Claremont Residence

Design Features


This home is sited on an amazing property that offered both the intimacy of a classic English landscape as well as expansive panoramic views over the rolling, rural fields towards Lake Ontario. The goal of the design was to embrace the immediate intimacy of the site while revealing through architecture, the extensive views offered from various vantage points within the home. The exposed heavy Douglas Fir timber structure hugs the landscape allowing large expanses of glass to bring the surroundings inside while providing dramatic moments when the endless view exposes itself.

The property is blessed with a spring fed man made pond that provided an excellent opportunity for a pond loop geothermal system. The system also included an add on cooling unit, however the clients had no need for it throughout their first summer. Proper solar orientation for both winter heat gain (exposed concrete floors for mass) and proper overhangs to reduce summer gains have proven effective. A three storey stair tower provides a perfect source for stack ventilation strategies while providing unlimited vistas towards Lake Ontario. A Tempcast masonry heater delivers additional radiant heat throughout the three stories.


  • Program and Spatial Optimization
  • Integration with the ‘Natural Assets’ of your Site and Terrain
  • Site Specific View and Vista Optimization
  • Passive Solar Heating
  • Natural Ventilation and Passive Cooling
  • Natural Daylighting
  • High Performance Envelope Design
  • Renewable Materials and Finishes
  • Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Non-toxic Materials and Finishes
  • Advanced Geothermal Systems
  • Advanced Wood Heating Systems (ie. Contraflow Masonry Heaters)
  • Radiant Heating
  • Heat Recovery Ventilation
  • Low Energy Lighting & Appliances
  • Water Conserving Appliances & Fixtures
  • Green Roof System

Altius Project Team Architecture

  • Cathy Garrido
  • Joseph El-Khoury
  • Trevor McIvor

Project Partners

  • Construction Management: Clemenson + Associates - Toronto
  • Heavy Timber: TimberSystems
  • Mechanical: Just Geothermal
  • Structural Engineering: Blackwell-Bowick Engineering - Toronto