The Edina Addition


Ottawa's Hintonburg Neighbourhood

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The Edina Addition

Project Type Custom Home Addition
Client Private
Neighbourhood Hintonburg, Ottawa
Concept Contextual Regionalism
Contractor To be determined

The clients of The Edina Addition requested a design that respects the existing gambrel house but responds to their growing family that has begun to exceed the size of the current house.

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The home is situated mid-block with a south-facing front.  The neighbourhood is a mature urban setting with large trees and many different styles of houses.


It is essential for ARCA-VERDE to design a structure that works with the existing, strong character, that is, the gambrel shape.  The forms and sloping roof lines also reduce the structure’s presence. The result is an expression that is elegant and unimposing.

The open-concept planning creates expansive interior views, allowing maximum natural light penetration. However, the planning presents areas of repose and isolation as well. In either the spa-inspired washrooms, private master bedroom, or the den space on the 2nd level, each space aims to be a place to seek independence or recharge when needed.

Functional Description

The home needed to be updated to include modern amenities to provide for the growing family’s needs.  A laundry room and washroom were added on the main level allowing informal entry through the garage or formal entry into the nearby vestibule.  Sliding doors would enable the house to be configured to hide the service spaces in the event of a proper party. A large informal family room/living will be built in the backyard and accessed by passing from the future large dining room, by the fireplace and down a few steps. A double-sided wood-burning fireplace is planned in this location.

The second floor will receive an increased shared bathroom, a new den room, and a new master suite with an ensuite bathroom, a walk-in closet, and a balcony overlooking the backyard. Overlapping functions foster a creative and friendly environment without bolstering the house size.

ARCA-VERDE has considered every detail in the Edina Addition project, focusing on the client’s needs and family.   Placing functions and arrangement of space creates an economy of space but elegance when needed.

Material and Design Features

  • Forest Stewardship Certified wood,
  • Scorched Wood (Shou Sugi Ban)
  • Triple pane fibreglass windows,
  • A super-insulated roof,
  • Increased storage, and
  • a laundry chute