There is nothing barn like about this farm house

There is nothing barn like about this farm house. Resting on a rolling field, this modern rural country home outside Toronto, a project by Trevor McIvor Architect, was inspired by the stone walls that were used to separate farmer’s fields.

Well grounded

Stouffville Residence which spans over 465 square meters, is grounded in the earth while being cantilevered over a vast landscape. The stone entry wall, low and private, hints program through a series of translucent glass boxes punching through the otherwise monolithic wall. This wall acts as a key organizational element anchoring a series of glass volumes that open up to the south of the building overlooking the property and offering commanding views of the landscape. The orientation of the project intends to minimize the building’s impact on the area while maximizing site lines and access to natural daylight. The roof seemingly floats above the stone entry wall suggesting a more gestural and dynamic roof on the dwelling’s other face.

Two main programmatic bars make up Stouffville Residence. The more public spaces make up the heart of the house, and the more private areas branch off to the sides. Just inside the front door, a wide center hall entrance gallery with stairs leading up to the second floor greets guests.

Upstairs is the kitchen, living and dining areas with a large deck, a master bedroom, dressing room with ensuite bathroom, a deck and service area with pantry, plus a garage. The lower level contains a sitting area, two guest bedrooms, shared bathroom, gym and steam room. A massive open staircase connects the two levels. Stouffville Residence is spacious, yet proportional, always focusing on the view out onto its’ surroundings.

Material finishes include, but are not limited to: local granite, Canadian cedar, polished concrete, glass, and mahogany. Radiant in-floor heating is provided by a trenched geothermal loop, providing for a comfortable, all-year-round temperature as well as the added benefit of sustainability features.

Photography by Maciek Linowski

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