Built-in a forest on the edge of a nature reserve, a country house for couples offers privacy, relaxation from the bustle of the city, and unity with nature in a modern style. Coming here, clients can slow down the pace of life and feel serenity.
Two materials define the exterior – cedar (both untreated and charred) and obsidian lap siding. While a black house in other contexts might be defined by its bold distinctiveness, here it serves as a quiet background to the lush mix of maple, oak, cedar, aspen, and ash trees that envelope the site.
A keen appreciation of the ecology of the site and minimizing the house’s impact on it guided the project. The structure was strategically positioned to stand clear of any mature trees.
The charred treatment of the cedar on the house’s exterior will minimize maintenance and extend the longevity of the material. Rot resident cement board lap siding was selected with similar reasoning.