Inspired by New York loft-style living, the Luxury Laneway House, designed by Madeleine Design Group and built by Rain City Homes features exposed brick walls, large factory-style windows, vaulted ceilings and an abundance of natural light. This project is particularly unique as the builder is also the client.
“Madeleine and I have worked on several projects together for clients over the past few years, so it was especially exciting to work on our home after learning that our styles aligned,” says Rain City Homes owner, Jonathan Pulice. “My wife and I were able to share our thoughts about the unique storage solutions and design ideas we had. She pulled it all together to function the way we wanted while looking exceptional.”
“The architecture is kept minimal while warmth, visual interest, and unique character have been added with textural accents,” explains Madeleine Sloback, Principal of Madeleine Design Group. “Modern roof lines create soaring ceiling heights on the main floor and bring in light through the use of skylights and tall windows in the stairwell.”
The kitchen radiates striking character, combining traditional and modern design elements with sleek matte black and natural walnut accents.
“The clients wanted a show-stopper kitchen in their open-concept living space,” states Sloback. “With the incorporation of modern, flat panel walnut doors and a detailed black cabinet door, we created a unique blend of modern and traditional.”
Accents of honey bronze metal tie in throughout the whole home. Crisp white walls are highlighted by natural light pouring into the space through the glass ceiling and floor-to-ceiling multi-slider window that seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor living spaces.
The essence of a New York loft is portrayed in the laneway home through the style of windows and red brick veneer used on the interior and exterior. There is a unique storage feature behind the wine wall, opening up into a stacking washer/dryer tucked below the stairs; generous amounts of storage have been added everywhere. Natural light reflects off the polished concrete floor, amplifying the feeling of spaciousness.
“Finishing small spaces to create a seamless look in a laneway home can be challenging,” says Sloback. “The use of the same patterned tile throughout this shower keep the eye continuing beyond some of the restricting angles, making the space feel bigger.”
A beautiful Nero Marquina Marble feature was selected for the main floor bathroom as it is viewable from the main entrance, when the bathroom door is open. It creates a striking focal point, complementing the contrasting finishing in the kitchen.
Architectural concrete and artificial grass make for a low maintenance outdoor entertaining area.
“My favourite feature is the connection of the indoor and outdoor space,” states Pulice. “The kitchen also lends itself to a great entertaining space. In the summer months, being able to open the large doors up to the outdoor living space creates far more livable area than what you would typically see in a Laneway home. And in the winter time, the expansive glass looking out to the outdoor living space makes it feel bright and open.”