Courtyard Dream


Transforming a former family cottage into a modern, minimalist, dream home, blending the cottage lifestyle with everyday comforts.

Built on a tight corner lot, this home was designed to maximize indoor/outdoor living space, by incorporating a large courtyard as the centrepiece of the home.

The open concept kitchen, dining room, and living room form the core of this modern home and are all within the footprint of the original cottage. The extensive use of tiles throughout the home creates a dramatic design detail and adds distinct visual interest within the home's minimalist design

Multiple sliding glass doors connect the indoor living space to the courtyard oasis beyond the glass.

The living rooms warm, neutral colour pallet is complimented by a floating wood mantle over the fireplace.

The custom modern kitchen incorporates a hidden pantry, containing wall ovens, a freezer, daily appliances, and a great prep area for meals and baking.

The hardwood used on the staircase and throughout the home's upper level was given to a local artisan who crafted doors and wall coverings for the front hall closet and its surround.

The custom staircase has been integrated into the exterior wall by burying the stringer to create the illusion of floating stairs. This unique staircase was completed with custom stair treads and distinctive accent lighting.

The narrow space between the courtyard and the back of the home was cleverly used as a separate, intimate sitting area, to enjoy a book or the view.

No room is too small to make a statement. This homes powder room does exactly that with its bold blue subway tile, made specifically to compliment the homeowner's art.

This home’s master bedroom was designed to provide the homeowner's with the best possible views of Lake Ontario. This was achieved through ample use of windows in the master bedroom, ensuite bathroom, and a walk out balcony.

The ensuite bathroom is finished in large format tiles from floor to ceiling making the shower appear as a glass cube in the space. The corner windows surrounding the bathtub provide a view of Lake Ontario and the natural surroundings.

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