When the owners of this beach-level home first approached us, we viewed the existing 1950’s mansard-capped cottage from the private road above. With a four storey elevation difference, and a series of overgrown stairs and retaining walls that no longer held back the bluff, this property was a multi-level canvas ready for change. We worked closely with the clients and local designer, Sarah Gallop Design, to create a new spacious family home that met the structural demands of the landscape without sacrificing everyday comfort, inside and out.
The four-storey elevator shaft combined with the tiered landscaping and embankment walls each play an integral role in retaining the steep site drop.
At the front entrance, the foyer allows views of the open plan main floor including the floating staircase design. Glass railings paired with the floating treads keeps sight lines open and fits with the home’s airy feel.
The kitchen’s T-shaped island maximizes storage in this minimal design while adding casual seating and design flair. Concealed appliances and hidden pantry behind meticulous millwork maintains the home’s sleek design.
Sliding glass doors and glazing across the entire room maximizes water views and floods the main floor in natural light.
The two-storey natural stone fireplace is the focal point of the living area and echos the stone columns at the entry.
The upper floor bridge connects the bedrooms to the in-house gym as it passes over the foyer.
Situated between two stone columns, this view from the stair landing demonstrates how the bridge cuts through the main entry area and great room, while the clear glass railing allows light to stream through and keeps attention directed towards the home’s view and finishes.
The upper floor bridge is surrounded by the interior’s natural materials that add warmth to this modern home, including the hemlock ceilings that run from the front to the back.
As you step out of the road-level garage, the walkway leads to the elevator and set of Basalt stairs that descend down the bank to the home below.