By Danielle Pope  /  Photos by Joshua Lawrence

When designer Jenny Martin was approached to work on an ocean-view Cadboro Bay home, she knew she’d have to get resourceful. The 4,000-square-foot house was located on such a unique triangular lot that the structure appeared almost folded in, with sharp, angular edges and dynamic room shapes. The origami-like nature of the building was so different, in fact, Martin nicknamed it “Edge.”


 As with many coastal homes, Martin’s goal was to maximize the views available from every vantage point while turning the interior into a Vancouver Island sanctuary. With two storeys, two master bedrooms, a floating walkway, a two-level garage and full beach view, she had plenty to work with.

“The design was largely inspired by the client, who wanted a contemporary look with a focus on natural elements to reflect an earthy, modern feel,” says Martin. “We played that up through our use of materials, and rich, smoky tones.”

The floors are formed from oak hakwood, creating a wholesome and knotty atmosphere. Martin used a variety of earthy materials, from steel and glass to wood and stone, to ensure the interior held its rustic feel. Yet the house also captures a meditative calm, with natural lighting from the window walls emphasizing each room, and stylized features — like the floating toilet and freestanding soaker tub — playing off a modern Japanese theme.


Small details tie together the modern and rustic feel of this home. The kitchen features a Blanco stainless-steel, single-bowl MicroEdge sink with polished chrome fixtures, as well as quartz countertops in “Cinder,” while oil-rubbed bronze knobs and the sliding barn door create a sturdy, rural feel. Millwork and cabinetry are done in a flat-panel, rift-cut white oak with a horizontal grain, and the European oak hakwood flooring in “Solum” is finished in hardwax oil for a natural look. Polished concrete in “Solus, Portland” creates a chic contrast.

On the main floor, the entryway leads into an open-concept dining, kitchen and living room. Set in a triangular perspective, the three divisions are outfitted in complementary charcoal and cream colours, with a “Cinder” quartz countertop dividing the kitchen, and a glass-encased wine cellar paralleling the dining room. Sliding barn doors accent the pantry and laundry rooms, while polished-concrete flooring separates the living room, and an accordion window wall offers free-flowing access to the patio.


The inset wine room creates a picturesque kitchen feature, framed by the hanging barn door with raw steel sliders. The walls throughout the house feature Benjamin Moore’s “Grey Mist” colour in satin or eggshell, playing up a neutralizing calm and encouraging the light to play with the angles of the house.

“These really are our favourite projects to work on,” says Martin. “Each room allowed us to implement simple but dramatic details that make a home stand out.”

Off the patio, landscape designer Jonathan Craggs weaved the rustic Zen themes throughout the exterior. Craggs used sedge baby’s tears and Japanese maples to create a “rusted” evergreen atmosphere. Poured concrete steps lead around the house, while a refinished concrete perimeter wall acts as a wind and sound barrier to frame the home.


A combination of Japanese ornamental vegetation and coastal sea grasses creates an oasis for the exterior of this house, with hand-poured concrete steps and the cement feature wall paralleling the motifs found inside the home.


“The ocean side of the house speaks for itself, but the pathways and wall are soft ways of linking the two arms of this design without distracting from the view,” says Craggs. “We focused on using non-linear, natural lines and a curved patio, which contrast with the sharp lines of the house — they play off each other.”

The patio also features a 12-foot-long fire-table feature, formed from rock and steel, with infrared heaters mounted in the deck’s overhang to capture fugitive heat. Craggs even designed an adjacent bistro area to integrate the built-in barbecue and pizza oven.

Back inside, the main-level master bedroom carries on the natural theme of hakwood flooring and knotty high beams, while the ensuite features a pocket mirror that rolls into a window wall. Meanwhile, the upstairs bedroom boasts a tree-fort feel, with full window views, and its ensuite features a glass-enclosed bathroom with steamer shower — made from a single slab of marble — and separate floating-toilet room, next to a generous walk-in closet.



The master ensuite showcases a walk-in glass shower with polished marble slab wall in “Hillcrest.” The rain shower head and fixed-jet hand shower by Blu Bathworks add a dynamic element to this water feature, while the shower floor tile is done in unglazed porcelain with a flame-rectified finish. Along the counter, the Wet Style Cube Collection above-counter sink adds to the calm nature of this room, and the freestanding Cube bathtub offers an artistic take on this element.


Lighting plays a key role throughout the home, with two special features occurring in the main-floor bathroom. A slide-away mirror wall opens up to a windowed view over the sink, while a framed lighting inset creates illumination over the bath. The Aquabrass Turks freestanding soaker tub emphasizes the Zen motifs, paired with a wall-mounted toilet to accent the illusion of additional space. A generous walk-in closet off this room (below) creates an open flow.


Much like a tree fort, the upper level also features a walk-around balcony that peers down to the first floor. Specially developed ceiling panels mute acoustic noise, while the upstairs media room offers a quiet place to play or relax. It’s on this level, too, that the floating walkway links the main house to the office above the garage. The effect, from inside and out, is an open-concept visual masterpiece.


This Victoria home uses a dynamic mix of geometric lines and natural elements to create a spacious outlook on beachside living. Raw wood and steel crossbeams partner with contemporary hanging light features and industrial metal materials in this West Coast collaboration. The result is a modern Zen experience.

“We consider the location and sight lines in every project, and the Edge’s unique layout really upped our creativity level,” says Martin. “The more challenge you face with a space, the more it allows you to be inventive.”

Architect: Dan Boot, Studio DB3​
Design: Jenny Martin Design
Construction manager: Jake Grypma​
Plumber: Erb Technical Contracting
Electrician: Allied Power and Communications ​
Doors and hardware: Jason Good Custom Cabinets
​Windows: Westeck Windows and Doors
Concrete slabs: Jake Grypma Custom Woodworks
Cladding: Cedar siding – Jake Grypma Custom Woodworks; stucco – Esquimalt Stucco and Plastering
Roofing: Alpha Roofing & Sheet Metal
Tile: Decora​ Ceramic Tile & Natural Stone
Painting: Jake Grypma Custom Woodworks
Kitchen/bathroom millwork:
​Jason Good Custom Cabinets​
Custom millwork: ​Jason Good Custom Cabinets​
Landscape design: Jonathan Craggs Garden Design
Planting: Bricklok Surfacing & Landscaping
Concrete hardscape: Jake Grypma Custom Woodworks