“To feel the power of the environment”. With each design decision, the homeowners revisited this objective. They wanted to experience the beauty and serenity of their heavily-wooded, 1.4 acre property from each corner of their living space. They wanted a barrier-free environment; figuratively in terms of the intensity of the indoor-outdoor connection, and literally in terms of aging in place and accessible design. They wanted a midcentury modern design that was custom, contemporary and respectful of the mature landscape.
This home was titled ‘The Last House’ to reflect the importance of the design. After several custom builds over the past 30 years, this house was designed to be the homeowners’ final home. This approach affected many of the functional decisions, including the bungalow layout, the elevator, and the installation of solar panels; as well as many of the design adventures they chose to embark on, including the green wall, the modern wood burning fireplace, the pool/spa combination that runs 12 months a year and the 5-car garage that doesn’t overpower or detract from the beautiful, modern facade.
Winner of Luxury Residence Canada at the design et al 2019 International Design & Architecture Awards.
Interior Design: David Small Designs
Construction: Profile Custom Homes
Windows: Kolbe Gallery
Photography: Jason Hartog Photography