Taming the Monster Home
A 1990's 'Monster House' was purchased by a family who wanted to re-design the house with clean contemporary lines, and to make the house healthier– allow the house to breathe and bathe in natural daylight. In addition, the old building was affected with "Leaky Condo" syndrome – its walls were rotting and mould was everywhere within the perimeter walls.
Building regulations had changed over the years, and there was a benefit to maintain the overall massing and form of the existing house.
The original double volume living room windows could not sufficiently daylight the space. It was dark and required indoor lights to be switched on, even during daylight hours. To overcome this, internal walls were repositioned, and exterior walls were introduced with generous energy efficient windows redesigned as continuous "open light" elements. The fireplace was also redesigned to accent the high spaces. New windows provided fresh circulating air, natural light, and were positioned to offer a visual connection to the outdoor garden.
It has been a great pleasure working with David! We were new to Canada… David gave 110% effort and support in our renovation and performed a miracle to change a big monster house into a modern and eco-friendly home we really love! I can't imagine how hard it would have been without David – his honesty, integrity, and professionalism really helped give peace of mind in our undertaking of this challenge! The Kwan Family
A 2 step landing platform just behind the front doors, posed a problem for wheelchair accessibility inside the front entry space. This challenge was resolved by lowering the outside walkway with a gentle slope to facilitate wheelchair movement. A short "feng shui" screen was placed at the front door by the owner, to provide visual screening privacy.
Original double volume space was dark and required indoor lights to be switched on during the day. Resolved with windows redesigned into continuous elements. The redesigned fireplace also accented the high space. More important, the new windows provided fresh circulating air, natural light and a visual connection to the outdoors.
An unfortunate walled in dining space was opened up, allowing in light and clear visual lines to adjunct spaces helped redefine the dining space.