Residence on Sea Island
NESTLED ON A SLEEPY AVENUE where children still play in the streets, the Heaton residence was conceived with every generation in mind. Two children’s bedrooms with a shared bathroom are tucked under the eaves upstairs, while the principal suite offers a gentle respite with its fireplace and french doors. Another en-suited bedroom means guests or a long-stay aunt has privacy.
An Old & Kind Neighbourhood
IT IS A GENTLE PLACE where a grey and white cat named Emma gladly ventures across the park to pay you a visit. Century-old trees line quiet lanes. The house, then, needed to feel like it belonged despite being the new kid on the block. A solid wood front door and sheltered stoop welcome guests. Friendly front windows keep an eye on the street. Classic white siding & trim wraps the home.
ON THE GROUND FLOOR, a generous staircase greets guests with a happy, sunlit window seat — imagined as a perch for the family pet or a little spot to curl up with a book and watch the street below. A wide Arts & Crafts inspired archway invites the gaze through the foyer to the Family Room with its fireside French doors, and beyond to the grassy backyard.
WITH EARLY MORNINGS in mind, the kitchen faces east to gather sunshine while the breakfast nook’s built-in seating looks onto the backyard. Custom-made striped French linen cushions soften the window seat.
A broad kitchen island —uninterrupted by sinks or appliances— offers a natural place to gather for entertaining, food-prep, or homework. Timeless white tiles set in a herringbone pattern are a treat for the eye without overwhelming the space.
TUCKED AWAY between the kitchen and formal dining room one finds the Butler’s Pantry. A second washing up station, extra refrigeration, and a hidden pre-plumbed gas stove connection are helpful for entertaining today and for a growing family in the future.
BUILT FOR GENERATIONS and accessibility, the Heaton offers extra wide corridors and three-foot doorways for easy navigation with a walker or
wheelchair. The Home Studio opens directly to a covered back porch. Side by side laundry is coupled with lengthy counterspace for housekeeping, all with a view to the yard. Built-in coat cubbies maintain order while still being easy to access. The chevron tile pattern over radiant in-floor heating coaxes off boots more easily in winter months. A quiet corner is reserved for the family pet crate.
BATHROOMS WERE DESIGNED with multiple generations in mind. The principal en-suite bathroom benefits from a curbless zero-barrier walk in shower and a separate soaking bathtub.
On the ground floor, a full bathroom has another curbless shower and extra-wide door allowing for ease of access with walking devices or wheelchairs making it possible for family members to age in place comfortably and safely.