Described as a “modern home that attracts and even converts traditionalists“, David’s house by David Small Design sits on a heavily wooded lot, surrounded by traditional homes, in a suburban Toronto neighborhood. The residence is said to illustrate that modern homes can be cozy, inviting and respectful to a community’s established character. Through the use of natural materials, familiar massing and a thoughtful design process, it blends seamlessly with its surroundings; being of the land, not simply sitting on top of it. David’s house is the epitome of natural modern.

In designing this home, the architect wanted to evoke the feelings of peacefulness and serenity he gets when traveling: “He was determined to create a bedroom that felt like an oasis, complete with a spa-like en suite and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to a terrace. David designed a dining table to be placed in the exact centre of his home, representing the central focus of his life – spending quality time with his family. Separated by floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows, the dining area flows onto the back porch, a seamless transition into the natural environment”. David designed the back porch with wood deck, another element of cottage living incorporated into the design scheme. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by David Small Design]