Our current project is remodelling an Antique Victorian house built in the late 1800’s. These houses have tons of character, making them appealing for many home owners. They have both personality and charm that usually takes a while to develop in many of the new builds you see popping up in the modern neighbourhoods that are a big part of the suburban landscape today. These houses also offer many design challenges when making them compatible with the modern demands of family living. We want it all (and who wouldn’t when trying to find your dream home?)! We want those rich architectural details that are so quintessential of vintage homes as well as an open space with good flow that isn’t so strongly associated with that era of home. So the challenge becomes how to marry these two major design elements? I love balance, balance in every and all aspects of life. Naturally, I gravitate to this concept in designing spaces. Why can’t we have our cake and eat it too? I feel there are definitely ways to maintain the character and charm of older houses while breathing life back into it so that certain elements of the home evolve with the lives that live within it. Creating a space that is grounded in it’s historical roots but inspired by it’s future is all accomplished with balance.
I have rounded up a few of my favourites that show this balance.