HHL Architects designed this fully equipped, seasonal home for a young family of five, located on the serene, northeast shore of Lake Erie on Thunder Bay Beach in Fort Erie, Ontario. The main house is complemented by a linked garage with guest quarters above. It sits on 2.4 acres of densely wooded land where nearby vintage cottages are prevalent.
The program required both private and public first floor zones within the house. The public Entry Hall occupies the void between the two main building forms physically and visually connecting to the beach beyond. The open plan, with kitchen, dining, and living rooms all centrally located, has large openings with folding glass doors that extend the living areas out to the terraces. Private spaces for the guest bedroom and media room are located in the west wing. Second floor spaces consist of bedrooms and bathrooms with spectacular, unobstructed views of the lake framed by age-old cottonwood trees.
Materials are both sustainable and indigenous to the context with the use of ledgestone, cedar siding, and Spanish cedar entrance ways. Recyclable composite slate shingle roofing was installed. Interior floors of black walnut, with limestone interior and exterior pavers complement the palette of natural materials.