Finding decent sized housing in the middle of a city can be difficult and expensive because many full sized housing options within the city limits are quite small but quite highly priced. Every once in a while, however, a designer comes across a lot where an old home can be transformed into something more contemporary. Have you ever seen, however, modern city homes that are so in line with stereotypical city living that they end up looking and feeling quite cold? Well, the designers of House Addition found a way to create a house with the perfect level of city contemporary in a decently sized, comfortable home!
House Addition is a stunning, homey residential project located in Ottawa, Canada. It was completed in early 2016 by architectural and interior design teams associated with Gordon Weima. Besides being pleasantly roomy for a city home, this house manages the perfect blend of coziness and contemporary.
The manner in which the designers married two concepts and aesthetics in House Addition is evident immediately, even just looking at the exterior of the building. Warm red bricks and beautifully stained dark wooden panels are alternated in geometric sections across the face of the house with white concrete and metal slats set in the opposing direction to the wood. The contrast in materials and textiles creates quite a contemporary look in itself without standing out too much from the neighbouring houses surrounding the building.
Within the private fences of House Addition, you’ll find a stunning patio that sprawls nearly the entire backyard area. Laid in even light brick, it boasts a raised dining area and a comfortable seating area underneath a stylish overhang. This provides protection from the sun’s harsh rays in the summer and from rain on cloudy days as well, making the outdoor space versatile no matter the weather.
Moving inside the house, you’ll find a stunning mixture of smooth, gorgeously stained wood that gives each room and the staircase a comfortable, homelike feeling. In combination with that, however, are several elements that modernize the space ever so slightly. Pristine white walls, counter tops, and surfaces making everything look neat and linear while comtemporarily shaped furniture and cozy, low seating, add an element of chic that makes it clear this home is meant for true city dwellers.
Photos by: Gordon King