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Split-Level House Featuring an Elegant Composition: Petaluma Residence

Split-Level House Featuring an Elegant Composition Petaluma Residence

Project: Split-Level House / Petaluma Residence
Architect: Trevor McIvor Architect Inc
Lead Architect: Trevor McIvor
Project designer: Steve Choe
Interior designer: Dorota Jackowski
Location: Whitby, Toronto GTA, Ontario, Canada
Site area: 4,550 m2
Project Area: 5,000sf (460m2)
Project completion year: 2017-18
Builder: Ortolan Building Design Ltd
Structural Engineer: Blackwell Structural Engineers
Photography: Adrian Ozimek

Petaluma House, a split-level, open plan contemporary dwelling is located in a rural subdivision near Whitby. Surrounded by very traditional custom homes, this split-level house stands out with its’ clean lines, prominent roof lines and an elegant composition.

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Designed by Trevor McIvor for a retired professional, both function and flexibility of space played a large role in the layout of spaces.

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A double-height glazed atrium filled with bamboo trees at the entrance brings natural daylight into the lower level entertainment and recreation rooms. An elegant, open-riser concrete and steel stair accentuates this space, nestled between the tall vegetation and an indoor waterfall.

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The main living space encompasses an open kitchen, with a dining room, and a screened porch which has the ability to merge with the interior or the outside of the dwelling.

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The slightly lowered living room is fully glazed and is connected with an ipe balcony.

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Elements of whitewashed Douglas Fir cedars and soffits, mahogany, concrete and glass appear throughout the house, providing a natural, yet timeless palette.

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The client, a vintage car collector needed a room to store his gems in an integrated, and fully glazed attached car garage, which looks out onto the surrounding ravine.

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This split-level house features finished concrete floors throughout with radiant-in-floor heating and cooling. The Petaluma house has ample daylight and provides a comfortable atmosphere with natural ventilation.

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The master ensuite, a spa-like nook is located within the master bedroom; a modern approach with a very open, yet natural feeling.

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Keeping age in mind, a pneumatic see-through elevator shaft was integrated into the design, connecting all levels and adding an industrial touch.

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