“In this design, I am most proud of what is not noticed — the fact that this very special structure and the natural landscape are one. If they appeared different or out of step we would not have succeeded.” – Gary van Eijk, Uncommon Ground
A consistent theme throughout David’s House is the “seamless transition”. From each room to each floor, there is a natural flow to the house. The transition from indoors to outdoors needed to uphold this theme. David designed the house to be of the land, not simply sitting on top of it. The cabana and fence were designed with the same materials (natural stone, Douglas Fir tongue and grove) used on the exterior and interior of the home.
Gary designed the softscape with 2 goals in mind: to be in keeping with the neighbourhood and surrounding environment, and to create height and coverage that ensured privacy. Over 1350 plants, shrubs and trees were planted, consisting of junipers, poplar trees and white pines. The plant selection was inspired by the vegetation that surrounds David’s cottage in French River.