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Creemore Farm / PLANT Architect

  • 01:00 - 1 July, 2011
Creemore Farm / PLANT Architect
Creemore Farm / PLANT Architect, © Peter Legris Photography
© Peter Legris Photography

© Peter Legris Photography © Peter Legris Photography © Peter Legris Photography © Peter Legris Photography +7

  • Architects

  • Location

    Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Architect

    PLANT Architect
  • Project Team

    Chris Pommer, Lisa Rapoport, Heather Asquith, Judy Sanz-Solé, Jane Hutton, Jessica Craig, Matthew Hartney
  • Engineer

    Blackwell Bowick Engineering
  • Contractor/Cabinets

    Porter Skelton & Associates Ltd., Clearview Woodworking
  • Area

    85.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

From the architect. The Creemore Farm is a frugal renovation and 85 sqm extension to a turn of the century farmhouse north of Toronto, overlooking rolling hills and expansive views. The addition reorients the whole house toward the view, presenting tall panoramic corner windows in the sitting area at the ground floor, and the master bedroom at the second floor, both framing the vista to the Southeast.

© Peter Legris Photography
© Peter Legris Photography

The project proposes a total reconsideration of the house orientation, proportion and form within a tiny and efficient floor plate to create a lofty, light space that uses its relationship to the landscape to make it feel larger than it is. The new floor plate was founded on, and overhangs the foundation of the previous addition freeing it from the previous form that had ignored the view, but preserving the economy of the footprint. 

© Peter Legris Photography
© Peter Legris Photography

With only the tiniest increase in square footage, the window heights, and orientation to the sloping into the valley, the space feels significantly more generous. The building stands tall, taking in the valley and the sky. The deck and sunshades extend the interior space to the exterior and overlook the pond below. Next to the existing historic farmhouse form, the simple tower form has a contemporary expression, yet mirrors the sense of stark simplicity of the traditional farmhouse, and the traditional barn and silo relationship.

© Peter Legris Photography
© Peter Legris Photography

The owner was looking to rethink the weekend house for future retirement and full time use on a frugal budget. Having lived in the house for quite a long time, she had clear criticisms of the existing functional layout and clear direction on what her expectations were for the new work. The new program for the extension comprises a vestibule, powder room, kitchen, storage and sitting area at the ground floor and is connected by a new stair to the new second floor master bedroom suite and original bedrooms. 

© Peter Legris Photography
© Peter Legris Photography

The historic farmhouse needed a new weather envelope, and a face-lift – it had been badly clad in brick. The existing farmhouse and new addition were reconceived in a light material that instead would be lofty against the sky. A tapestry of grey/blue horizontal and vertical siding provide texture and differentiation of the contrasting building volumes, while still marrying them together as a whole. The exterior sunshades ensure the interior space is open to the landscape, but not blinding. The interior form is simple, with the changing seasonal landscape as primary decoration framed and accented with bamboo millwork and dark offcut-hardwood flooring. The clients moved into the house in Fall 2009.

© Peter Legris Photography
© Peter Legris Photography
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archie4oz · July 11, 2011

I like the glass wing of this house...
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Red Wolf · July 10, 2011

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aardvark · July 06, 2011

Holy Reitveld windows, Batman!

Ouch!

Just barely works from the outside.

At least its architecture, as opposed to
most of the CGI stuff purblished nowadays. Good work.

Jennifer Knight · July 06, 2011

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Dennis Moss Jnr · July 05, 2011

such a great job! well done

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This is very sellable architecture - something I most certainly approve of. Very nicely balanced work...well done!

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Spacer Nix · July 02, 2011

This is great work. Very nice. I don't think calling it a "frugal renovation" is quite the right term. Possibly "economizing", but not frugal. The willingness to marry modern along eclectic is brave, and they achieved admirable results.

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bovolo · July 02, 2011

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