City Homes

June 18, 2024

A Designer Brings Georgian Architecture And English Decorating To A Custom Home

It was meant to be a spec house. That’s what designer Rhiannon Hageman and her husband and creative partner, Travis Hageman, planned when they purchased land in Oakville, Ont., down near the lake. The team at Hageman Homes & Interiors had lofty goals for the house that would be constructed in a Heritage Conservation District. They envisioned a Georgian-style residence that would fit in well with the neighborhood. “Some houses on this street are more than a century old,” says Rhiannon. “We didn’t want it to look like a new-build.”

In a surprising turn of events, during the permit phase, a local real-estate agent introduced Rhiannon and Travis to a couple who were keen on returning to the area, grandparents who were now empty-nesters. The spec house was spec no more — the couple bought the property while the project was underway. “The clients asked us to handle the build and the decorating; it was a wonderful opportunity,” says Rhiannon.

The new owners requested tweaks to personalize the 4,400-square-foot, five-bedroom, six-bathroom house but, overall, they loved the original concept. “Travis and Rhiannon’s vision evoked a feeling of home, and we were drawn to the plans for bringing in charm with the decorating,” says an owner.

Author: Lisa van de Geyn

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Rhiannon Hageman