Lefebvre-Smyth Residence / CEI Architecture

  • 11 Nov 2012
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Architects: CEI Architecture
Location: Kaleden, BC,
Design Team: Nick Bevanda, Robert Cesnik, Craig Milton, Dan Sawyer
Area: 3000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ed White

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This single family residence sits on a spectacular Okanagan property on the west bank of Skaha Lake. The building is oriented towards the view to the south of Kaleden Village and eastward towards the lake.

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Due to the steep sloping site, the building footprint was minimized in order to reduce complex foundation construction. The majority of living space is placed on a second floor cantilevering over the steep gorge of the property.

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The building form is primarily defined by the sloped roof. The roof slopes to the south as a shading device that blocks the extreme summer sun from penetrating into the living space. The shallow slope is repeated over the service block, which includes the garage, laundry facility and studio.

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The building is constructed from materials including glue laminated beams, wood decking and TJI’s. The building is modernistic in its form. It responds to the unique site and climate and is expressive of its construction methodology.

First Floor Plan
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    Gorgeous. This is my dream house. I always dream about houses that aren’t too big to easily clean!

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    A beautiful building. I especially like the view through the house from the front entry and the effective use of skylights to emphasize the internal circulation.

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    love those windows and skylights – clever use of long overhangs and cantilevers to reduce solar exposure on the south side.

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