The Activity Zone – Lower Level
The finished, ground-level downstairs is a continuation of the functionality of this home’s design. An amalgamation of utility and living space, it is equipped for full-on family living and entertaining. At the bottom of the staircase, just off to the right, is an open flex space with refreshment bar that includes a fridge and sink and sleek, cabinetry for ample storage. Glass doors fold open to the outdoors to a patio creating a seamless flow between the indoors and outdoors. The room’s aggregate concrete floor is as stylish as it is functional, virtually indestructible and easy to clean.
Enclosed in between the staircase and the flex room is a three-piece bathroom that boasts a steam shower and bench seating.
The bamboo flooring continues through the main traffic areas of this level. Just around the corner from the flex space is the sunken mud room with access to the driveway. The mud room is fully equipped with bespoke bench, cubbies and hooks for all the outdoor gear to be tidily tucked away upon arrival home. For ease of access, the elevator opens right on to the mud room, and is situated between the door to the garage and the door to the driveway.
On the opposite side of the stairway is an open, spacious, high-ceilinged entertainment space that could be effortlessly transformed to nanny or guest quarters. Running along the end of the room is an inset, ambient light feature.
At the far end of this room is the access to the utility/electrical hub. This room represents the brains of the residence, housing the Nordic-High Efficiency heat pump for the eco-friendly, geothermal heating system, the HRV (heat recovery ventilation) system, two Bradford White water heaters, the Litetouch lighting system and the Omni Security and Automation System.
Just through from the mud room is a second laundry room directly accessible from the three-car garage, ensuring easy clean up after outdoor activities. The garage houses both the furnace and the Central Lux vacuum system.
Living amidst natural beauty: inside and out
Modernist design at its best produces a house that is sympathetic to its natural surroundings. This approach invites residents to experience those natural surroundings by creating fluid connections between indoor and outdoor spaces.
Whether it’s entertaining guests on the front deck taking in the gorgeous city and mountain views or relaxing over dinner with family on the walled-garden patio just outside the kitchen, it’s an effortless transition between the interior and exterior. The granite wall that extends from the front of the house through to the backyard visually unifies the interior and exterior making the outdoors an actual extension of the house.
Outdoor spaces have been innovatively incorporated on every level of the residence, both in the front and back. By ensuring that some of them are shielded from the elements — the master bedroom balcony and the patio off the kitchen — the seasonal use of those spaces is extended far beyond sunny summer days.