A Traditional Georgian-Style Farmhouse in British Columbia


Traditional White Georgian-Style Farmhouse Exterior with Lush Landscape

This British Columbia-based traditional estate connects to its lush landscape.

Traditional White Entry with Basalt Stone Flooring

Basalt stone flooring, cut into squares and rectangles, connects the entry foyer with the exterior, where the stone is used in its natural geometric shape. The two custom-designed ceiling fixtures are from Lampworks in New York, and the decorative Ironware sconces are from John Rosselli & Associates.

Traditional White Family Room with Heirloom Painting

Custom moldings throughout the home create the feeling of an old-fashioned farmhouse. An heirloom painting hangs above the fireplace in the family room and adds to the romantic feel of the space. An Elizabeth Eakins rug peeks out from underneath the sofa.

Traditional White Hall Railings with Musical Cherub Statue

A musical cherub references both of the owners’ loves atop one of the balustrades.

Traditional Cream Master Bedroom with Wrought-Iron Chandelier

A wrought-iron chandelier and a bedside lamp add Gothic influence to the master bedroom.

Traditional Cream Master Bath with Freestanding Tub

Wainscoting clads an alcove in the master bath containing a tub from Victoria + Albert. The Waterworks tile flooring found here was inspired by the color and irregular shape of the basalt tile used in the foyer, solarium and terrace.

Traditional Cream Solarium with Crystal Chandelier

A crystal chandelier brings a touch of elegance to the solarium, which was designed as a retreat for homeowner Angela Kroeger. The fireplace is part of the same whitewashed brick massing used in the kitchen, and the fireplace screen features more of the ornate ironwork the owners love.

Traditional Cream Solarium with Carved Whitewashed Chair

Plants thrive in the light-filled solarium, which feels as if it was once an exterior room thanks to the basalt stone flooring that John James Toya and the architectural team continued inside from the exterior terraces; it was installed by Bomex Tile. A carved whitewashed chair from Chintz & Company in Vancouver lends a dainty touch.

Traditional Cream Back Terrace with Dining Area

The owners enjoy hosting family and friends for more formal dining on their back terrace, which overlooks the serene country scene. A table and chairs setting from the owners’ collection provides comfortable seating beneath lanterns from Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights.

Traditional Cream Dining Nook with Upholstered Chairs

In a dining nook just off the kitchen, a set of upholstered chairs and a wood table from the owners’ collection sit ready to host informal meals beneath a Visual Comfort & Co. chandelier from Circa Lighting. The solarium lies beyond this room.

Traditional White Kitchen with Delft Tile Backsplash

The kitchen’s lantern-style light fixtures by Visual Comfort & Co. are a nod to New Orleans design. Handmade delft tiles form a backsplash for the Wolf range and Viking hood, and a marble island countertop from Pacific Granite Manufacturing in British Columbia adds another artistic detail.

Traditional White Kitchen with Open Lounging Space

The family room and kitchen offer a comfortable, open lounging space where the owners can gather in the casual dining nook or on the barstools at the pewter bar top by L’Etainier Tourangeau. The custom sofa is from Classic Sofa (now part of Stone & Co. Designs).

At the end of a long winding drive in the countryside of Langley, British Columbia, a white Georgian-style farmhouse sits nestled into a forest of cedar and alder trees within sight of a nearby horse farm. The pastoral setting is a treasured oasis for owners Angela and Michael Kroeger; they relish spending family time at the house together after touring the world with Michael’s rock band, Nickelback. “This property has been in Angela’s family for years, and they wanted to create a home there that would be their family seat,” explains John James Toya, partner-in-charge at San Francisco-based Ike Kligerman Barkley, who designed the home’s architecture with the help of team members Stephanie Metz and Fatima Saqib.

Although the family is indeed often on the road, they return frequently and enjoy spending holidays and downtime with Angela’s parents, who live in the house year-round. “Everything the grandparents need or want is downstairs. When the family returns, they take over the whole second floor, and it becomes a bigger house,” Toya explains, noting that he created little getaways for each member of the family. Above the garage, there is a lofted music room where Michael enjoys jamming with his friends and bandmates. For Angela, an artist, there is a painting studio on the lower level and a solarium with a fireplace, lofted ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows. “She wanted a room where she could surround herself with plants and natural light,” Toya says. “She can go there to read and still see the kids playing.”

The solarium’s geometric basalt stone flooring has been carried in from the exterior, where Toya used it to ground the front entry as well as an outdoor dining area. “The solarium looks like it might have been an outdoor space at one point that had eventually been glazed in,” Toya explains. “They didn’t want something that just looked like a farmhouse. They really wanted it to feel like an old, storied home.”

To that end, the exterior was designed with traditional white siding, black shutters and a dark-colored roof. Cementitious board materials were used for the siding to achieve the wood clapboard look the owners desired while better withstanding the typical West Coast climate. “The owners wanted a house that wouldn’t keep needing to be repainted,” says builder Dick Reid, who helmed the construction with project manager Brad Johnson. “We had highly qualified finishing contractors to install the material, so the level of workmanship is spectacular.”

Above the front entrance, there is a balcony with a balustrade made of wrought iron, another material that Toya carried into the interior; iron details here and throughout speak to the owners’ admiration for Gothic ornamentation. “They wanted a melding of an American farmhouse with certain moments that felt like old New Orleans,” Toya explains, pointing to the iron sconces and ceiling fixtures that he incorporated throughout the home.

The Gothic sensibility plays a key role in the kitchen, where Toya bookmatched slabs of marble so that the veining resembles the wings of an angel—a fascination of Angela’s. “We found one configuration that created this sort of angelic form for the kitchen island countertop,” Toya notes. “It was a nice little surprise, and she loved it.”

Angela’s cherubic objets d’art find their way throughout the house, joining comfortable furnishings that the design team helped source or that were part of the owners’ collection. The overall feeling is light and romantic—ethereal even with a neutral palette that allows the architecture and countryside setting to steal the spotlight.

For the hard travelin’ owners, the home provides a peaceful escape from the throngs of screaming fans, a place to fish on the pond that the grandfather dug next to the house, or to ride their ATVs through the paths that he created in the nearby forests. Most of all, it’s a place for the entire family to reconnect and regroup. “The whole property is an extension of their interests and their family history,” Toya explains. “It’s a really happy place.”

— Tate Gunnerson