The Milford Off-Grid House sits lightly in the rural beauty of Prince Edward Country, at one with the surrounding pastures and woodlands.
This is the weekend retreat of a professional couple from Toronto. They relish their fast-paced life in the city – where compact quarters suit their lifestyle – but dreamed of a spacious countryside refuge to which they could welcome their blended family and many friends, and completely unplug from urban living.
The house offers a sophisticated take on agricultural vernacular. Outside, the design is reminiscent of two long, low barns set perpendicular to one another, and the cladding is corrugated steel. A contemporary colour palette of pewter and black allows the landscape to take center stage. Inside, the openness of the design allows for fluid configuration of space, welcoming different combinations of family and guests from one weekend to the next.
Aging in place (i.e., being able to continue living in the house well into old age) was a key requirement for this couple. With its single storey design, smooth transitions, passive solar gains, high energy efficiency, and off-grid energy independence, the house meets this increasingly popular objective.