King City House
King City, Ontario
Set among the charming pastoral landscape of King township, this renovation is the perfect marriage of home and garden. A 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 challenges, the homeowners needed to accommodate an active house full of guests, but also maintain a comfortable and cozy setting. Most importantly, they wanted a close visual and physical connection with the landscape.
In contrast to this dramatic view, the interiors are modest and the overall mood is calm, natural and low-key. The kitchen wing, originally designed for caterers, needed reconfiguration. The kitchen was relocated to directly face the great room, allowing for a new sunroom overlooking the pool. The opposite wing contains several guest bedrooms that are open and connected to each other, but also have a sense of privacy and separation.
As you enter the great room, you are immediately struck by the enchanting view achieved from framing the rolling hills and forest along the entire back wall.
The material palette of the house perfectly blends the softness of wood and the harshness 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 reaffirmed in the patios and pool area, tying the two areas together harmoniously.