The creative forces behind BattersbyHowat Architects, David Battersby and Heather Howat, offer not only architecture services but also interior design and landscaping. In fact, it's one of the things that attracted the homeowners to the firm. "We felt there would be greater cohesion to the overall project," says one of the homeowners, "which proved to be true."
West Coast modern design
David Battersby describes the style of home that he and Heather designed as West Coast modern. The mix of glass, cement and wood on the front delivers a quiet but statement-making modernism. On the top floor, recessed windows with extended side walls that angle outward add a feeling of privacy.
Uncluttered open-concept design
Subtle colours in the pale blue back-painted-glass backsplash and island base, as well as the turquoise accents in the eat-in area, soften the sleek white kitchen, while oak cabinetry warms it up. Having open shelving in a few intimate places, such as the eat-in area, gives the homeowners an opportunity to display favourite items and family photos, but keeps the open-concept feeling far from cluttered.