A LUXURY ECO-CONDO HOUSE TOUR

A custom WestCoast Eco Home trestle table by Fred Savage uses recycled 120-year-old Eastern white pine and natural oil and wax while the custom Live Edge Design Rainforest dining chairs have eco-leather and organic latex foam seats.

A custom WestCoast Eco Home trestle table by Fred Savage uses recycled 120-year-old Eastern white pine and natural oil and wax while the custom Live Edge Design Rainforest dining chairs have eco-leather and organic latex foam seats.

In planning this space for a father and his teenage daughter, designer JC Scott looked locally, creating a truly healthy home filled with unique and luxurious furnishings that exemplify West Coast Urban Contemporary style.

The curved lines of the Live Edge Design coffee table and custom Fawcett Mfg sofa (designed by  JC Scott and Ross Taylor) echo the curve of the outside wall. A VisionArt screen with photography  by Louise Osborne hides the television.

The curved lines of the Live Edge Design coffee table and custom Fawcett Mfg sofa (designed by JC Scott and Ross Taylor) echo the curve of the outside wall. A VisionArt screen with photography by Louise Osborne hides the television.

While a picture is worth a thousand words, it doesn’t always tell the whole story. One of the things that will never show in any photograph, is how beautiful this space smells — or doesn’t smell,” says designer JC Scott. “We have new flooring, new paint and new furnishings throughout and never once were there any odours.”

In refurbishing a condo into a healthy, comfortable living space for a client with chemical sensitivities, Scott used only materials and finishes without harmful emissions and even took steps to create a low electromagnetic field (EMF) environment.

Also at the top of his client’s wish list were high-quality, quantifiable eco-standards, which fit perfectly with Scott’s own design philosophy, as Victoria’s first eco-oriented designer.

“What was important was an absolute knowledge of the entire provenance of the materials that were being brought in,” Scott says. “I knew that if I dealt with local eco-suppliers, I could control all the materials and I could trust the people to be providing a truly safe, healthy, ecological solution.”

According to Scott, this project would not have been attainable until recently. The breadth of local makers now creating sustainable — and luxurious — eco-friendly furniture and finishings means the possibilities are extensive.

“I couldn’t have done this a few years ago and I’ll be able to do even more in a few more years.”

One of  Scott’s goals as a designer is to try and push the envelope, particularly with sustainability. Luckily, this doesn’t mean sacrificing style — something this inviting space proves with flair.

The chairs, placed around the custom WestCoast Eco Home games table by Fred Savage, complement the dining set and can be brought over for extra seating. The WestCoast Eco Home spruce and walnut pendant lamp also matches  the one in the dining room, adding cohesion to the open space. The bookcase features millwork by Acer Fine Woodworking and a Live Edge Design walnut top, designed by JC Scott.

The chairs, placed around the custom WestCoast Eco Home games table by Fred Savage, complement the dining set and can be brought over for extra seating. The WestCoast Eco Home spruce and walnut pendant lamp also matches the one in the dining room, adding cohesion to the open space. The bookcase features millwork by Acer Fine Woodworking and a Live Edge Design walnut top, designed by JC Scott.

The graceful moulding of the seats of these Magis Lyra Stools provides striking and comfortable seating along the breakfast  bar in the kitchen.

The graceful moulding of the seats of these Magis Lyra Stools provides striking and comfortable seating along the breakfast bar in the kitchen.

 

The bed, designed by JC Scott, uses wood from Live Edge Design and was built by Acer  Fine Woodworking. It features self-aerated storage underneath; a wooden-dowel system bedspring that can be adjusted to the size and weight of the owner; and an 100 per cent organic latex mattress. There’s also hidden storage  behind the headrest and a cubbyhole for a glass of water. The glass-topped table by Autonomous Furniture Collective offers an extra surface area next to the bed.

The bed, designed by JC Scott, uses wood from Live Edge Design and was built by Acer Fine Woodworking. It features self-aerated storage underneath; a wooden-dowel system bedspring that can be adjusted to the size and weight of the owner; and an 100 per cent organic latex mattress. There’s also hidden storage behind the headrest and a cubbyhole for a glass of water. The glass-topped table by Autonomous Furniture Collective offers an extra surface area next to the bed.

Design Specialist: Iván Meade
Text: Athena McKenzie
Photographed by Joshua Lawrence

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Interior Design: JC Scott Eco Design
Contractor: Scott Cumming, C2 Construction
EMF Remediation: Katrina Gustavs and Walter McGinnis
Millwork and Desks: Acer Fine Woodworking with Live Edge Design
Cork Flooring (bedroom): Oak Bay Broadloom & Fine Floors
Painting: Gulnar Jamal Painting, using Farrow & Ball paint
Window Coverings: Ruffell & Brown Window Fashions
TV and VisionArt Frame: Atlas Audio Video Unlimited