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CANTERRA Design + Build Finalist in the 37th Annual GOHBA Housing Design Awards

We are thrilled to announce that once again, CANTERRA Design + Build is a finalist in the GOHBA Housing Design Awards – this year for four awards in three categories! The nominations are genuinely humbling, and we are proud to be finalists alongside the best of the best from Ottawa’s most talented architects, designers and builders.

We invite you to read on and explore the details behind these nominated projects. In true Canterra style, these stunning custom homes flood with natural light, they feature vast entertaining and living spaces, and they artistically present unique contemporary details.

Heart’s Desire – Custom Home (3,001 sq. ft. or more)

Specifically designed to take advantage of the naturally sloping terrain from the back to the front of the property, Heart’s Desire features a three-storey front and a two-storey rear.

Upon walking up the front porch stairs of this four-bedroom, three-car garage home, you’ll enter into a two-storey volume space with two distinct design elements – a u-shaped floating open riser stairwell with glass guardrails, and a cultured stone feature wall separating the living spaces while anchoring the entire main level. You’ll also notice that we maximized our glass use throughout the home, allowing an expansive amount of glazing to flood the home with natural lighting on all levels, front and back – giving the illusion that the outdoors is coming inside.

The open concept main floor combines a great room, eating area, kitchen with a walk-in pantry, and an island that flows effortlessly towards the wet bar/servery area that doubles as a separation leading to the formal dining room. Contemporary styling, modern finishes, and ceiling bulkhead features allow this space to flow seamlessly from room to room.

The covered lanai in the backyard features an outdoor kitchen, an entertaining/eating area, and an exposed terrace level, tying into the in-ground pool area, creating an endless expanse of outdoor living space. Balconies along the front of the home, off the dining room, home office, and master bedroom, as well as the full height windows along the back, take in all the mature beauty of the neighbourhood, including the front yard view of the calmly flowing river across the way.

Moving up to the second floor of the home, you’ll find yourself in an upper hall overlooking the main foyer, four bedrooms, shared or private ensuites, a functional laundry room, and a fully-equipped master bedroom with a feature balcony overlooking the river.

Heart’s Desire was ideally built with a comfortable lifestyle and entertaining in mind, whether indoors or outdoors. All combined in a mature wooded setting, this indoor/outdoor oasis an absolute delight.

The Crestview – Custom Urban Home (3,001 sq. ft. or more) – Contemporary

Constructing a large-scale urban feel was the cornerstone of this custom, contemporary two-storey, four-bedroom home with a two-car garage. We took a minimalist approach to create a unique design while demonstrating efficient use of land and effective infill development. Prominent features were selected for the exterior finishes to accentuate the homes’ unique design elements and establish a sense of movement.

Moving inside of The Crestview, a vast amount of natural light greets you as it flows freely throughout the home. We achieved this by maximizing window glazing as much as possible – the great room, eating area, and kitchen all feature full height glazing along the home’s entire back wall. We also designed the open concept main floor with volume spaces, front to back, separated by a mezzanine surrounded by glass guard rails, and an open concept office featuring full-height glass across the front.

The Crestview’s open concept main floor combines a great room, a formal dining room, and a kitchen with a large island and eating area. The kitchen opens up to the rear yard, which boasts a wood deck, hot tub, and lower patio surrounded by a stained wood fence for privacy. Off the main living space are the home’s mudroom and powder room with garage access. There is also a side entrance behind the garage to develop the basement into an optional secondary dwelling.

Heading towards the second floor of the home, you’ll find a modern self-supporting open riser stairwell with continuous glass guardrails. Upon reaching the upper level, you’ll be immersed by the mezzanine, which overlooks the main foyer and dining areas. Exploring further are three bedrooms, the main bathroom, a functional laundry room, and a fully equipped master bedroom with a slim wall mount gas fireplace, open access closet with built-in millwork, a full ensuite, plus access to an exterior cantilevered balcony retreat overlooking the rear yard.

The Crestview brings new meaning to open concept with its vast floor-to-ceiling windows and uniquely designed mezzanine. It is a true sanctuary within the city.

Canary Ridge – Custom Home (3,001 sq. ft. or more)

The primary objectives for this two-storey, five-bedroom, three-car garage home design was functionality and effective use of space for a busy family with four young children and working parents.

