Blending the New with the Old

I am a huge fan of modern architecture. I love the simplicity of the clean lines, the use of shape and the mix of construction materials.

This morning I flipped open the Globe & Mail’s Real Estate section and on the front page was a renovated 1890 brick farmhouse in Creemore. The house is a brilliant mix of modern design while respecting and incorporating the original design and vintage of the home.

The old farmhouse has a narrow clapboard siding while the new addition has a wider wood siding – all unified by the colour.

So many new builds or additions create homes on steroids and too few incorporate their environment and pay homage to the age of the original home or lot. I’m not a fan of driving down and country road and being able to see a giant stone and stucco house miles before I arrive at it. It’s too Donald Trump for my liking (note small size of image in relation to what I think of it) …

The architect for the Creemore house featured in the paper today is Christopher Pommer of Plant Architect. His firm was founded on the notion of designing buildings to fit within the context of their surroundings. They aren’t interested in replicating a historical style but rather taking what’s there and bringing a fresh, modern look to it. Building something new while respecting the old.

If you get a minute check out the portfolio for Plant Architect. Tons of projects – some small scale, some complete rebuilds – each one completely unique.

Here are some more photos of the Victorian farmhouse in Creemore … if it ever goes on the market I will line up to bid on it!




Do you like to blend new with old? Or, do you prefer architecture that screams “look at me!”?


images 1, 3 – 5 via here, image 2 via here


About Sarah

Sarah is constantly ReDesigning things. From ReDesigning spaces for others or ReDesigning herself from corporate operations whiz into interior decorator and blogger – it’s all about ReDesign.

Posted on July 22, 2011, in Blog Posts and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. BEAUTIFUL!!! I love the blend of old an new. I am drawn to modern design, but this blend of modern and traditional makes it much more livable. Approachable. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I appreciate that the ‘old’ was not torn down but rather worked with and truly complemented by something ‘new’. Modern architecture is a must as today’s generation has to make their statement in architecture too. Great photos.

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