Friday, March 28, 2014

Where Cool Came From

Pat's minimalist house in Toronto, Canada


My friend Pat sent me this link yesterday.  It is a profile of his house (or "house" as he says in his Canadian accent) in Toronto.  It is on the website "Where Cool Came From."


Pat's home office and front door

View of home office and kitchen from second level

Pat's "living room" and backyard

Stairs to the second level (bedroom and bathroom)


Pat is a minimalist (and a vegan).  I think he's pretty cool and this profile confirms my impression of Pat.  


Pat in my backyard (I'm definitely not a minimalist - I'm a gardner)



See here: Click on the video at the website.  Get past the straw house.  Pat's is the next house.





Enjoy!


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19 comments:

  1. Hey Ron

    Nice of you to include this segment about the house I live in. It was a lot of fun to do and Dave LeBlanc really helps you make it easy. As always Kudos to architect Andrew Reeves of Linebox who was so instrumental in getting this project together. I must admit that even after Dave pointed out my stuff behind the shower curtain I attacked and purged from there too.

    Thanks Ron.

    Paat

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    1. Pat,
      That is one awesome house you have and I admire you so much for your minimalist way of living. I know that's the way I should/will go. Actually, the only thing I really need are my photographs and I can digitalize them. All the rest, except for my Mom's crochet, can go. Someday that's what I'll do, major downsizing. Make it easier for whoever inherits all my "stuff." Again, you're a natural for a tour guide. Knowledgeable, humorous and non threatening, and definitely not a snob as so many are on the HGTV shows. Thanks for sharing your home with all of us out here in the Great Unwashed.
      Ron

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  2. WOW! That is ONE COOL HOOSE!!!! I hope to get my life under control and be able to live like this one day. All I need is room for a couple of BIG ANTENNAS for my radios!

    Peace <3
    Jay

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    1. Jay,
      I'm looking forward to visiting Pat's house in August.
      Ron

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  3. Way cool. I love Pat's house and I wholeheartedly agree with the concept of minimalism, which eliminates many of the complications in our lives. But (here's the inevitable "but"), it looks too sterile, clinical, and impersonal. I would crave more clutter. I'm a hopeless cause.....

    Will Pat build the same type of house on the land that he purchased in your neck of the woods? That would be really interesting.

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    1. Jon,
      I love Pat's house too but I couldn't live like that. I have too much and need too much. However, there is a lot I can get rid of and never miss it. That's my goal, especially after meeting Pat. I've seen pictures of the interior of your house and I don't see any clutter. All very neat to me.
      Pat isn't going to build the same kind of house when he moves to Delaware because of the homeowners association convents. The typeof house he has in Toronto would be too far out in his new neighborhood. But he is planning on building not the typical dormer, suburban house. He's really into energy efficiency and lots of windows and light. His house will definitely be different. Should be interesting.
      Ron

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  4. Agreed... SO COOL!!!

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    1. MAC,
      Just finished talking to Pat on FaceTime. I love looking at the interior of his house in the background when we're talking.
      Ron

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  5. Anonymous12:39 AM

    As another Canadian ... I feel I have to comment on how Americans think we pronounce house. I know you hear hOOse (emphasis on the oo) ... but go back and listen again ... it's more like howSS (no "oo" sound at all but emphasis on the S sound instead of howZ -- emphasis on Z like American pronunciation).

    After my convoluted description (haha) tell me if you can hear what I mean, I'd love to know if you agree! :) P.S. (I'm a new lurker but love your blog so far!)

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    1. Anonymous Lurker,
      I have to be more careful with my negative comments about "Anonymous." Obviously not all "Anonymous" commenters are trolls who leave negative messages. My apologies.
      Like most Americans, I love Canada. I've only visited Canada once (in 1966 I think; took the Grand Tour of Toronto, Montreal, Quebec and Ottawa). I love the Canadian accent (and there is one "eh?") and now I have a wonderful friend in Pat from Toronto.
      Thank you for your generous and kind comments about my blog. I enjoy writing it and I'm glad some folks enjoy reading it. That's what it's all about.
      Have a great day!
      Ron

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  6. Ron,
    At one time I was able to move everything I owned in the trunk and back seat of my Chevy Cavalier. Now I'm afraid that a semi trailer is in order. Try as I may I can't seem to part with enough that it will make a difference. The only thing positive I can say about all of my "stuff" is that I have not added anything in the past year. The old saying "a place for everything and everything in it's place" applies to me. Everything I have is in my place, anywhere it can go. I am not by any means a hoarder, just have a lot of stuff that I really don't need anymore. I wish I could be more like Pat.
    Jack

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    1. Jack,
      I used to have everything I owned in a duffel bag and managed. Didn't seem to miss anything. Alas, over the years I have accumulated so much "stuff". Actually, I've given quite a bit of it away since we've moved to Delaware but I still have a long way to go. However, something things I will keep until I die. They give me comfort. Some thrift shop or more likely, a massive estate auction will take place and my "treasures" will find a renewed life. I am like you, I'm not one of those hoarders but I still have a lot of stuff that I don't need. I envy Pat and his discipline in keeping his "stuff" down. He's very happy with his way of life.
      Ron

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  7. Will Pat sell his house in Toronto when he moves to Delaware?

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    1. Nadege,
      Yes, Pat will sell his house in Toronto before he builds a new house in Delaware. However, he has several things he has to work out though. Sometime in the future we plan to visit LA together. Might be before Pat moves to Delaware. Pat likes LA and I've never been to LA. So maybe when we take out first big trip together it will be to the City of Angels. Of course we would arrange to meet you. Something to look forward to. Two angels (that would be me and Pat) visiting the City of Angels (he says tongue in cheek.)
      Ron

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    2. I would love to meet you both!

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    3. Nadege,
      That will probably happen. Pat does want to visit LA again, and I would like to visit for the first time…..and who better with than Pat. And we would both like to meet you.
      Ron

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  8. Wow, what a cool house! I have been seriously weeding through my extra "stuff" the past few months, this encourages me to really get back at that chore. I will never be a minimalist, but need to get rid of the excess. Can't wait to see his new house once he gets it built.

    Cindy from Sonoma

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    1. Cindy,
      Pat does have a very cool house! I admire him and his discipline but I could never go as far as he has. But like you, I can still get rid of a LOT of STUFF.
      Ron

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  9. I was very curious to see if Pat's abode 'matches his temperament' and lo! it does. Now I don't have to see it this August for you/he did a marvelous job in the photographs.
    Ron - does your house match your temperament?

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