Walking into the symmetrical front entry, Canary Ridge boasts 10’ ceilings throughout the main level. You are also immediately “WOWED” by the free-standing, self-supported circular stairwell, which is centred in the space and acts as an anchor tying in all the other living spaces around it (on all floor levels). Additionally, the stairwell serves as a divider between the great room and foyer, providing separation and a sense of privacy between the two spaces. This linear style home was designed to flow around the circular staircase, including the second floor, which features each room on a 45-degree angle around the upper hall space.

Another prominent feature within Canary Ridge is the double-sided linear gas fireplace, which separates the open-concept spaces while simultaneously bringing them together. Exploring the main level, you will also find a modern kitchen with European style millwork, a large island with bar stools, and a walk-in pantry. The eating area off the kitchen conveniently accesses a separate covered cooking area independent from the covered lanai. You’ll access the rear, covered lanai through the home’s great room, beautifully uniting the home’s indoor and outdoor spaces. Not to mention expansive glazing throughout, which floods the home with an abundance of natural light.

On the second floor, you are greeted with 9’ ceilings featuring tray ceiling details, a functional laundry room, four individual children’s bedrooms with shared ensuites, and a generous sized master bedroom with a raised ceiling retreat area, a spacious walk-in closet, and a full master ensuite. A secondary back staircase serves as quick access between the bedrooms and the main floor, reducing travel distance for added convenience and flow throughout the home. It opens into an expansive mudroom that can accommodate all six family members with access to a secondary back entrance.

Built with a busy family’s needs in mind, the home is functional yet stylish without compromising on design.

Canary Ridge – Contemporary Spiral – Housing Details

Canary Ridge is also a finalist in the Housing Detail category for the Contemporary Spiral staircase, which centers the entire home.

Upon walking into the symmetrical front foyer, you are immediately taken aback by the free-standing, modern style circular stairwell centred in the space. It acts as an anchor that ties together all other living spaces on all floor levels.

The inspiration for this contemporary spiral staircase came from drawing basic geometric shapes – a circle drawn centred inside a box on a vertical and horizontal grid system, with added grid lines at 45 degrees going from each square corner to corner.

All living areas were then designed around the circular stair concept, so the spaces flow all around. This includes the second floor, featuring each room on a 45-degree angle off the upper hall and open down to the basement. Additionally, the circular stairwell serves as a divider between the great room and the foyer, providing separation and a sense of privacy between the two spaces. The circular shape also helps soften the linear edges of interior space.

When building the Contemporary Spiral, a major structural requirement was to ensure the staircase was self-supporting, so it appeared free-standing without any intermediate support. We achieved this with the closed riser and closed stringers on each side, making the staircase appear as though it’s punching through a hole from the second floor and twisting continuously down into the basement like a corkscrew.

Although the circular styling appears more traditional in nature, the actual stairs were designed and fabricated with a more modern look and finish. With tapered risers (without nosings), metal spindles attached to the structural stringers, and a modern profile wood railing cap system, the contemporary look is achieved. Although we created a fresh feel with the finishes used to complete the Contemporary Stair, it does not entirely abandon its traditional roots. The upper hall dropped ceiling bulkhead frames the entire circular ceiling with potlights enhancing the staircase’s detail, and it’s finished off with the formal look of a beautiful suspended chandelier centred directly over the stair opening.

We have loved working on every aspect of these projects, and we can’t wait to see everyone’s hard work celebrated at the 37th Annual GOHBA Housing Design Awards on November 20th…virtually, of course!

How CANTERRA Design + Build Is Adapting with COVID-19

With the second wave of COVID-19 in full swing across the region, CANTERRA Design + Build, like everyone else, continues to adapt to the evolving ‘new normal.’ Although we were not required to suspend our operations at any point during the pandemic, we did re-evaluate and quickly adjust how we conduct our business at every phase to ensure our team, partners, and clients’ safety.

From the start, our business operations migrated to a new setting – online. We now conduct the majority of our meetings via virtual means, such as Zoom, FaceTime, or teleconferencing. When an in-person session is required, we wear face masks and maintain physical distance, whether indoors or outdoors. Once our meeting is complete, we conduct full sanitation of the space.

The initial construction shutdowns at the start of the pandemic greatly impacted all residential projects. While we adapted under the emerging and ever-changing pandemic restrictions, we still had to work through longer timelines with our partners due to temporary business closures or communication delays and securing building permits. Although the construction shutdown is behind us, our team continues working hard through this pandemic to overcome our industry’s obstacles to keep plans & construction projects on schedule.

