Hidden Home Bar Features Unique Flooring Solution

By Jeffrey Douglas

Located in a well-established pocket of Toronto defined by traditional architecture, this project set out to create an effortlessly luxurious living space for a family of five. To achieve this goal, the design combines the best of both worlds by transitioning from the classic exterior of Richard Wengle’s architecture to a deeply modern, relaxed and functional interior.

The homeowners wanted an urban refuge — contemporary, almost minimalist in character. In order to accommodate the family’s busy routines and easy camaraderie, austerity was avoided in favour of sophisticated warmth. Natural materials like elegant stone, textured woods and luscious fabrics seamlessly integrate with a crisp colour palette.

Resilient hardwood flooring in the dining room sets the stage for the casual gatherings the family prefers, opening up the space to enjoy each other’s company and welcome guests as friends. It also grounds the carefully crafted balance between the hand-carved plaster wall sculpture and dramatic modern chandelier, proving to be the perfect canvas for a functional yet representative room.

Hardwood flooring in the dining room adds to the relaxed atmosphere. Photo courtesy Patrick Biller.

In the primary ensuite, Nordic Grey marble from Ciot gives the bathroom floors an elegant spa-like feel. The same stone is used on vanity surfaces, keeping lines clean and uncluttered. Soft yet durable, the strong marble unfurls its natural delicate white veining with hints of aqua throughout the space. The gentle curve of the bathtub and light drapery soothe the eye in this peaceful composition.

Another bold design choice with a unique flooring solution is tucked away just off the main hallway. A concealed entrance opens to a dramatic, speak-easy style hidden bar, its glass floor looking onto the wine room just below. Black metal racking with integrated, concealed light runs the full length of the wine room’s height and appears to pierce through the floors into the bar itself.

Throughout the home, from the floorings to each thoughtful detail, the design story is one of modern simplicity. Its patterns and structures follow the rhythms and routines of the family’s everyday life, imbuing the ordinary with a sense of opulence and the ease it deserves. It is, quite literally, built for living large.

Jeffrey Douglas has been the owner and principal of Toronto-based Douglas Design Studio since its inception in 1995. His diverse team and strong aesthetic have been recognized with a number of design awards from the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario, Society of British and International Interior Design, and Interior Designers of Alberta. More importantly, his designs make a lasting impact on the everyday lives of his clients, enriching it with beauty and quiet luxury.

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