Creating Space and Serenity

Can a home feel spacious through innovative design? Vancouver Interior Design firm Falken Reynolds Interiors opens the doors to their latest modern-home interior design project, the Saint George House, which highlights innovative design strategies to create space and serenity.

Left: Back patio and garden Right: Back Patio with view into the living room for seamless indoor outdoor living

Left: Front Entry & Car Port Right: Courtyard bringing light into the centre of the structure

Enlisted by boutique builder Moosehead Contracting, Falken Reynolds Interiors and Randy Bens Architect designed a family home to fit on a unique lot size 20 by 200 feet (6m x 60m), which is typically the size of a back lane.

Left: Living Room – Bensen Endless Sectional in Kvadrat Raf Simons fabrics; Flos IC Light. Right: Living Room Flush limestone fireplace with Delta Spy direction lighting

Under: White lacquer millwork with integrated wine & coffee appliances in white glass to match; open shelving behind doors that tuck away with Corian

Left: Kitchen detailing Corian Quartz counters + gables with Corian Solid Surface backsplash + Bocci 22 outlets; minimalist open shelving; oak finger. Right: Kitchen with white lacquered millwork and oak finger pull reveals; Corian Quartz counters and gables, Corian Solid Surface backsplash and kicks; Delta

“The unique site of the 2,200 square foot (204 square metres) Saint George Street house inspired us to get creative with our design process and visually create more space,” says Chad Falkenberg, principal of Falken Reynolds. “For example, natural light was a big focus so we strategically placed 11 skylights to wash walls with natural light and draw the eye into the room, amplifying spaciousness using the technique of Atmospheric Perspective.”

Left: Den – Bensen chair & shelving, Diurne carpet from Salari Right: Dining Room with view to the courtyard. Bocci 84.21 pendant; Bensen chairs; Delta art lighting

Left: Master Bedroom pivot hinged closet doors with integrated oak finger pull reveals; Delta rimless adjustable lighting. Right: Master Bedroom with Bensen bed + tables, AndLight Vine 5 Pendant, Linen bedding and curtains from Cloth Studio

Left: Master Ensuite Skylight and light cove above the WC and shower for soft diffused light; ledge in Mutina tile topped with Corian Quartz; Shower. Right: Master Ensuite with Corian Solid Surface backsplash ledge.

The home’s strong, minimal exterior is accentuated by standing-seam metal cladding and, midway through the house, a courtyard brings light to its centre. The interior corridors maximize functionality with concealed storage. To ensure the home is fully equipped for a modern, active family, the kitchen is fitted with a large island, the entry hall conceals mudroom storage, and a kids’ zone is acoustically removed from the main living areas.

Top: Skylight at the top landing of the stair. Bottom: Stair with slatted steel guard intersecting Nordic Oak treads

Study Nook in the kids’ zone with an oculus

Entry with bespoke slatted steel coat hook wall

Inside and out, the fresh palette of white and Nordic toned woods keeps the spaces feeling open. The interior features new LED technology from Delta Lighting (Inform Contract), Bocci lighting & outlets (Bocci), Blu Bathworks plumbing fixtures (Cantu Bathrooms), Frontier Flooring hardwood, and Corian® Solid Surface & Quartz (Willis). The home is styled with new Bensen furniture in exclusive Raf Simons fabrics (Inform Interiors), and Cloth Studio linen curtains and bedding. Influenced by Scandinavia, Japan and the Westcoast, they create a style Falken Reynolds describes as Canadian Nordic.

Technical Sheet

Project Name: Saint George House
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Project team: Falken Reynolds Interiors, Chad Falkenberg and Kelly Reynolds

Architects: Randy Bens
Contractor: Moosehead Contracting
Photos: Ema Peter
Project Area: 2200 sq.ft.
About Falken Reynolds

Founded in 2012, Falken Reynolds is a Vancouver-based interior design practice whose award-winning work centres on private homes and extends to retail, hospitality and product design. With a global perspective and a highly personal approach, they create inviting spaces shaped by the distinct lives and experiences of their clients. Clean lines, craftsmanship and considered details are hallmarks. Their projects have been featured by Western Living, Dwell, Gray, The Globe & Mail, Harper Collins’ 150 Best Mini Interiors and others.

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