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R E N O VAT I O NOPPOSITE: Eco-friendly air conditioning. A “living” roofby Xero Flor covers the addition, with sedum plantscooling the home in the summer and insulating it inthe winter.The craftspeople at Ravenwood love to create beautiful staircases thatperfectly suit your home and that are born of the relationship between theirskilled craftsmanship and your imagination. We at Ravenwood look forwardto serving you.ATLANTIC CANADA'S PREMIER BUILDERS OF CONTEMPORARY DESIGNJAYE BEETON 5 CANAL STREET, DARTMOUTH, NST. (902) 497-5141 | F. (902) 461-5002www.creativemillworkanddesign.comjaye@creativemillworkanddesign.comGREEN ROOF FAST FACTS• Last year, Toronto became the first city in North America to havea bylaw requiring green roof space on new residential,commercial and institutional builds.• An eight-storey residential building in Toronto is in its secondphase of building the biggest green roof on a residentialproperty in Canada—22,000 square feet in total.• Green roofs, or sod roofs, have existed in northern Scandinaviafor centuries.• The Fortress of Louisbourg, a fortified town in Nova Scotia, hadsod roofs dating back to the early eighteenth century.• According to Michigan State University, Germany is widelyconsidered the leader in green-roof research, technology andusage. An estimated 12 per cent of all flat roofs in that countryare green.• The Fairmount Waterfront Hotel in Vancouver built a green-roofgarden in 1991, one of Vancouver’s first green roofs. It’s used togrow herbs, flowers and vegetables, saving the hotel anestimated $30,000 a year in food costs.• Green roofs are slowly popping up on buildings in theMaritimes. Kim Thompson, a lecturer at Dalhousie Universityand a built environment coordinator at the Ecology ActionCentre in Halifax, says, “We’re seeing some incentives comingfrom Halifax; they’re looking at putting forward a pilot projectto encourage residential green roofs of various scales. From anacademic point of view, it’s being integrated much more intothe school system.”• In 2010, the Waterfront Nova Scotia Community College campusin Dartmouth, N.S. built the only permanent exterior “livingwall” east of Vancouver. The wall is made up of about 7,000plants that will change with the seasons.Pre-cultivated vegetation blanketWater retention layerDrainage/filter layerRoot penetration barrierGRAPHIC: XERO FLOR GREEN ROOF SYSTEMThough it sounds like there’s a lot going onin the home, Mark and Stephanie were carefulnot to clutter the space. They went with a minimalistdesign for the décor, enhancing the cleanlines of the space and its open, airy layout. Inthe living room, they chose soft, natural coloursof grey, green and cream.Even with three busy children living in thehouse, everything seems to have a place out ofview. The kids don’t seem to mind the look andfeel of the space. “They love it, although they areprone to run around, hands above their heads,screaming with delight, which gets kind of loudat times!” Mark says with a laugh.While the modern living room keeps thehome’s minimalist style with just a few key piecesof furniture and minimal accessories, it doesn’tlack warmth and comfort. Mark designed andAndrew Watts installed a large set of floor-toceilingbirch cabinets that house the TV andprovide storage. The unit also holds a sleekLennox wood stove from Roode and Rose thatkeeps the family cozy on cool fall days.Providing views of the lush backyard trees, theseating from Sears includes a soft-grey microfibreloveseat with a low back and high, curved armsand a matching soft-green chair. A long, stylishottoman matches the loveseat and provides extraseating. The block-style side tables in a light woodfinish came from Atlantic Superstore. Thefurnishings sit together on a cream-coloured shagrug from Home Depot.Connecting the living and dining areas is alow, long bookcase stuffed with books and toysfor the kids. A large window brightens thedining area at the front of the space. At mealtimes,the family gathers around the long pineIkea table with a bench and end chairs. Off toone side sits the family piano. Mark can playand read music but says Braedon is the playerof the family. The hope is all the children willlearn to play, perhaps from Mark’s mother, whogives the odd lesson to her grandsons when shevisits from Yarmouth.In the kitchen, the cabinets are birch veneerplywood. But the real standout elements in this77 Gard Rd. Bloomfield Industrial Park Alberton, PE C0B 1B0902-853-3037 • info@ravenwoodstairways.com32 eastcoastlivingmagazine.ca | Fall 2010Fall 2010 | eastcoastlivingmagazine.ca 33

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