Receiving photos of the Fraser Residence meant being inspired by the modern design lines and choice of contemporary furniture this house displays. Christopher Simmonds Architects knew how to transform a house into a home by choosing the perfect floor plan and materials when designing the Fraser Residence. Located in Ottawa, Ontario, the house was awarded Best Custom Urban Infill – 2011 Greater Ottawa Home Builders Association (GOHBA) Design Awards and we can see why this particular home was the winner – its architecture and interior design place it in the Dream Houses folder. According to the architects, the house displays interesting features that help the inhabitants live a comfortable, modern life: “Juxtaposed volumes define the exterior appearance of this modern home while interweaving special volumes define the expansive interior. The house takes advantage of its sloping site by inserting the garage into the lower level. This allows the elongated porch and glazed projections of the living spaces to define the home’s character in the streetscape. Subtle earth-toned brick, stained cedar siding and dark bronze aluminum glazing systems form the neutral exterior palette. Dark oak floors and cabinetry contrast the white surfaces of the gallery-like interior.”
Value for money is not, and never was, the same as being cheap. Value for money means making the most of whatever budget is available. A good example of this is Hayes Primary School in London, by Hayhurst and Co. Having to contend with a tightly controlled 3 million local authority budget, they worked with the existing structure of the primary school to give it a much needed update. A striking polished stainless steel brise-soleil facade installed at the school’s entrance, gives the school’s many different buildings a sense of identity, while new classrooms have been created in a range of shapes and sizes, and are often flooded with natural light
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.