This custom single-family detached home is situated on a 10-acre parcel of land, high above Okanagan Lake on the Naramata Benchlands. The home is set amongst vineyards and orchards, and sits adjacent to the Trans- Canada Trail and mountains to the east. This site is special for several reasons, as it allowed for a creative and sensitive orientation that took advantage of the vast skies, distant mountain views, surrounding vineyards, orchards, and sage.
The budget for this project was flexible, and in being so allowed for the design process to incorporate many features which pushed the boundaries of materials and form. Traditional design and aesthetic characteristics became the exception. A floating steel roof structure allowed for dramatic overhangs and roof profile. In addition, the primary roof structure that hovers over the home utilizes insulated panels that assist in shading the home and helping to maintain thermal efficiency. Insulated concrete forms were utilized to great effect to increase the energy efficiency of the resulting structure.
Sustainability was a contributing factor to the design. Interior finishes include locally-sourced plywood veneer paneling, locally-milled wood soffit material, a locally-manufactured wood entry door, bamboo millwork, and a polished concrete floor throughout that incorporates in-floor radiant heating. A geothermal heating and cooling system, laid laterally in terraces, contributes to the tempering of the interior spaces, while a large array of solar panels helps to collect energy and reduce the amount of hydro power consumed. In addition, a plug in station was included for the client’s electric car. Overall, the success of this project can be attributed to the client, who was open to exploring new forms and ideas.