This post is going to be essentially going to be a presentation of the new combo HN Homes and architect Christopher Simmonds. Having a father architect focusing on modern architecture and being a realtor in Ottawa doesn't ease my opinion about new builts or renovation projects.
Whether it's a $800,000+ semi-detached in Westboro or a $500,000 single built by Minto, there is too often a pretty extensive list of features that we wish had received more attention in the design or building process. In HN Homes, the attention to detail is here, and in my opinion some of these smart details will make the difference in home buyers' home choice.
Let's talk about this "new design developer", which is composed partly of one Urbandale partner, Herb Nadolny, founder of HN Homes.
HN Homes has established a creative relationship with award winning Ottawa architect Christopher Simmonds. Christopher and his team have created a unique series of custom designed homes that provide contemporary spaces for the lifestyles of today's families.
Who is Christopher Simmonds? Here is a quick answer from an Ottawa CItizen Article:
Now the extended Nadolny family is re-entering the homebuilding arena, banking on the star power of Ottawa architect Chris Simmonds, whose office shelves are filled with national, provincial and local design awards for flowing custom homes where inside spaces merge with outdoor landscaping thanks to large panels of glass. (...)
Last fall (2013), Simmonds dominated the Housing Design Awards put on by the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association, taking home nine trophies, including the prestigious Peoples’ Choice Award for a sunny, modern ultra-green home in New Edinburgh.
And from what I have seen of the homes they are built with a fresh design approach, newer materials and efficiently:
Georgaras doesn’t believe in green labels, but that doesn’t mean the homes aren’t efficient. They include extra insulation in ceilings, walls and floors, quality windows and high-efficiency furnaces.
(...) there are few interior walls and ceilings range from nine to 12 feet. Often, the staircase will be tucked to the side of the home, lit by a window and accented by solid walls instead of spindles and railings.
The single-family homes in Bridlewood will range from 2,180 square feet on a 35-foot lot to a 3,620-square-foot home on a 50-foot lot (there will also be 44-foot lots), with prices starting in the high $400,000s.
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