Montreal Home

MID-CENTURY CONTEMPORARY

  Modest on the outside, redesigned on the inside, a 1954 home is updated for the 21st century. Looks can be deceiving, and a good example of that is this house, which straddles the boundary between downtown Montreal and Westmount. From the street, it looks like a relatively modest red-brick structure, at least by Westmount standards. But it is actually an expansive mid-century home that cascades down the side of the mountain, providing stunning views from all three levels at the back.

Toronto Home

VILLA VISTAS

Alison and Paul Brindle wanted their new waterfront home to be designed to capture the spectacular views of Lake Ontario and their cherished gardens. They also wanted a casual environment that would give them ample time to watch their children play in the backyard snow or swimming pool.  “It’s like having our own winter chalet and summer villa,” Alison says.

Vancouver Home

THE SECRET GARDEN

For some people looking to build a new home, the location – the neighbourhood – is the prime requisite; once it’s chosen, they find a site and build a home that suits their needs and wants. Other people have a strong idea of what they want in terms of home design, and they go looking for a site to accommodate it.

Interior Design

MAJOR METAMORPHOSIS

There are renovation stories and then there are renovation stories. The latter are not characterized merely by upgrades and dramatic transformations, but by complete architectural renaissances, in which old buildings are re-imagined and restructured. The process takes a clear concept, plenty of planning, a dash of daring and bit of a budget. But the result is singularly spectacular. It’s almost magic.

Trending

LIGHT-FILLED SPACES

The owner of Barroso Homes, who has been a builder for the past 12 years, has been putting her own unique stamp on luxury contemporary homes for the past eight years. For this Hartfield Avenue home, she made two compromises. To respect the more traditional architecture of the surrounding neighbourhood, she would tone down her usual approach, which is highly and boldly modern.

Lifestyle

Kitchen

FROM COSMETIC CHANGES TO TOTAL FACELIFT

Builders design and decorate their spec homes to suit as many people as possible. (The term “builder’s beige” says it all.) It’s a sensible approach but one guaranteed not to please at least some potential buyers. Witness the purchasers of this recently built house in Dunbar-Southlands: They liked the house but wanted to change some of the finishes.

Bedroom

SLEEP WELL

A forward-looking nostalgia prevails as 2016 nears, with bed designers selecting the best of the past and taking it in a new direction.

Bathroom

Decorating

KEEPING THE FAITH

The owner says he was “primed and prepped” when he and his wife began planning what eventually became this three-storey home in MacKenzie Heights. It took time for a lot to be scouted, bought and eventually built upon, but he maintained his enthusiasm throughout.

Design Finds

ALL FOR A GREAT NIGHT’S SLEEP

The bed. It provides a natural focal point in the design of a bedroom. And heading into 2015, it’s becoming even more of a personal expression. Think of it as a manifesto of what spells style, comfort and luxury for you.

Renovations

LOOKING OUT TO SEA

A spectacular ocean view and a tony address would seem to be instant deal-clinchers. But when it came to the lot that this striking newly built home in South Surrey sits on, builder Jeet Sidhu, owner of Sky Ridge Homes, was not immediately sold.

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