Deck made in heaven
The exterior of the second floor is enveloped in a sheath of copper tiles (leaves) that in a few years will turn a rich green due to oxidization with the air. At this point, the house will literally melt from view into the adjacent forest, mirroring its surroundings.
The second level, where the living quarters are located, features a 63-footlong terrace or deck, accessible by the floor-to-ceiling sliding glass panels that run the entire length of the front of the house.
It is a deck made in heaven, and as one stands on it absorbing the stunning panoramic views, one gets a feeling of floating among the canopy of the surrounding forest and clouds.
A geothermal heating system provides radiant floor heating and cooling and keeps the nearly 3,000-square-foot resi- dence toasty warm during cold weather and comfortable during summer heat waves.
This system is based on two 500-footdeep wells that draw the heat from the earth’s sub-layer that never freezes. It is backed up by a bi-energy propaneelectric system.
There is also a Finnish masonry, high combustion, wood-burning heater made of soapstone that makes the most efficient use of the wood it burns.
The large glass panels fronting the deck act as a solar heat collector, milking warmth from the sun. An electronically controlled awning covers the deck and shades the residence when summer temperatures peak.
“There is an ecological charter for the project and another that protects the shoreline of the 11-kilometre-long Bro- ment while still attaining all the luxuries of modern living in a custom-built house.”
The house sits on a 2.4-hectare lakefront lot with mountain and lake views and has 3,000 square feet of living space.
Some of the features include four bedrooms, a gourmet kitchen, terrace, radiant heating, laundry room, library, porcelain tile floors, high-end appliances, central vacuum system, intercom, electronic entry gate, ensuite bathroom, fireplace, hardwood floors and walk-in closets.
Massive Douglas fir beams were used to lend structural support and represent the branches of the tree, leading the eye outside to the sweeping view.
A view of the lake from the deck.