Made possible by our in-house service offerings, this in-depth review provides insight in to the major components of your project from a high level view, and provides clear steps forward to determining the feasibility of your requirements, and achieving them.

Our team will assess and review the following project components with you:

  • The Role of Sketching, Sun Studies, and 3D Design
  • Zoning By-Laws
  • Lot Grading and Natural Features
  • Custom Home Design Process and Proposal Review
  • Interior Design Process and Proposal Review
  • Permit Timelines

You will receive the following:

  • Zoning Study
  • Custom Home Design Proposal and process
  • Interior Design Proposal and Process Breakdown
  • Detailed Construction Cost and Scope of Work
    Breakdown (If Applicable)
  • Clients:

The English Manor


Jesse recently had the opportunity to design a unique Contemporary English Manor style home for a prestigiously large lot in Oakville that he master planned and designed every aspect of including custom home design, interior design, and landscape design. Recognizing that this was not a custom home design style that was at all common in the area, he saw it as his opportunity to leave his mark on the character of the neighbourhood for decades to come. The classic charm of these country homes is often related to the mixture of architectural styles as a result of how often they changed hands when different families rose and fell from power. In some cases, up to 6 centuries of design tastes and characteristics are reflected in the facades of these manors. To that effect, Jesse had a very wide range of inspiration to draw from starting with the footprint itself. The size of this lot allowed him to design an “L” shaped footprint, capturing the sense of sprawling luxury of the “E” or “H” shaped footprints of these country retreats are known for.

For every home that Jesse designs, he starts with a sun study in order to ensure that his floor plans are designed in a way to either position each room in line with the sun during its average highest time of use, or to draw natural light from one space to another. In this case, Jesse utilized a second floor window wall above the front door that shines into the two storey grand foyer. Jesse purposely symmetrically aligned the foyer hallway that leads to kitchen, living, and dining rooms with these foyer windows in order to draw North facing morning light into these spaces at the rear of the home. He also designed a second floor mezzanine hallway, along with specific bedroom door positioning in line with these second floor windows in order to draw morning light into the bedrooms as well. Considerations of this nature require custom home designers to be in control of the planning of the entire project to such a degree that they can understand the impact of exterior aesthetic decisions on the interior design plans as well as in the grand scheme of the desired environment. Jesse did just that, striking a balance between function and luxurious beauty with proportionality, symmetry, architectural interest, and natural light in mind.

The proportions of the home that were captured in the sketches almost exactly match the executed rendered design vision, and are the single only reason that this home doesn’t feel monolithic due to its sheer size. Indeed making a home of this nature feel “proportionate” and “sprawling” is difficult as it requires a second storey in order to offer the required living space. To combat this effect, Jesse designed a unique storey and a half garage that serves to ground the home, offering a refreshing contrast to the grand two storey massing. The elegance of having an architecturally significant feature like this is reminiscent of the classic single storey libraries or chapels that were commonly featured in these unique manors of the past. They would commonly be clad in a different material than the rest of the facade, offering a vastly different architectural style. In this case, Jesse opted to take the opportunity to feature small dormers within the roofline that ties the home together quaintly given the existing range of contemporary details featured throughout the front and rear facades.


On the exterior, the rustic Ontario fieldstone facade is a notable feature on its own, offering a stunningly rustic texture that is made to feel refined in the context of the home’s proportions, as well as in the presence of the large format windows throughout the facade. Large windows were considered a rich man’s amenity in these homes of the past, and in the spirit of designing this style through a contemporary lens, Jesse designed floor to ceiling windows that span across the main floor dining room, kitchen, great room, sitting room and office, as well as the two storey foyer. However, in stark contrast to these sleek contemporary windows, Jesse’s historically accurate style came through when he included a tudor style masonry archway detail that characterizes the front door vestibule. This uniquely historic detail paired with prominent chimneys, dormer windows, and traditional English gardens add to the intended effect of capturing the quaintly rustic and sprawling sense of luxury that homes of this design style radiate. The result is a home that offers a cohesively designed environment no matter where you look throughout the grounds.

We can’t wait to get into the interior design planning process for this unique custom home in the coming months!

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