which is a way to answer what’s happening in the Canadian marketplace, as well. I like to look at trends, but I wouldn’t consider myself trendy. I mean, we don’t call our furniture the Lanny MacDonald Sofa or the Gretzky, but I imagine it will just be a matter of time. LHC: Can you discuss your own formative introduction into furniture design? What specific events inspire you to create almost clothing-like additions to homes? JL: I have been an interior designer for over 20 years and what I realized is that I could never find the pieces of furniture we wanted at retail. Our clients felt that the real “cheapo” furniture was uncomfortable and the super high-end ones were unaffordable. So we started making furniture over 15 years ago, primarily for our clients because we did not have great experience at retail. It was made well because it had to satisfy what I wanted. There wasn’t anything that had a design look to it, in that it felt designed instead of being a giant chunk of furniture. So we designed our own furniture.

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LHC: How does understanding colour and art benefit you when designing?

Sabina Hill BY: DEIDRÉ DAVIS LHC: Your background is in architecture, receiving your degree from the University of British Columbia. When did you decide to expand your focus to interior and furniture design? SH: I established Sabina Hill Design in 1993, which began as an architecture design studio and evolved to incorporate interior design in order for me to more completely realize the conceptual vision for the homes and renovations I designed. In 2000, I began designing and producing limited edition furniture, installations and art work, drawing from my architectural training, as well as my interior design and landscape experience to create artistic pieces that celebrate our connection to a specific place. LHC: How would you describe your design style and how is it similar or different from your furniture style? SH: I have a contemporary design aesthetic with a strong regional influence, which I would describe more as an approach to design (and less of a style). I am inspired by the context of a project ranging from the homes and interiors I’ve designed from British Columbia’s West Coast and Interior to Baja, Mexico. There is a sensitivity paid to each project, which attempts to integrate a context--location, culture, landscape, climate, quality of light, materials etc.--specific to a particular region, as I am passionate about discovering, synthesizing and integrating regional elements into the design. LHC: What practices set you apart from others in the furniture design industry? SH: I collaborate with aboriginal artists to create original custom furniture, art and installations, which merges the rich mythology of West Coast native culture with a contemporary design aesthetic. I integrate these native motifs into my work creating a unique, contemporary expression.

SH: I think an art education and background provides a strong foundation for any of the applied arts. My education exposed me to many cultures and their art making traditions, one of those being Northwest Coast Native culture, where adorned objects are part of their living culture. I feel that my work is carrying this tradition forward, as I continue to explore designing furniture and artwork in ways that bring the ceremonial into daily life. Colour is certainly an important consideration when designing, as are all of the many aspects that make up a successful design, such as proportion, composition, texture, etc. LHC: What is your production process when working on your collections? SH: The exploration of new materials, techniques and methods usually drives my process and informs the pieces I will then develop into a cohesive collection. When I first conceive of an idea, I explore the concept by sketching, collecting material samples, and building scale models. Then, I collaborate with a First Nations artist to seamlessly integrate the motif into the design. The next phase is prototyping and finally production. LHC: What inspired your most recent collection? SH: Inspired by my most recent interior design projects for the Holler’s, which included custom coffee table(s) and an area rug for their Whistler residence, and custom sofas, tables, and ottomans for their Okanagan residence, I sought to explore and integrate leather and textiles into my new collection. LHC: How did you choose the type of materials you incorporated for the Harvest Collection? SH: The Harvest collection represents a new direction for me, as I am designing pieces, which incorporate tanned salmon skins, animal hides and weaving into my northwest coast style. I wanted the collection to be about gathering natural materials from the earth’s bounty and integrating them into our daily life.


