Paris House is the culmination of an in-depth search for a place to call home during retirement. The owners are a retired couple from Toronto who wanted to live car-free in a small town, walking distance from all the things of daily life. Their search led them to this infill site in Paris, Ontario, perched atop a rise in the land only a five minute walk from the centre of town.
The lot is narrow and long, and slopes down from the back towards the street. The higher levels of this tall house offer beautiful views of the Grand River. The length of the lot is on the east-west axis, with the long side of the building facing south. The building footprint is placed as far north on the site as it could go, to allow for a spacious side yard that’s home to a bright, south-facing garden.
The couple wanted a home that feels current, and is comfortable, efficient and easy to maintain for the long term. They also wanted a home-centric type of living experience, with all their interests and pursuits accommodated on site, including metalwork, woodwork, music recording, exercise, and gardening. The design of the home needed to give space for these activities, all within the tight lot.