The top level of the retreat is the real showstopper with its floating overhang that is composed of wood steel and glass. With floor-to-ceiling glass windows the living space contained within this exquisite ‘box’ promises breathtaking views of the landscape and the beautiful sunsets that light up the St. Lawrence estuary. Allowing for 360-degree views the glass windows constantly connect the rugged and green countryside with the modern interior even as the four centrally located bedrooms offer more privacy.
A series of features like the super insulated foundation and concrete flooring the smart triple-pane German windows a cutting-edge heat recovery system that functions at 88% efficiency and of course the solar panels that provide the home with sufficient power combine to deliver an effectively zero-energy home that still seems cozy modern and charming.
The new kitchen and bathroom sit as a transition between the living space and the main bedroom at the front and the dining space and additional bedroom in the rear of the house. Colorful mosaic tiles enliven the kitchen in white even as large original windows with double-glazed panels usher in plenty of light and give the interior freshness.
Designed by GO Logic passive solar gain was one of the main aspects of the structural design and this was done without impeding the flow of natural light throughout the residence. Offering unabated views of the Cousins River estuary and the pin forest around it a covered walkway links the main house with the garage.
Not only does the use of natural construction materials and locally sourced elements give the home a green sheen the use of passive solar heating and cooling techniques smart insulation and rainwater harvesting systems ensures that it is as planet-friendly as possible.