King City House
King City, Ontario, Canada
Set amongst the beautiful pastoral landscape of King Township, this renovation is the perfect marriage of home and garden. Contemporary design blended with naturalized landscaping gives the homeowner the benefit of both a modern and rural experience.
The original faux-Roman Villa was quite different from the modern hilltop retreat existing today; it was an elaborately decorated circa-1980 house with quirky aesthetics, a problematic layout, no relationship to the view, and numerous structural issues.
In addition to overcoming these pitfalls, the homeowners needed to be able to accommodate a bustling house full of guests, but also to maintain a comfortable and cosy feeling. Most importantly, they wanted a close visual and physical connection with the landscape.
In contrast to this dramatic view, the interiors are simple, and the overall feeling is calm, natural, and low-key. The kitchen wing, originally designed for caterers, was in need of reconfiguration. The kitchen itself was relocated to directly face the great room, allowing for a new sunroom overlooking the pool. The opposite wing contains several guest bedrooms; they feel open and connected to each other, but also have a sense of privacy and separation.
This was achieved by framing the surrounding rolling hills and forrest by the entire back wall of the great room. As one enters, they are immediately struck by the view, focused on the pond in summer, and on glorious colours in autumn.
The material palette of the house blends the softness of wood and the hardness of concrete. The original terracotta stucco was replaced with horizontal fir siding, stained dark blue in some areas and left its natural tan colour in others. Outside, an infinity pool and concrete patios for lounging and dining are divided by gardens. This wood cladding is echoed in the patios and pool area, tying the two areas together harmoniously.