This updated 1970’s bungalow, located near Georgetown, Ontario, is perched on the edge of a ravine along Black Creek. Our clients, who wanted to start a new chapter of life just outside Toronto yet still within driving distance, were initially looking for a plot of land on which to build a new house. In the end, they built what was effectively a new building but on an existing foundation.
Built by Retreats Inc, the house now has quadruple the original insulation and air-tightness values, with upgraded heating, cooling, electrical and plumbing systems. The long back façade faces south, and new window and door openings take advantage of passive solar heating in winter and cross ventilation in summer. The mature mixed forest provides shade for the house during the summer, greatly reducing the cooling load. The exterior of the home now reflects a more vernacular style, and the interiors have been opened up and modernized.