Who wouldn't love the idea of retiring in a natural light-filled home in the forest, with as much space as you could possibly need for living and indulging your passions? Trevor McIvor Architect Inc. has created exactly this in a rural area near Whitby, Ontario, for a client who is a vintage car collector.
Petaluma House is a split-level, open plan contemporary dwelling with clean lines and an elegant composition. A double-height glazed atrium filled with bamboo trees at the entrance brings natural daylight into the lower level entertainment and recreation rooms. An elegant, open-riser concrete and steel stair accentuates this space, nestled between the tall vegetation and an indoor waterfall.
Keeping age in mind, a pneumatic see-through elevator shaft was integrated into the design, connecting all levels and adding an industrial touch.
The interior features finished concrete floors throughout with radiant-in-floor heating and cooling. The house has ample daylight and provides a comfortable atmosphere with natural ventilation.
The main living space encompasses an open kitchen, with a dining room, and a screened porch which has the ability to merge with the interior or the outside of the dwelling. The slightly lowered living room is fully glazed and is connected with an ipe wood balcony.
Photo credit: Adrian Ozimek