Cabin in the Woods

Name: Cabin in the Wods
Completed:  2017
Interior Design: Open Space Architecture
Architectural Design:
 Open Space Architecture
Photography: Joern Rohde
Certifications: Energy Star


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

  • End of Cul-de-Sac home nestled into woods, rock for secluded cabin feel in urban setting
  • Moss covered rock protected during construction embraces outdoor living
  • Design/orientation captures amazing views of The Chief and Howe Sound,
  • Xeriscape drought tolerant indigenous water wise plantings
  • Passive solar design

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

  • Spacious open entry with lots of storage
  • Lower floor with multifunctional guest room, guest-bath, laundry, storage and mechanical rooms
  • Open riser steel and wood staircase with glass railing
  • Built in wall unit, touch latch storage
  • Vertical Hemlock feature walls in living room, kitchen, den and bedroom mimic exterior cladding
  • Floor to ceiling windows frame views, offer abundant natural light
  • Polished concrete floors throughout
  • Gourmet kitchen, touch latch swing and flip doors, ceiling height cabinets, ladder access; roll out shelves, spice drawer, tray racks, integrated refrigerator-freezer, dishwasher drawers, oven/micro combination, glass induction cooktop, double sided island and Calcutta marble tops
  • Ensuite with island tub with view, curbless shower, large vanity, under-mount sink
  • His/hers closets act as divider to bedroom

Environmental considerations including energy efficiency

  • Energy Star Certified EnerGuide 83
  • Under 1.2 ACH with HRV
  • Effective R30 SIP panels with 2X4 mechanical wall, R60 roof, R25 ICF foundation, R14 under slab
  • Air-tight wood fire place right sized to house
  • Winter utilities less than $100/month
  • Combi-boiler hot water/in floor heat
  • Passive solar design no AC load
  • Triple glazed windows U value under 1
  • Holmes Approved Homes Certification.
  • All waste was recycled where possible