One of the reasons Shean thinks the home delighted so many of his clients' neighbors is the structure's size. "It's not a monstrosity of a home. The size is pretty consistent with the rest of the neighborhood, and its exterior is inviting and warm," he says. Functional yet decorative red bell lights by Axo Light add to the home's curb appeal.
"This house is as much about natural light and artistic, functional light as it is about the home's design," Shean says. "Light moves through the structure and changes the space in response to the textures throughout the interior and exterior."
Shean used century-old reclaimed white oak from southwestern Ontario, as well as prefinished aluminum in some areas. "Studies show that this wood will lose around a quarter of an inch in thickness every 100 years, so even though it's 100 years old now, it has many years to go before it needs to be replaced," he says. The oak came from a local store, The Wood Source.
The flooring is a lightweight concrete with an epoxy topping, an elegant low-maintenance choice that resists scuffs and shoe marks. This part of the house makes the most of the available natural light, even in the long Canadian winters.
Ash wood treads warm up the metal stairs. Radiant floor heating keeps toes toasty on all levels of the house.
A variety of wood textures and tones gives the space a cozy character and contrasts nicely with the stark white of the walls, ceiling and flooring.
"My client called the house a work of art when he saw the reclaimed wood siding go up," Shean says. "It's probably one of the biggest compliments that a designer can get from his client."