Cape Brenton, Nova Scotia
This house is ground-up construction, conceived as a private retreat for a studio painter. The project is situated deep within 250 acres of natural, undeveloped landscape. Careful attention was paid to developing the land, taking cues from the existing conditions. A long, new driveway leads to the building site, ultimately chosen for its vista of the ocean. Built upon a radiant cast-in-place slab foundation, the building is equipped to combat severe northern winters. The building is an updated approach to the local typology. The simple gable form features large glass fenestration and modern detailing. Locally fabricated timber is used to create a truss roof that provides a cathedral interior with generous light for the living and studio spaces. An interior volume is set within the primary structure, providing privacy for a master bedroom and bathroom.