The Hare Residence is a 2022 GOHBA award finalist of custom urban homes more than 3,800 square feet. This single home in Glabar Park is exquisitely designed with a balance of traditional elements and modern open spaces.
The façade is informed by traditional craftsman style, incorporating a large and gracious porch, low eaves, and layered gables. The front door is inviting, with a mix of formality and country comfort. Porch details include tapered columns with brick bases, boxed beams, ceiling coffers and pendant light. The foyer is both distinctive and practical, with a ceiling that soars to one and a half storeys that incorporates a clerestory window that brings in natural light, and a nook that features shoe storage, a bench, and hooks. Adjacent to the foyer there is a front bedroom which provides ground level accessible living with a view of the street and includes an ensuite complete with roll-in shower. From the front entrance there is a view down the hall, past the foot of the stairs, and out to the rear terrace.
The kitchen, living and dining rooms are open to each other, but divided into very distinct spaces using spatial organization and design features. Timber columns and a large timber beam offer separation visually between kitchen and living room. The dining room projects into the rear yard, enclosed by three walls of windows. The dining room is further made distinctive by its ceiling that is higher than the adjacent kitchen and utilizes timber beams in rhythm with the windows to make this one of the favourite rooms in the house. The stair and upper hall are a spacious and bright transition from ground to second floor rooms. The primary suite was designed as a delightful retreat within the home. It incorporates a cathedral ceiling over the main bedroom area, a roof top patio, and a sitting nook for when it is too cold to be outside.
Moving through this house, a visitor enjoys the delight of natural materials, finely crafted and detailed, which shape and enliven spaces, shifting in colour and tone in the changing light of the day.