• : Modern Home
  • Awards: 2015 VIBE - Project of the Year

This award-winning custom home close to Rithet’s Bog is built on a sloped site surrounded by deciduous and coniferous trees.

Designed by D’Ambrosio Architecture, this project was Tanya and Carl Munro’s first experience building a custom home. The couple worked closely with Horizon, renting a nearby home so they could be on site each day to watch and consult with the staff. Enveloped by protected oak trees and built as a series of terraced boxes on a granite slope, the project had many challenges to work through. The results, however, speak for themselves. Winner of multiple building and design awards, the home still generates interest because of its stunningly timeless exterior and minimalist interior.

Our project manager is contemplative. He thinks things through, comes up with choices, alternatives. And the Horizon team he works with is always available to answer questions. They are pretty good about resolving issues so that the thing you were concerned with five minutes ago isn’t a concern once you talk to them.

Carl Munro

In addition to resolving building challenges, Horizon’s experience with green building also proved to be an advantage. “Our project manager suggested an air to water heat pump system,” says Carl. “The total Hydro bill for heat, light and electricity is only $2500 a year. We got an Energuide rating of 82, which was a major feat for a 3,100 square-foot home with a flat roof and lots of glass.”

For all its beauty on the outside, the home is equally impressive on the inside, says Carl. “The awards this home has received are testament to the superior craftsmanship and attention to detail that you just don’t see in most homes.”

The floors are a beautiful clear white oak. The staircase was matched by a local craftsman who specializes just in building staircases. The fireplace is a combination of varnished steel and travertine ledge stone, skillfully matched by a local artisan to the architect’s specification. The doors and windows and exposed beams are made from locally sourced wood. In the end, this was a one of kind custom home in an extraordinary setting.