The Westboro Home in Ontario is a residential project designed by Kariouk Associates. The home responds to the wishes of the clients. They wanted a bright and lively home, yet intimate (with a feeling of privacy). The home displays an attractive exterior (half black, half white), large windows and a garden choked with ornamental plantings. “The garden takes a “bite” out of the tight, permissible building area, nonetheless it allowed for an in depth amount of glass that otherwise, by using restrictive building code requirements, wouldn’t be possible. The courtyard’s lot-line side remains open, while its three interior sides are packed with windows and produce natural light into the center of the house on both living floors.”
The lush vegetation surrounding the home keeps away the curious eyes of the passers-by and it creates that non-public green oasis, enhancing the sensation of freedom. It also establishes a connection between the inhabitants and the outside environment. The “colorful” and kooky (black and white) structure makes it stand out, emphasizing certain details: “the entry stair/foyer volume is clad in white masonry which will visually advance and welcome visitors towards the walkway (while the amount housing primary living spaces in addition to the garage below is clad in black clapboard so that it will recede from the sidewalk).” The neutral colors dominate also the inner, unveiling a classy and coquette open space front room, an uncluttered kitchen and overall, a chic living space.