INSPIRATION & STYLE Looking to the Land
In continuing the discussion about where ideas come from for home design, we cant go too far without Looking to the Land for inspiration. The landscape, the propertys orientation and its exposure to the elements should always be determining factors in decisions related to the design of a home. Some of these factors include where the sun rises and sets, the direction of prevailing winds and the proximity of existing trees to provide shelter. Designing a custom home on an acreage is like an artists empty canvas ready for the inspiration of shape, form, colour and texture. Gerald & Judys home featured here was just that. Set on the highest part of the land for views, the intention was to hug the landscape using lower sloped rooflines and a series of pods. Orienting the main living areas and the lower walk-out to face south means most of the house is filled with natural light all day and year round. The garage wing protects the front entry & service entry from prevailing westerly winds. The angle of the Outdoor Living Area and its Lumon retractable glass panels provides a cozy retreat - in fact, with our cool summer, the glass panels were only opened twice. The use of quarried stone, Douglas fir glulam timbers and a slate roof connects the home to the surrounding landscape.
BUILDING MATERIAL REVIEW Glulam Beams
Glulam Beams are more accurately known as glued-laminated timber. They are routinely used for their strength and ability to span long distances. Design options are limitless because of the shapes and forms that are possible with the beams; straight, arched or trussed. Glulam beams are manufactured in a factory by laminating multiple strips of wood. Commonly used species are Douglas Fir, Spruce-Pine, and Alaskan Yellow Cedar. Depending on whether they are used for interior or exterior applications, the glues employed in the laminations are modified. Manufactured using controlled atmospheric conditions; the timbers can also be stained or finished before installation in the field, reducing on-site costs. From a design perspective, exposing the structural form creates an organic aesthetic.
|You are receiving this newsletter because you are a client, former client, a builder, engineer, consultant or supplier with whom I work. Some of you are friends & family who have an interest in home design and building. In this 7th Issue of Seasonal, lets celebrate the start of autumn with its cool nights, crisp mornings, clear skies and collage of colours! Were visiting the rolling hills of King Township, where life On the Land takes on a fresh new meaning.
LIFE ~ On The Land!
When Judy & Gerald contacted me in 2010, they were looking for property in King Township. Out of three possible locations, all with very unique features, they settled on a beautiful 15 acre parcel with nice views, good soils and a gently sloping topography. With some visits to the site and meetings to establish a well-defined wish-list, the design process began. Gerald and Judys appreciation of the proportions of European farmhouses inspired the design. The spaces needed to function well for two people, yet be comfortable and spacious enough for entertaining and family visits. The master bedroom suite is on the main floor, the second floor space has 2 bedrooms and a bathroom. An elevator accesses all three levels.
Home Design Jane Cameron, Life Home Design www.lifehomedesign.com
HEARTY HARVEST SOUP
For cool fall days theres nothing better than the smell of soup simmering on the stove. This recipe is inspired by whats still growing in our garden and a few add-ons. It makes 16 cups.
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