Home design trends are also shifting as people settle into this new reality. With more of us working from home, and possibly indefinitely for some, the home office space has gained much more attention – becoming a premium and priority space in home design and functionality. We are also seeing indoor/outdoor living spaces growing in popularity and importance as homeowners are looking for ways to maximize and expand their living space footprint to include the outdoors.

Together, we will get through these challenging times. Our team here at CANTERRA Design + Build is confident we can serve our clients and the community safely, and we will continue to monitor and adapt our operations as needed. If you have any questions, please do reach out to us directly.

Stay positive and stay safe,

CANTERRA Design + Build

Canterra Design + Build 2019 Housing Design Award Winner Rice River View

Rice River View project takes home GOHBA award for Best Custom Urban Home: Semi-Detached

Canterra Design + Build was honoured to be nominated in three categories at this year’s GOHBA Awards, but even more thrilled to have won for Best Custom Urban Home: Semi-Detached! Our Rice River View project took home the honours.

Canterra Design + Build 2019 Housing Design AwardNaturally we’re biased but there’s just so much to love about the Rice River View project. As a semi-detached, one might assume it would be low on space or even cramped but this couldn’t be further from the truth. At 3500 square feet apiece, they truly maximize their footprint, providing 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, an airy open-concept kitchen and living space, and an expansive 750 sq ft rooftop terrace overlooking the Ottawa River.

Canterra Design + Build - Rice River View Dining Room

Canterra Design + Build - Rice River View Rooftop Terrace

It also manages to have a 2-car garage, second-floor laundry room and main floor office. Flooded with light, thanks to 3-side square bay windows and a full-height glass wall, daily life in the Rice River View homes is a delight.

Canterra Design + Build - Rice River View Kitchen

Rice River View is also a strong example of sensible urban infill development, demonstrating good use of land and being complementary to the architecture that surrounds it.

Additionally, we’re so incredibly grateful to all those who voted for us in the Ottawa Citizen People’s Choice awards, & honoured that our Barrhaven Contemporary Rustic project made it to the final round in the Custom Homes Category.

We couldn’t be happier that our Forest Contemporary project was also selected as a Finalist in the Custom Homes category. 

We love the work we do at Canterra Design + Build, and being recognized by the industry and community at large means a lot to us.  Thank You, Ottawa!

CANTERRA Design + Build 2019 GOHBA Housing Design Award Finalists

This year CANTERRA Design + Build is again a finalist for not one but three GOHBA Housing Design Awards categories, which we’ve outlined below. We’re so thrilled to be nominated among the best of the best from Ottawa’s most talented architects, designers and builders.

All three CANTERRA projects were custom designs that are unique, ensure ample natural lighting flooding the homes, key space for entertaining and living and make us so proud to feature for you to dream about a custom build!

Custom Home (3,001 sq ft. or more)
The Forest Contemporary: CANTERRA Design + Build

This custom home was built for entertaining in mind for indoors & outdoors. The two storey, four bedroom, three car garage, with in-law suite, is an open concept floor plan, to accommodate the space for the primary family with live-in aging parents.

The space flows seamlessly upon entering the home boasting contemporary styling & modern sleek finishes throughout. Expansive amount of glazing for natural lighting floods the home.

A two storey entry extends into the two storey great room, featuring a 72″ linear fireplace with wood veneer feature wall. The mezzanine splits the space overlooking the foyer & great room, interconnected to two storey cultured stone feature wall anchoring the entire open main level together. There is access off the foyer to an open concept office with glass wall.

The “U”-shaped floating open riser stairwell with sleek modern guardrails, features two storey window glazing on two walls creating a corner focal point. An in-law suite situated on the main level uniquely designed, complete with a private outdoor amenity space for independent living & entertaining.

The second floor features a master bedroom with an open concept walk-in closet & spacious master ensuite, plus three additional bedrooms, with a shared and private ensuite & a Laundry room with ample circulation space to iron & fold clothing.

A large ultra-modern style kitchen, with massive walk-in pantry, with a huge island & stools that flows into the covered lanai equipped with an outdoor kitchen, tying the indoor space with the outdoors. The outdoor amenity space includes an in-ground pool & outdoor cabana complete with a sitting area with a fire pit. The Dining Room serves as the main eating area & formal dinner functions.

The house situated in a heavily wooded forest setting, surrounded by nature. The surroundings makes living in this home feel like you are on luxury holiday in a private resort like setting.

