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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Home beautiful!

Compiled by Team IAnD
Photography: Maciek Linowski; courtesy v2com
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Resting on a rolling field, Ar. Trevor McIvor designs this modern rural country home outside Toronto taking inspiration from the stone walls that are used to separate farmer’s fields…

Cantilevered over a vast landscape and grounded in the earth, the Stouffville residence is a spacious property, with a sustained focus on the view of its scenic surrounds.

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The stone entry wall, low and private, hints at the program through a series of translucent glass boxes punching through the otherwise monolithic wall. This wall acts as a key organizational element anchoring a series of glass volumes that open up to the south of the building overlooking the property and offering commanding views of the landscape. 

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The orientation of the project intends to minimize the building’s impact on the area while maximizing site lines and access to natural daylight. The roof seemingly floats above the stone entry wall suggesting a more gestural and dynamic roof on the dwelling’s other face.

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Two main programmatic bars make up the residence. The more public spaces make up the heart of the house, and the more private areas branch off to the sides. The main axis includes the kitchen/living/dining rooms, with the outdoor wooden terrace serving as a continuation of the living space. A practical 'service' box adjacent to the main entry houses the mudroom and pantry, helping to maintain a minimal lifestyle. The dwelling encompasses an ensuite master bedroom on the main level, as well as two bedrooms on the lower level.  

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Material finishes include, but are not limited to: local granite, Canadian cedar, polished concrete, glass, and mahogany. Radiant in-floor heating is provided by a trenched geothermal loop, providing for a comfortable, all-year-round temperature as well as the added benefit of sustainability features.

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Fact File:
Architect Firm: Trevor McIvor Architect Inc
Lead Architect: Trevor McIvor
Location: Stouffville, Toronto GTA, Ontario
Site area: 40,454 sq. m. 
Project Area: 465 sq. m. (5,000 sq. ft.)


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