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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Cocooned by nature!

Compiled by Team IAnD
Photography: Adrian Ozimek; courtesy v2com
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Ar. Trevor McIvor uses clean lines, a multi-tiered flat roof and an elegant composition to chisel this home as a stand-out dwelling in a rural subdivision near the seaside town of Whitby, in northern England…

Petaluma House, as it is christened is a split-level, open-plan contemporary home located in a neighbourhood of traditional custom homes. Designed for a retired professional, both function and flexibility of space play a large role in the layout of spaces.

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A double-height glazed atrium filled with bamboo trees at the entrance brings natural daylight into the lower level entertainment and recreation rooms, while an elegant, open-riser concrete and steel stair accentuates this space, nestled between the tall vegetation and an indoor waterfall.

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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 exterior of the dwelling. The slightly lowered living room is fully glazed and is connected with a cantilevered balcony. Elements of whitewashed Douglas Fir cedars and soffits, mahogany, concrete and glass appear throughout the house, providing a natural, yet timeless palette.

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The client, a vintage car collector needed a room to store his gems in an integrated, and fully glazed attached car garage, which looks out onto the surrounding ravine.

Petaluma House 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. 

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The master ensuite, a spa-like nook is located within the master bedroom; a modern approach with a very open, yet natural feeling.

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Keeping age in mind, a pneumatic see-through elevator shaft is integrated into the design, connecting all levels and adding an industrial touch.


Fact File:
Builder: Ortolan Building Design Ltd
Architect Firm: Trevor McIvor Architect Inc
Lead Architect: Trevor McIvor
Structural Engineer: Blackwell Structural Engineers
Project designer: Steve Choe
Interior designer: Dorota Jackowski
Site area: 4,550 m2
Project Area: 5,000sf (460m2)
Location: Whitby, Toronto GTA, Ontario

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