“Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.”

– Frank Gehry

Project Description

Zoning bylaws play a huge role in shaping the popular typologies of homes and those governing homes in North York are no exception. Recent changes to height, length, and massing bylaws, combined with an increased demand for large and luxurious 4-5 bedroom homes, have created a formulaic, semi-suburban aesthetic. The street is littered with these new homes–nearly all featuring mansard roofs, the same faux stone cladding, and front doors 6′ above grade.

This client’s desire was to create something rare and modern. To make this happen, our master builders formulated a design focused on creative bylaw implementation, allowing for the incorporation of modern massing and detailing while providing the same square footage and amenities as its neighbours.

The result is a refreshing modern adaptation with an asymmetrical wrapping roof, frame-like projection over the garage, and a multi-level interior design plan.

Our home builders at Ocean Breeze Homes Re-imagined the divide between formal and informal by using varying floor levels and ceiling heights to help differentiate between functions, while still allowing for the openness desired in a modern home. The kitchen and the family room occupy the entire rear of the main floor and serve as the hub for daily interactions and lounging. The formal living and dining areas sit on their own level; elevated, but within view of the informal rooms at the rear, and easily accessible to guests. On the top floor, the sloped roof adds both drama and intimacy to the bedrooms. The clean lines and tastefully selected materials throughout enhance each space rendering them both cool and elegant.

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