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  • Vines, climbing wires strung vertically between Ikea shelf brackets, wind their way up the west side of the house and turn red when the weather turns cold.
  • The window placement is a great example of where the house is quietly, subtly, subversively modern.
  • Outside a west-facing window is a Japanese-style pond of floating lilies, home to two Koi carp and three goldfish the family plans to relocate indoors for the winter.
  • At the top of the stairs, enormous pipe organ reeds from the 1880s, salvaged from the city’s iconic Wilmot United Church, dominate the wall.
  • A hallway library built of plywood and plumbing conduits holds the family’s huge collection of art books, comics, history, and fiction.
  • “It’s really started to feel like a home,” says Meghan Leroux, who moved her family into the house in 2014. “I love the openness of it, and the feeling of nature.”
  • The house is designed so you can live on one floor; after a serious car accident in 2006, John used a wheelchair. It took years of recovery before he was able to walk again.
  • The living room gallery wall features Jack Humphrey, Herzl Kashetsky, and Fred Ross, alongside a Thaddeus Holownia photograph, a Christopher Pratt print of a Sackville attic, a Molly Lamb Bobak study for stained-glass windows at the University of New Brunswick, a Glenn Priestley portrait of Meghan Leroux, and a Halifax sketch from John Leroux’s university days.
  • “We wanted to make sure every room was used by the family,” says Meghan. “We spend most of our time in the main room, but even in the front room where the kids hang out, it’s still connected.”
  • The polished concrete floor creates a neutral backdrop and allows the colours of the grass and trees outside the window to shine.
  • The house is designed so you can live on one floor; after a serious car accident in 2006, John used a wheelchair. It took years of recovery before he was able to walk again.
  • The kitchen area offers a range of seating opportunities.
  • John chats with his children Ana, 7, and Tait, 10, in the spacious kitchen.
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Gallery – Worth the wait

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More photos from our shoot at the home of Fredericton architect Jon LeRoux

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