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Majestic Cabinets,, 71,73

Agraz Arquitectos S.C.,, 20

Aristocrat Floors,, 39-40

R&A Stairs,, 34, 35

Apchin Design Corp.,, 22-25

Floor to Heaven,, 9, 15

Burgers Architectures,, 21, 26-30

Ploutos Enterprises Ltd.,, 94, 97

Schuit Plastering & Stucco Inc.,, 40, 43

Dave Tyrell, 118-125

Sonya Winner,, 15

John Haddon Design,, 82-84

Whelan’s Flooring Centre,, 65

Peter Higgins Architect Inc.,, 32-34

Yvette Laduk,, 14

Winn Wittman,, 18-19

The Fireplace Station,, 73 Vic Martens Millwork,, 48, 49 PHOTOGRAPHY Andrew Lipsett Photography Group , 95-97


Andrew Filarski, 90-92


Artek,, 12

Gil Stose, 22-25

Alberto Pinto World Interiors,, 16

Boca Do Lobo,, 11,13

Gord Weber Photography, 74-75

The Great American House,, 16

Craig Van Den Brulle,, 13

Jayson Noftle, 76-80

Vintage Remix: The Interiors of Kishani Perera,, 16

Delightfull,, 11

Jeff miller / Mountain lens photography, 26

Devon & Devon,, 11

Kourosh Keshiri Photography, 32-34, 38-39, 41-45

Dima Loginoff Deisgn,, 10

Matthew Holler Photography, 46-48

Hillard,, 93,97

Michael Boland, 21, 26-30

Hudson Madison,, 81

William MacCollum, 126-135

CARPETS & RUGS Western Carpet One,, 105

Madeline Weinrib,, 15 CONSTRUCTION & DESIGN

Tuell & Reynolds,, 14-15


A&T Project Developments Inc.,, 61-62

Ventury Paris,, 10,13

Bear Solution Ltd., 604-768-2065, 79

Barnett Construction Ltd.,, 85-88

Vondom,, 12

Copper Tec,, 140,142

Zenza,, 10

Weset Kelowna Plumbing & Solar Heating Ltd., 140, 142



Discovery Glass & Aluminum Inc.,, 94,142

Euro Tile & Stone,, 39

Brad Rustad & Sons Contracting,, 141 Can - Do Drywall Ltd.,, 36, 70 Chuck Mills Residential Design and Development Inc.,, 38-39 Copper Creek Homes,, 76-80 Fawdry Homes,, 67-68 Hanneson Construction,, 71,73 Homes by Hendriks Inc.,, 41-43 Homescape Building & Design, 46-49

House of Mirrors Ltd.,, 81, 84 INTERIOR DESIGN Atmosphere Interior Design Inc.,, 98-103

Hush Builders,, 37, 58-59

Begrand Fast Design,, 89,95-97

Lexis Homes,, 72-73

Jane by Jane Lockhart,, 144

Marsonia Homes,, 69-70

Johnson Chou,, 7, 126-135

Miller Homes,, 52-54

Dochica Interior Design,, 34, 35

Munge Leung,, 106-117

Eleven Fifty Design,, 55,57

Nesbitt Originals Ltd.,, 85-88 Rawlyk Developments,, 82-84 R&M Smith Contracting Ltd.,, 64-65 Rocy Homes Ltd.,, 104 Sherwood Custom Homes,, 50-51

Landmark Granite,, 47, 49 WINDOW & DOORS Authentic Windows & Doors,, 49 Calgary Sash & Door Limited,, 84 Myrons,, 62-63

Ital Interiors,, 92-93 Sabina Hill Design,, 143, 145 Shelly Kirsch Interior Design and Decoration,, 90-92 Su Casa Design,, 76-80

Timberhaven Homes Ltd.,, 96-97, 136-140


Timberworx,, 56-57

Baths by Design,, 94,97

Valcorp Development Inc.,, 74-75

Blu Bathworks,, 2

Weninger Construction & Design Ltd., 44-45

Flo-Form Countertops,, 135

Cameo Kitchens,, 59, 60 Excel Industries,, 62-63


Kitchen & Bath Classics,, 103

Isaak Electrical,, 66

Kga Kitchens,, 31

K Town Sound Systems,, 147

Utopia,, 140-141


Eden Tree Design,, 34, 35


Bartzotti Woodworking Ltd.,, 55

Jed Johnson,, 14

Heffley Lake Exteriors,,63



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