Not only is the National Home Show in Toronto a great place to get all the info you need to resolve your renovation or design dilemmas, but this year, it's also the host a Dream Home that lives up to its name.
Dream Home Exterior
Eurodale Developments, Richard Librach Architects, CityLine and Toronto Star are all partners in this event. This Dream Home is focused on being ecologically and economically conscious (yeay!). Imagine a modular set of 16x16 pods that you could move, buy, sell, add, or subtract from your property as your needs change. They even suggest alternative exterior panels to change the look of your home as your style preferences change. These concepts of longevity and flexibility alone are two ideas that can make a big impact in future housing!
For the interior, several designers were chosen to let their skill and imagination converge. Benjamin Moore's team of stellar design experts, Sharon Grech, Michelle Cook, and Manny Pavao, created a children's area that leave me wanting to be about five years old again.
The design lead, Sharon Grech, shared her concept with me. "Inspired by the modern, “green” architecture of the building pods themselves and the incredible large viewing windows. I have imagined a tree-house theme for the project. These days, kids and adults alike have to spend far more time indoors than we might like, so we need to surround ourselves with natural elements, organic textures and the earthy colours of Mother Nature. We designed the spaces with a contemporary feel balanced with true organic elements and naturally playful colours." For this green-focused project, all paint used is Benjamin Moore's Natura.
The bedroom is themed around a treehouse at night with warm neutrals and pops of color. The silhouettes of trees and animals opens the room to imagination! Colors used: Storm AF-700 for walls and Blue Echo AF-505 for the ceiling.
A playroom situated across the hall has hanging swings and open space to explore. The bright colors in the Vinyl Plank flooring compliment the Grasshopper AF-415 colored walls and Fossil AF-65 ceiling, playing on the theme of a daytime treehouse.
The washroom uses Thunder AF-685 on both walls and ceilings to minimize the narrow feeling of a long space.
The laptop stations in Tropical Orange 2170-20 accommodate two computers.
Look at the fabulous scale of that pendant forming a halo behind our Design Angels, Sharon and Michelle! (Photos Courtesy of Sharon Grech)
You see what I mean? They definitely did not have such fun rooms when I was a kid! If you're in the Toronto area, see the Eurodale Dream Home for yourself at the National Home Show, until February 28. After the show closes, the house will be deconstructed and preserved for future use. Ah...the beauty of pre-fab and modular housing!