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.
The idyllic rear yard offers much more than amazing views and a soothing hangout as the refreshing pool expansive deck alfresco dining and barbecue area ensure that the homeowners spend more time outside than indoors. A lavish residence that epitomizes the glitz glamour and grandeur of life in this hip city it is the interior that plays second fiddle to the outdoor living zone.
The elevated position of the ski chalet not only ensures that those inside get the best possible views it also leaves enough space underneath for spring and winter run-off. A lovely bridge leads to the main level of this retreat which contains the open plan living space along with the kitchen and the dining area. With a 27-foot long bay window and window seat a ceiling clad in western red cedar and a cozy ambiance the interior seems as modern as it is inviting.
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 use of stainless steel clips was a masterstroke that helps the architects to use the cedar boards without having to worry about damage over time due to seasonal expansion and contraction of wood.
Modern suburban homes are often characterized by a distinct lack of space both on the inside and outside. With space being an absolute premium the idea of an expansive family home surrounded by a beautiful natural landscape is a hard one to achieve even if one manages to muster up the necessary economic resources.
A street façade and entry that matches the exceptional quality and silhouette of the house elevate its visual grandeur to a whole new level! But the pleasant surprises keep on coming as a state-of-the-art home automation system is used to control every single aspect of this Dutch delight.