Constructing on slopes can strike fear into the hearts of many architects, but this place in Canada’s Stoney Lake area in Ontario proves amazing things can happen with a little imagination.
The 290sqm two-storey holiday home, completed by Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster in October 2017, nestles into its environment to take in the epic lake views and surrounding woodlands.
Two volumes appear stacked on top of each other in this unique build. The flat lower level, which includes the bedrooms and sleeping areas, is tucked in perpendicular-form underneath the soaring rooftops of the upper living space.
Accessibility was a key factor in the build. The architectural duo responded to their client’s need to welcome guests with disabilities, as well as their desire to continue to enjoy the house as they aged.
The main living area houses a study and bedroom on the same level as the kitchen, dining and outside entertaining, which connects seamlessly to the home’s incredible natural surrounds.
An industrial-chic touch has been applied to the structural elements by the way of polished, concrete flooring and exposed beams, while fun pops of colour are applied liberally to each space against a canvas of bright whites.
Huge windows in the roof, skylights and ample use of glass inside ensures natural light reaches each space.
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As it’s considered to be primarily a holiday home, the abode is designed to be low-maintenance.
Long-wearing materials have been used for all outdoor spaces to protect the exterior from the elements, while the interior is lined with formaldehyde-free plywood.
Fun elements are placed throughout the home – from scattered colourful coat hooks to a custom undercroft swing bench – to make sure each time the family comes to stay, it’s sheer joy and relaxation.