Alta Lake

Name: Alta Lake Residence
Completed:  2012
Architectural Design:  RDC Fine Homes Inc.
Interior Design: Laura Henderson Interior Design


Exterior: Architectural character, curb appeal and integration of the project into its setting

  • Passive solar design optimized lake and water views
  • Home shaped and angled to fit very small triangular lot
  • Variance required for zero lot lines to fit small home on existing bench to reduce site costs and optimize mountain and water views and enhance winter solar gain
  • Single story street-view roof lines reduce massing
  • Windows strategically placed to capture lake and mountain views, reduce summer overheating

Interior: Creative and innovative use of space including architectural detail and form

  • Vaulted ceiling in living room adds sense of space and adds natural day lighting from clear story windows
  • North East facing artist studio takes advantage of early morning light and lake and mountain views
  • Vaulted garage ceiling allowed spacious mezzanine storage area
  • Roof overhangs vary to optimize day lighting, passive shading and add architectural detail

Functionality of floor plan

  • 2 story home took advantage of basement GFA exclusion to allow for design of 2 bedroom, office and art studio home with 1 bed room suite
  • Master bedroom and bath on main floor for future living in place
  • Alcove in office provides flex living sleeping area for 2 bunks for guests

Environmental considerations including energy efficiency

  • ICF and SIP structure constructed to under 1 ACH
  • High real R values promote energy efficiency, and occupant comfort
  • Low or zero VOC materials used throughout
  • Trees harvested on site used for siding
  • All lighting LED and CFL
  • HRV installed
  • Home rated at  Energuide 80
  • Energy star appliances
  • High efficiency wood burning fireplace as principal heating appliance
  • Cast iron tub from old home re enameled and reused
  • Original home carefully deconstructed, recycled and re purposed where possible.