Zen

Custom west Coast Contemporary Home Design

In its untouched state, this property was a castle of rock grown thick with brush, its moat a natural bog. An unlikely place to build a home at first glance, the site sparked the imagination of our client and luckily we were engaged to design a retreat-like, West Coast contemporary dwelling that would fit naturally into the rugged hilltop landscape.

On approach, the house is both grand and naturally at home in the forest setting, with the main living spaces flawlessly centred around the garden and koi pond, with walls of glass for unity with the outdoors.

Inside, is a solid 22-foot fir hearth for the stone fireplace and a custom-built, solid slab dining table that grounds the soaring 18-foot ceilings. The interior space embraces minimalism in the all-white kitchen, with flat-panel cabinets and adding silver elm to shelving and a range hood for warmth that complements the oak floors.

The 2,535 square foot, three-bedroom plan soars to clerestory windows that flood westward light into the main living area and gym. The roofs continually plane upward to create higher and higher ceiling heights, with the master bedroom located on the west side of the house for privacy, with additional bedrooms on the east side of the main living areas. To add to the home’s tranquility, an ensuite bath in soft white and grey contains a walk-in shower and a freestanding tub overlooking the forest.

Together, the architecture and landscape form a symbiotic connection that illustrates how carefully considered design can transform an otherwise uninhabitable site into an idyllic place to call home.