Conceived over a ten year period by its architect owner, this new house linking to an existing log cottage is a super energy efficient, highly automated and low maintenance home for retirement. The design plays on the 'old', recapturing the ambiance of the original screen porch, with a fifty foot long connecting wing that opens to nature along its entire south facade; and, it champions innovation. An elevator will service the indoor lap pool on the lower walkout level of the new home, and all parts of the property will be fully wheelchair accessible.  

Set at an angle to the original cottage to best parallel the lake shore, all the south facing walls of the linear connecting wing and the new home are glazed take advantage of the views and passive winter solar heat. Deciduous trees and large roof overhangs offer shading in the summer, while a pellet boiler in-floor radiant system will provide heat during cooler months. 

The new 2000 sqft main living space is designed to Passive House Institute standards. Super insulated with 10 inch think structural insulated panel walls and featuring grid tied solar power generation, the house will achieve a net zero carbon footprint. Most importantly, The Compound will provide a year-round, comfortable home that is sympathetic to its natural environment and tailored to suit how its owners enjoy every aspect of their property on Kennisis Lake. 

Type: Passive, net zero

Size: 4000 sqft (including existing cottage)

Location: Kennisis Lake, Haliburton County