The Out­back

Triple Bar Con­struc­tion treads lightly and beau­ti­fully in Tofino, where the rain­for­est still reigns supreme.

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Ahome that not only re­flects but evokes its set­ting, it of­fers a unique yet mod­est vi­sion of cus­tom de­sign with enor­mous ap­peal. In­ti­mately placed upon its treed lot, it treads lightly in Tofino where shared val­ues im­part a more nat­u­ral­ized view of hearth and home.

Build­ing the very best homes for some of the world’s most dis­cern­ing peo­ple on the west coast, Triple Bar Con­struc­tion sees the process from the client’s per­spec­tive. “They had camped in Tofino for years and were ready to build their va­ca­tion home,” re­calls Project Man­ager of Triple Bar Con­struc­tion, Brad John­son. “They knew what it meant to be­long to that com­mu­nity and with the help of Scott & Scott Ar­chi­tec­ture in Van­cou­ver, de­signed a very min­i­mal­ist home with an or­ganic feel that would blend well with its set­ting. We were care­ful to save many trees in the build, alot more than would be typ­i­cally spared dur­ing con­struc­tion.”

The style of the home com­ple­ments the prop­erty and was de­signed to fade into the forest. “It blends right into the trees and was in­tended to func­tion as a beach house where once you re­turn from surf­ing, you can en­joy the out­door shower and nes­tle right into the cov­ered breeze­way with its wood-burn­ing fire­place,” shares John­son.

A two-story home with a sep­a­rate in­de­pen­dent suite, the half-acre lot is se­cluded and em­braces its own in­ti­macy with na­ture. An ex­ten­sive stairway was also built above the rain forest, lead­ing to a hot tub with sit­ting ar­eas. “The lot is 300 feet deep and the back 200 feet is a con­ser­va­tion area,” shares the home­owner. “We could not build a per­ma­nent struc­ture, but we could con­struct walk­ways and plat­forms through­out for low-im­pact liv­ing that would still make the back­yard us­able and fun,” he adds of a home that could be best ex­pe­ri­enced from the out­side.

Work­ing with the ar­chi­tect, the home­own­ers ap­pre­ci­ated their use of com­mon ma­te­ri­als to cre­ate an hon­est aes­thetic. “While others rely on ex­pen­sive fin­ishes, I per­son­ally pre­fer a de­sign that does a lot with a lit­tle, which worked well within our bud­get,” ad­mits the home­owner, who rec­og­nized Triple Bar Con­struc­tion for their body of work in Tofino and their ex­cel­lent rep­u­ta­tion as a builder of merit.

Na­tional award win­ners for Best Cus­tom Home in 2009, 2011, and 2012, Triple Bar’s ex­ten­sive con­struc­tion ex­pe­ri­ence, strong and clear com­mu­ni­ca­tions, and level of pro­fes­sion­al­ism have been the hall­marks of their suc­cess in cre­at­ing some of the most ex­cep­tional homes to grace the shores of Van­cou­ver and the Gulf Is­lands.

Care­fully fol­low­ing the de­sign that dis­plays un­treated ply­wood walls and ceil­ings with un­abashed flair, Brad John­son notes that the home was com­pleted ahead of sched­ule. “The clients knew what they wanted and stuck to their vi­sion, which made for a smooth build that all could en­joy,” adds John­son who be­gan his ca­reer in the in­dus­try in 1982. “This house is one of the most pleas­ing to the com­mu­nity with limited dis­rup­tion to the en­vi­ron­ment and its low pro­file façade. I like the cov­ered breeze­way as it of­fers a really nice refuge where one can be out­doors and still stay dry as it rains a lot in Tofino.”

“The en­tire ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing with Triple Bar Con­struc­tion was amaz­ing as they knew where to in­vest our cap­i­tal and where to save it,” com­mends the home­owner. “It was a dream team with our ar­chi­tect and it was all smooth sail­ing.”


A de­light­ful de­sign of ply­wood cab­i­nets with leather drawer pulls de­fines the kitchen. A match­ing is­land with cook­top and break­fast bar seat­ing rests be­neath a cus­tom stain­less steel, ceil­ing-mounted hood fan. Views into the cov­ered breeze­way re­veal wood-burn­ing warmth sur­faced in board form con­crete.

An invit­ing cedar shin­gle- clad exterior hosts stained char­coal aluminum strip ac­cents that frames the por­tico and ex­tends across to the rear of the home. Solid fir front en­try doors to the suite and main en­try add com­ple­men­tary ap­peal.

A board form con­crete wall cou­ples with ply­wood wall and ceil­ing treat­ments with ca­sual in­tent. Fir hard­woods an­chor floors in the master bedroom that lead to a tiled en­suite with a vin­tage style claw­foot bath.

Cedar stairs, decks, and walk­ways ex­tend deep into the back­yard, hov­er­ing above the veg­e­ta­tion with thought­ful in­tegrity.

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