Custom UrbanHome (3,001 sq ft. or more)
Barrhaven Contemporary Rustic: CANTERRA Design + Build

This two storey, five bedroom, three car garage home was designed for functionality and maximizing use of space for a busy family with four young children all involved with extracurricular activities.

As you enter the impressive 9’ tall solid wood door into a large foyer with two storey volume space and then flow into the main living areas. Off the foyer you can access a large home office, & the main “U”-shaped stairwell, custom fabricated with a steel frame structure & 3″ thick open risers from the basement to the 2nd floor.

Prominent features are the contemporary styling with modern finishes throughout, mixed with distinctive rustic elements such as a custom fabricated fireplace mantle, furniture, décor, & doors using over 100 year old barn beams & planks.

A large modern style kitchen with walk-in pantry, & full height cabinetry with a huge island with stools ties into the main dining room. This also leads to the outdoor covered lanai easily accessed through a 16′ wide, 6 panel bifold door tying the indoor/outdoor living space together. A few more steps down leads you to the swimming pool area & cabana.

The great room elevates to a 15’ ceiling height, with expansive windows flooding the space with natural light. For convenience, the mudroom can be accessed from a side entry, and is furnished with a bench to accommodate all 6 family members, with a special feature built-in slide for hockey bags & equipment.
The laundry room can be accessed off the mudroom and is enclosed with a sliding barn door.

The second floor features four individual children’s bedrooms with shared ensuites & a master bedroom with fireplace & access to a private balcony retreat. The master bedroom also features a spacious walk-in closet with full ensuite & a morning kitchen built-in.

Custom Urban Home: Semi-detached
Rice River View: CANTERRA Design + Build

The goal of these three storey, four bedroom, semi-detached dwellings were to achieve a large scale urban feel as the cornerstone of these contemporary homes. They also have a spectacular bonus feature with over 750 sq./ft. roof top outdoor amenity terrace space, overlooking the Ottawa River.

The development provided a perfect opportunity to create a beautiful design while demonstrating a good use of land and effective infill development.

Prominent features on the exterior are the 3-sided square bay windows, & tastefully selected exterior finishes accentuate the homes’ sense of movement and unique design elements. By incorporating more stairs inside the units, it brought the entry closer to grade making it more inviting, and created a high ceiling feature inside the main entry.The oversized double tandem garages are deep enough to park 2 vehicles.

Every level offers finished space to maximize the unit’s footprint at over 3,500 sq./ft. for each semi. They are also accessible with a modern self-supporting open riser stairwell with 3″ thick treads & glass guardrails. Other notable features are the open concept main floor with office featuring a full height glass wall allowing the light to flow freely into the home. Full height square bay windows to the floor are incorporated in the rear wall, provide a more open feel & allow more light to flow in. A large kitchen with island offers plenty of cooking surface & storage, including a walk-in pantry and wet bar/servery area for entertaining which separates the kitchen to the formal dining room.

The second floor features an ample size laundry room, with three bedrooms, two of which share a jack and jill bathroom with a main hall access bathroom serving the third bedroom. The master bedroom features a wall-mounted gas fireplace and open concept ensuite with the 3-sided square bay windows.

We have loved working on every aspect of these projects. The CANTERRA team will be on hand when the awards are presented at the 36th Annual Housing Design Awards Gala on October 19th. We can’t wait to see everyone’s hard work celebrated!

Manotick Ridge Estates – Manotick, ON

6,500 sq./ft. Two Storey Traditional European Style Estate Custom Home
Features Include:

  • Two Storey, Four Bedroom, with Five car attached garage (2 bay on left side, & 3 bay on right side) with Bonus loft/Flex rooms over each garage space for office or gym
  • Open concept floor layout plan with massive windows & high ceilings throughout
  • Built-in Elevator Cab, accessing all floor levels
  • Main floor Master bedroom with three additional bedrooms on second floor, equipped with walk-in closets & personal ensuite
  • Second floor open loft space for children’s retreat
  • Two Storey Entry/ Foyer & Two Storey Great room, plus Formal Living & Dining Room’s
  • Circular main stairwell, & secondary dual access curved staircase leading to the Terrace level walk-out, Sunroom, & Finished basement
  • All glass Sunroom with 13’ ceilings equipped with motorized skylights
  • Outdoor entertaining size covered Lanai, equipped with full outdoor kitchen
  • Wine cellar in basement