The Canel Family’s Modern Backyard Guest House
We first met the Canel family when their home was a stop on the 2014 Del Ray House and Garden Tour. Their handsome farmhouse, completely renovated with personal touches throughout, was a standout on the tour. But the Canels had more in mind for their home. If you were lucky enough to participate in the 2016 tour, you got to see the unexpected structure in the backyard.
Just this past year, the Canels finished building a modern guest house/office/garage, the work of architect Robert Larson of Larson, Koenig, Hendricks and interior designer Lindsay Boudreaux of Shotgun Double, LLC. The style is completely different from the main house, but it’s complementary and we were thrilled to get a second private tour.
The Canels love to throw big parties – they often set up another long table on the patio – so it’s great when they can use their outdoor kitchen, which also now serves as a convenient spot for kids to fill their Nerf spray guns.
The main living room is bathed in light from large windows and skylights. It serves during the day as a quiet office space and in the evening as a screening room and general hang-out space. The sofa is a queen-sized pull-out.
Overnight guests can make use of their own kitchen, and the bathroom is just as bright and modern, with portholes that allow natural light to fill the room.
Around the side of the home, the Canels are creating a hosta and fern garden.
The paving stones come alongside the front of the guest house where you can also see the clever sliding panel for the side garage and storage space.
What a lovely addition to an already stylish Del Ray home! We hope to be back for a full tour of the main home, as well as their art collection featuring local Alexandrian artists.