Langley is an equestrian community just outside of Vancouver BC, and home to this beautiful family-centric project by PlaidFox Studio. The homeowner reached out to the design firm to create a truly special home on the 5 acre property–a place she could host her many kids and grandchildren, as well as her four dogs, four horses, cats, and even a pot-bellied pig. (A real menagerie!)
The client’s main goal with the home was to make it feel warm, rustic and welcoming. “The solid timber structure for the home and wood ceilings were something that was very important to the homeowner,” Creative Director Ben Leavitt shares. They highlighted these architectural elements in the great room, which includes the living, dining, kitchen, and entryway. “We wanted a space that would feel cozy, as Vancouver weather is often grey and not overly inspiring in the winter months,” Leavitt explains. “With the main floor of the home, we used soft grey tones combined with traditional detailing to help balance the rustic ranch style.”
The bedrooms were each inspired by who would be sleeping over at Grandma’s house for the weekend. For her young granddaughters, a pink gingham bunk room that pulled a little inspiration from Wendy’s nursery in Peter Pan. It’s got that dreamy fairytale factor and is filled with charming details to delight the little girls. For example, the bubblegum pink armoire is a candy cupboard–any little girl’s dream. “The room sleeps the four granddaughters, however the family dogs seem to always find their way under the sheets,” Leavitt laughs.
In the primary bedroom, there’s a more delicate approach to the rustic design of the home. “While the bedside tables are made of cowhide and the ceiling a dark stained rustic wood, the limestone fireplace and a palette of dusty rose soften the space,” the designer explains. “The ensuite again finds a middle ground with the classic subway tile and custom-cut marble floors. The window of the bath looks directly onto the horse field.”
In this home, the addition of wallpaper and other thoughtful details really transformed the spaces, even in the most subtle way. “I often say a home is made or broken in the last 10 percent,” Leavitt says. “When building the budget for your space, I think it’s always key to leave room for drapery and wallpaper, it will drastically improve the space.”
Overall, the project took about two years for the PlaidFox team. “When working with a timber-framed home there are many challenges as the wood acclimatizes, twists and cracks. It takes longer, but will stand the test of time,” the designer says. “You can often tell when a home took longer to design and construct, there is a palpable difference and a grounding sense of forever that elevates the home. We definitely live in a quick-as-possible world where patience is no longer a valued virtue. With this project, the items that took the longest and proved to be the most challenging, namely the solid timber beams, are what makes this home one for the ages.”