The design considers natural light, sunlight, solar shading, natural ventilation, views, surface water collection, and economy.
The hillside home faces south towards a pastoral Ontario countryside view. The roofline follows the slope of the hill, minimizing heat gain from the south and opening up to the forested hillside on the north. The south deck is located to the side, so that the view from inside is unobstructed and allowing sunlight into the lower level. Below the deck is a screened porch for those muggy, buggy summer evenings. A long narrow deck on the entry side recalls the welcoming covered porch of vernacular Ontario rural and town homes.
Designed for a middle-aged couple with married children and expecting lots of grandchildren, the upper floor includes the principle room functions as well as the master bedroom, while the lower floor functions as guest accommodation.
Although unnecessary now, long-term livability was an important consideration. The upper entry level is designed to be barrier-free, with level access from the garage into the entry, wide doorways, and an accessible ensuite.