Home em­braces its sur­round­ings

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en­ter­tain­ing, a washer and dryer un­der a gran­ite coun­ter­top, a fold-down iron­ing board and other prac­ti­cal pull­outs.

Lor­naGail also has a spa­cious dress­ing room, en­suite and bed­room stretch­ing across the width of the house, of­fer­ing light from both sides and flowthrough air.

“It feels so cosy here be­cause there are no dis­trac­tions,” said the pe­di­atric respite care nurse. “We love the seren­ity and un­bounded feel­ing.”

Fol­low­ing the con­ti­nen­tal style, both Lor­naGail and Michael have their own bed­rooms and dress­ing rooms or stud­ies at op­po­site ends of the L-shaped home, so they can have pri­vate time while stay­ing in­ti­mately con­nected.

“Women re­ally get this,” says Lor­naGail, whose bed­room glows with the colours of moon­light. They both like to rise early, do yoga and med­i­tate.

She didn’t place her bed against the wall in typ­i­cal fash­ion. In­stead, it di­vides the room into two, with the bed fac­ing the in­ner court­yard and af­ter­noon sun, while the other side faces the for­est and is her yoga area.

Few of the win­dows need cur­tains, but where nec­es­sary she has made them from In­dian saris. The white fab­ric bil­lows and drifts like clouds across the win­dows, and out­side the views re­sem­ble Tom Thom­son’s wild land­scapes.

The cou­ple en­joy trav­el­ling in In­dia, where they visit his­toric sites, study art, en­joy vil­lage life and re­lax in Ayurvedic clin­ics.

“Our goal was to cre­ate a house full of wood, light, healthy nat­u­ral build­ing ma­te­ri­als, that rested on the land as if it had al­ways been there,” says Michael.

Visit our web­site un­der the head­ing, ‘Rec Properties,’ for more pho­tos.

Pho­tos, De­bra Brash, Vic­to­ria Times Colonist

The home of Michael and Lor­naGail on Salt­spring Is­land, B.C.

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