Yet the by Setless Architecture nestled on the intersection of Tew’s Falls and Webster’s Falls on the Bruce Trail manages to find this delicate balance between a house that respects the landscape around it while ushering in contemporary comfort and aesthetics.
Adaptive reuse of old structures and modern renovation of tired and dreary old homes are not only cost-effective options that reduce housing costs they also help the planet by maximizing resources and reducing waste.
The key: turning to a semi-buried structure. The exceptional residence designed by OYO Architects has an open plan living area on the top level that sits just above ground while the private spaces are nestled underneath.
A large two-level building in the rear houses the bedrooms and other private spaces with a unique structure of moving wooden panels giving it an inimitable and distinct identity. A neutral color scheme and contemporary décor complete a home that is both innovative and inviting.
A home in ecological paradise does sound like an enticing option that offers a rare window into the amazing sights and sounds of the natural world. But building a home on the edge of Niagara escarpment – a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve – is not the easiest of tasks because of the many restrictions that come with such a sensitive site rich in flora and fauna.