Eagle Harbour British Columbia

A long, sloping treed lot with a mature stand of Hemlock, Fir and Cedar is the setting for this simple gable roofed home. Driven by the need to create the maximum southern sun exposure in this shady area of West Vancouver, the house’s peaked roof is partially exempt from height calculations allowing it to sit higher on its site than would otherwise be permitted.

A flat yard is created by backfilling against the foundations on the southern side, balancing cut and fill and minimizing earth removal from the site. To the north, the native ground cover and tree understory is permitted to remain intact, minimizing site maintenance and intrusion into the natural forest.

The exterior is composed of vertical cedar planks, which promote drainage and prevent streaking from rain and debris. The roof is charcoal standing seam metal, and detailing and balustrades are raw aluminum grating. Windows and doors are painted wood for thermal performance.