Less can be less - Aryze

Less can be less

This custom 2200 sq.ft residential new-build with a strong design focus and architectural detailing, that’s financially attainable for a young family of four. The small two-storey footprint and compact floor plans make for an efficient use of space and low-maintenance lifestyle.

Attainable and aesthetically pleasing

While still adhering to quality construction methods and materials, we worked aggressively to value engineer the project with homeowner and lead designer, Atarah Humphreys of Urbana Kitchens. We stripped down the aesthetic to a simple, energy efficient, healthy home for as little cost as possible.


The floating staircase made of perforated steel creates really unique shapes and shadows from the abundance of natural light provided by the double-height glazing in the living room.

A sleek, modern design

Exposed ceiling beams and concrete floors minimize construction costs, yet add to the home’s stripped-back low maintenance appeal that suits the busy family life of the homeowners. Quality custom millwork, a low profile solid surface countertop and energy-efficient appliances also contribute to the home’s cost-effective modern style.

Compact space planning

A moveable wall allows the den to be converted into a private guest suite, maximizing the home’s functionality within the most efficient square footage. The upstairs has a catwalk-style mezzanine overlooking the living room (eliminating the need for a hallway) and contains the master bedroom with ensuite, plus two bedrooms connected by a Jack and Jill bathroom for the couple's children to share.

Creative solutions

An ambitious budget doesn't mean the focus on design had to be compromised. Together with lead designer and homeowner, we came up with some clever solutions. The result is an architecturally interesting home that's affordable, comfortable and forward thinking

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