Photos: A Calgary Bungalow Gets a Modern Makeover
Architects Dustin Couzen and Ben Klumper team up with Nicky Gretzen to design a sophisticated family home.
Though this chic, mid-century modern-inspired Calgary home may look like it’s a world away from the homeowner’s former cramped space…it’s actually just down the block.
The homeowners, now parents of two rambunctious kids, had outgrown their space but wanted to stay in the same neighbourhood. And a 1960s bungalow on a corner lot on a nearby street had plenty of potential to be the family-friendly dream home they were looking for. It would just need a little TLC from MoDA (our Arthur Erickson Memorial Award winners this year) to become an open-concept beauty.
They added almost 1,000 square feet to the layout, with MoDA extending the house into the back in an L shape to create what architect Dustin Couzens calls “an exterior living room.” By framing an outdoor space with two walls, “it looks more designed and meant to be there,” he explains. “By opening as much of the front and back of house as possible to the exterior living space, we can multiply the amount of space in the summer months.” Four glass sliding panels open right up onto the patio, creating a seamless transition between spaces when the sun is shining (and easy visibility when the kids are playing in the yard).
The extension also included a new master bedroom (complete with an ensuite and walk-in closet), and a bright and airy open-concept living area. “We’re big believers in having spaces overlap and blur together—you don’t need to delineate these spaces as you used to in the ’90s,” says Couzens. “We knocked down as many walls as possible.”
Nicky Gretzan (who was working with MoDA on the project at the time but now runs her own interior design firm, Nik Interiors) took charge of the finishes and decor from there. “We wanted to make it practical while still making it pretty,” says Gretzan. That meant hand-scraped texture for the flooring so that scuffs and claw scratches would go unnoticed. White-washed white oak millwork (and plenty of it!) keeps the space feeling crisp and minimal, but warm—the perfect soothing backdrop for a lively family of four.
See photos of the modern, family-friendly renovation below!