Designing the Princess Margaret Lottery Showhome

Get a behind-the-scenes look at how Brian designs this incredible space


Site Selection

Each year, a site is selected in Oakville for the grand prize showhome. This year’s home was built on a spacious corner lot in a picturesque, tree-lined, and established neighbourhood.

Getting Inspired

After seeing the lot that the home will be built on, Brian will collect design inspiration for both the exteriors and interiors. This year’s home was initially inspired by a traditional 1920s estate that Brian spotted on a trip to Long Island. A small courtyard was created by setting back the middle of the house, with the main entrance just to the left.

As for the interiors, these were heavily inspired by classic French style, as well as an emphasis on bringing the outdoors in with plenty of natural light, beautiful sightlines to the gardens, and green accents.


Early Stages of Planning

Brian and his team draw out plans for the house working alongside the architect, Richard Wengle, and the construction management team, PCM. The size and positioning of the lot will have a major effect on the design. Since this year’s home was built on a corner lot, it was important to create a layout that made use of the abundant natural light, yet still allowed for adequate privacy. The ground floor plan seen below is just one example of the many floor plans and elevations used to guide the building of the home.


Site Visits

Once construction has begun, Brian and the team will visit the site regularly to make sure everything is going to plan or to make any necessary adjustments as things move forward. Here he inspects the two-story hallway – one of his favourite parts of this year’s showhome.



Sourcing Finishes

This year’s home was lucky to have some incredible donations including textured wallcoverings from Missoni, a beautiful range of paints from Benjamin Moore, and stunning man-made quartz finishes from Cosentino. Generous donations from suppliers in support of this charitable cause help to make the showhome truly spectacular.

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Furniture, Art, & Everything Else

Selecting furniture and art to go with each room’s finishes is an exciting part of the process. This year, the home featured velvet upholstery, brushed brass accents, sleek black lighting, wire-brushed oak furniture, and plenty of custom art. Light-up letters over the two-lane, ten-pin bowling alley on the lower level was a fun final touch.


Shooting the Home:

Once all the finishing touches are complete, the house will be photographed by the Gluckstein Design team, as well as by media to be featured in publications like House & Home – this year’s home is featured in their October issue! Brian will also film a few short videos for viewers to gain inspiration and insight into the design of the home.



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Showhome Launch Day:

Doors open for public viewings, where visitors will be able to purchase tickets for a chance to win the home, and more importantly support Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Each year, thousands of visitors tour through the home to gather design inspiration, purchase a ticket, or simply to envision for a few minutes what life might be like calling this showhome home.


For more information on the home, to plan your visit, or to download the 2018 source guide, click here.