Christopher Simmonds Architect Inc. are behind the Fraser Residence in Ottawa’s bustling Westboro Village. Known for its holistic, sustainable approach to design, the Canadian architects have opened the doors (virtually) to this award winning home and we wanted to give you the grand tour.
This urban house plan stands out for its multi-volume exterior, finished with a mix of earth toned brick, stained cedar siding, dark bronze aluminum and expansive glass facades – a real character piece along the city streetscape.
Interiors are a mix of connected, open concept spaces that seem to flow from one to the next with ease. It’s the ideal layout for socializing and entertaining, but maintains a nice sense of coziness when the homeowners just want to rest and relax.
The minimalist palette of white walls and rich oak floors lends the house a gallery style that screams “elegance.” Playing up this dominant aesthetic, architectural touches like the modern integrated fireplace feature, the contemporary glass enclosed staircase and three-storey open stairwell are the perfect backdrop for details like the homeowners’ modern art collection and a stunning pendant light that draws the eye upward, inviting you to explore the home’s upper levels.
The home’s prevailing sense of serenity extends into the outdoor entertaining areas, where a swimming pool is as lovely to look at as it is to dive into on warm summer days. The floor to ceiling windows offer interiors a view of this sweet alfresco retreat.
Christopher Simmonds Architect Inc.
photo credit: Peter Fritz Photography