This home was built specifically for our clients who desired to have a luxury residence that would provide the matriarch, the single adult son, and the second son and his young family, both space and privacy, while residing under the same roof. They needed common areas big enough for all the occupants of the home, to gather for meals and quality family time. Adding to the challenge was the matriarch’s desire to incorporate her home spa business with specific needs (separate entrance, privacy, electrical outlets, and water supply). Most importantly, the clients wanted high end specs on a lower budget.
Even though the owners wanted a modern home, they had to respect the traditional aesthetic of the streetscape. They agreed to a transitional design but still wanted it to stand out. We were able to accomplish that by incorporating exterior design details that stood out such as alternating extruding and recessed areas, articulated brick and stucco material in contrasting colours, column-flanked entrance, an upper balcony for added elevated feel, and Indiana limestone accents for a luxurious touch.
The interior features a large open concept plan with open living/dining room, open kitchen/den area for family gathering spaces. On the main floor, porcelain and engineered hardwood flooring has been installed throughout to withstand the large family gatherings, wood and quartz in kitchen for durability/ minimal maintenance, oversized windows to draw light in throughout, artistic lighting fixtures in hallways, kitchen and living/dining room.
Upstairs, each individual bedroom is equipped with its own private bathrooms, plus a Jack and Jill bathroom for 2 upstairs bedrooms, taking into consideration a growing family. The home also features a private 3000 sq/ft basement with 3/4 kitchen, a large play area, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms: perfect for a young family.
A separate private entrance was given to a fully equipped private spa. Neutral beiges/browns and whites/greys were chosen for an earthy palette. Plans for a future stone wall are also in place to frame the living room fireplace
To address the budget challenges, we came up innovative design solutions, and since there was no budget for a designer, we not only built, but designed/finished the entire home for complete Design + Build Project. We negotiated material discounts by ganging multiple clients’ orders for better pricing. Luxe specs were reserved for most visible areas: Tile mosaic “carpet” in foyer; gas fireplace in living room stone wall; art-inspired light fixtures throughout. In kitchen: chocolate oak custom cabinetry, valance underlighting, glass lit uppers, hidden appliances, built-in espresso machine, stacked steam oven/oven/warming drawer, oversized island with prep sink. In the den: custom built-ins and gas fireplace.
The innovative design delivered included a focus on energy efficiency, where we used spray foaming for superior insulation; energy efficient appliances; heated flooring. The home was so efficient, that only one furnace was needed! We made sure that minimal maintenance was required by using easy-care engineered hardwood, porcelain flooring and non-porous quartz countertops.
Since privacy, space & functionality were important factors for our clients, we delivered spacious bedrooms with their private ensuites, each upstairs bedrooms weren’t located along shared walls, the two bedrooms joined by a Jack and Jill bathroom was built with a future family in mind, the matriarch’s spa business had a private, walled off space, the private basement was also fully sufficient to reside a young family with large open concept living room/dining room to accommodate family time and socializing, with the kitchen overlooking an open den area and the backyard to help with the supervision of children during meal preparations. To summarize, we gave room for the family to grow.
Initially, our clients were looking to sell their existing home in Scarborough, in hopes of moving to a more desirable neighbourhood. Once real estate commission and land transfer
taxes were taken into consideration, the reality set in that it was going to be too expensive, so they decided to renovate their home instead to transform their home into a modern custom built. The challenge then became to go against the traditional streetscape: a modern home would look out of place. So, they agreed to build a custom transitional home, if it would still make a statement. They also wanted a luxurious feel even though they did not have a luxe budget. Through creative thinking and planning, and by working closely with our clients, Golden Bee Homes was able to deliver an exceptional, high end custom build that suited this multi generational family’s needs today and well into the future!