Mother Earth Living


The Slow Home Movement

Designers in the Slow Home movement are creating homes made for health and comfort rather than resale value.



Housebrand, a Calgary, Canada-based design firm that specializes in the Slow Home philosophy, remodeled this 1912 Victorian for clients Catherine and Aaron Montgomery. Changes included removing a countertop and installing an island to open up the century-old kitchen’s floorplan and make it more functional for the Montgomerys and their two young daughters. They also opened the kitchen to include a rarely used formal dining room, which is now an everyday eating and entertaining space.
Photo Courtesy Housebrand
Because the Montgomerys’ Victorian home is long and narrow, Housebrand designers John Brown and Matthew North wanted to take advantage of the sunny front and back ends, where natural light spills in. They transformed this sunny but unused space into a cheery office.
Photo Courtesy Housebrand
Housebrand, a Calgary, Canada-based design firm that specializes in the Slow Home philosophy, remodeled this 1912 Victorian for clients Catherine and Aaron Montgomery. Changes included removing a countertop and installing an island to open up the century-old kitchen’s floorplan and make it more functional for the Montgomerys and their two young daughters. They also opened the kitchen to include a rarely used formal dining room, which is now an everyday eating and entertaining space.
Photo Courtesy Housebrand
Because the Montgomerys’ Victorian home is long and narrow, Housebrand designers John Brown and Matthew North wanted to take advantage of the sunny front and back ends, where natural light spills in. They transformed this sunny but unused space into a cheery office.
Photo Courtesy Housebrand
Replacing the open-tread staircase with a sleek, modern version conceals an understair storage spot and makes the hallway feel more modern.
Photo Courtesy Housebrand
Replacing the open-tread staircase with a sleek, modern version conceals an understair storage spot and makes the hallway feel more modern.
Photo Courtesy Housebrand

















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