A blank canvas upon which to develop the perfect lakefront home sounds like a designer’s dream. However, it becomes less a dream and more a puzzle when that canvas is a 40-by-20-by-45 foot triangular lot, and one side has restrictions because it is shoreline on Stoney Lake in southern Ontario.
Adding to the conundrum, the home was to be a prize in The Princess Margaret Welcome Home Sweepstakes, so everyone was a potential owner.See more What Designers Wished You Knew Before Building
Craig McFarlane of Linwood Custom Homes
sought to solve that puzzle through a tiny 740-square-foot footprint, which gradually decreases in width from 13 to 9 feet. His goal was to minimize impact on the lot while maximizing views to attract a broad range of clients.
Set within an inch of the township’s waterfront
setbacks, the post-and-beam cabin is essentially a set of different-sized squares stacked together to create an open, passive-solar-oriented plan that captures solar gain through the skylight in the upper-level bathroom
. The two-story design
is a departure from the preferred one-and-a-half-story layout that would allow you to view the woodwork overhead. A two-story design enables the house to live more comfortably, with the extra square footage accommodating a bonus bedroom
and bath. The narrow footprint provides additional vistas of the lake. “You can basically see through the whole house,” McFarlane explains. “The windows let the natural outdoor environment come right into the house, which gives it a bigger feel.” See more 5 Hot Trends in Wood Floors
Also appealing is the home’s consideration of the environment — namely its adherence to Canada’s Energy Star guidelines (comparable to those in the U.S.) and inclusion of energy-efficient construction
materials, an Ecoflo septic system, green finishing
touches and a low-maintenance landscape. Linwood Interiors staged the rooms using hand-made solid-wood furniture and vintage-inspired accents to create a loosely coastal theme and a welcoming atmosphere for the very lucky owners.
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The home is built upon high-end insulated concrete forms that were formed to the granite rock below and pinned to the rebar to create an energy-efficient foundation. The rocks were sealed to prevent moisture from seeping into the lower-level crawl space and basement areas.