Inside the living area is split into two half-levels with one containing the Scandinavian-style living area and the other filled with a modern kitchen and dining room with a view.
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.
Designed by Johnsen Schmaling Architects the dark exterior of the house has a distinct contemporary vibe and yet allows it to disappear into the densely forested backdrop as the day wears on.
Designed by Esquadra|Yi the expansive home has a breezy casual ambiance with the single-level front building holding the living areas and other service spaces. This open and elegant living space opens up towards the pool deck thanks to large sliding glass doors creating a flowing interaction between the interior and the courtyard.
Bedrooms on the top level seem equally enticing with the prospect of taking in the magical sunrise and sunsets thanks to the glass walls that surround them. With the simple use of drapes the homeowners can switch between complete privacy and inspirational views even as they enjoy the many comforts that surround them – A perfect Miami getaway in every sense of the word!
Add to this the distinct presence of wide cedar board siding that is literally ‘stapled on’ using custom stainless steel clips and you have a home that does everything it can to ensure that the open living area is detached from the constant hustle and bustle outdoors.
The open living space on the lower level also houses a smart dining area and a contemporary kitchen with cabinets and a central island in white. Despite the obvious lack of color indoors it is the garden and woodlands outside that make up for this shortage as they become a visual part of the interior.