Cool Canadian Countryside Coupled With Warm Escea Flames.
In a poetic contradiction, the spectacular view visible from the floor-to-ceiling windows is powerful to the soul yet delicate to the eye; a picture perfect surround which is complemented by the subtle, earthy components scattered throughout the home. To capture the countryside, Herman De Oliveira chose design features which would echo our ecosphere, from a marble slab bench top and polished wooden floors to an Escea NZ River Rock fuel bed.
What started as a simple Google search ended 8,113miles or 13,057km away in New Zealand (figuratively speaking, of course). Herman De Oliveira, a Canadian resident, never imagined his fireplace journey would lead him half way across the world to an Escea ST900 but could not have been happier it did.
From the beginning, Herman knew exactly how he wanted his house to look – elegant and minimalistic with neutral tones and hints of colour. However, firstly it was about open spaces and drawing in the beauty of the mountain side, which -in our opinion- Herman executed perfectly.
Mimicking the long lines of the exterior, the kitchen extends from the living room by means of long, polished wooden floorboards and the full-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows. The natural light that pours in brightens the whole room and reflects off the gently toned wall colour to open the space even more. The vertical, elongated trend carries on into the design of the cabinetry as Herman opted for undivided drawers rather than cupboards, and then further into the marble counter top.
The island of marble, which prominently displays the entwined creation of the grey and white elements, acts as the feature point in the kitchen but also seamlessly integrates with the white and grey kitchen décor. The bench top is highlighted, ever-so-slightly, by the sea-blue lampshades above.
In combination with the blue shades, the red kitchen rug creates a striking fire and ice visual effect which flows into the living space by means of blue bean bags and a red floor lamp – the perfect splash of colour to grab your attention.
To contrast the lighter tones of the room, Herman chose a black, chimney-breast style wall to pull the focus towards the television and the fireplace. Essential to Herman’s vision was having a fireplace and television housed in one structure. The ST900, a low energy consumption fireplace, is Zero Clearance rated, which makes it perfect for installing below a TV.
Herman chose a New Zealand River Rock fuel bed for the ST900 to harmonise with the tone of the other design features. The River Rocks provide a natural yet modern feel which was very important from the beginning. Additionally, the fireplace needed to smoothly fuse into the design – which he feels the ST900 does extremely well.
Herman continually emphasises the overall Escea experience, it doesn’t just come down to the end result for him but the little gems along the way. From quick and efficient delivery and friendly customer service, Herman felt his experience was more focused on him than just buying a fire.
Commonly referred to as “The New Zealand House” by his friends, Herman is extremely pleased about the finished result and the impression he has achieved in the short six months it took to build.
Located just outside of the township, Herman retreats back to the peaceful countryside every night to stoke his fireplace with the push of a button and to settle in and enjoy the picturesque scenery.