Private Beach House

Fort Erie, ON, CA
Year Completed
Building Type
New Build
5,000 sq. ft.

HHL Architects designed this seasonal home for a family of five, located on Thunder Bay Beach in Fort Erie, Ontario. The main house is complemented by a linked garage with guest quarters above. It sits on two acres of densely wooded land where nearby vintage cottages are prevalent. Materials used in the home are sustainable and indigenous, with the use of ledgestone, cedar siding, and Spanish cedar. Recyclable composite slate shingle roofing was installed, and the interior floors are made of black walnut, while limestone pavers complement the palette of natural materials.

The home required both private and public first floor spaces, with the public entry hall occupying the space between the two main buildings, connecting them 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 in the west side of the home. Second floor spaces consist of bedrooms and bathrooms with spectacular, unobstructed views of the lake framed by cottonwood trees.