Our clients had owned a bach on this waterfront site for decades, a two-storey concrete-block edifice that was warm in welcome but frigid in winter. They wanted to rebuild for generations to come, in a way that acknowledged the vernacular history.
A cluster of boatsheds became the conceptual catalyst for the shape of the dwelling. In contrast to the previous home, these are low-scale forms that better meld with the old-school context. Streetside, a trio of connected gable-roof structures are staggered to slide past each other. Abodo board-and-batten cladding with a driftwood-light stain segues into a silvery corrugate roof, blending into a colour-cohesive whole.
On this long rectangular site, there was limited frontage to the lake and neighbours up close on each side, so it was important to achieve a balance of transparency and privacy. An internal courtyard is sheltered from the wind but sliding battened shutters peel back for a view through the living zone across the public reserve to the shore where locals launch their boats with tractors straight off the beach.
Crazy paving in Paradise stone gives a nod to the mid-century, and wanders over the threshold into transitional indoor/outdoor courtyard that allows the family to gather in comfort around a wood-burner when the westerly blows.
Clerestories that peak up into the zigzag wave of the gables frame triangles of light, the hills across the lake and the tips of the trees.
In the kitchen, where white American oak flooring and plywood cabinetry softens the palette, the Tundra Grey natural stone island is like a tide-marked beach. Connection to the elements and to each other was equally important to the owners who consider themselves so fortunate to be able to enjoy this special spot. With three bedrooms and a bunkroom for good measure, we’re certain there’ll be no shortage of company.