This St. Catharines home is perched on the edge of a hilltop like a bird about to take flight into the woods below. At 2,900 square feet, it boasts a unique layout dictated largely by the shape of the hillside lot it occupies, which slopes downward into a forested backyard ending at a winding creek.
The home was build on an existing footprint with the expertise ofTony Alfieriof Windrush Hill Construction and architectural designer Santy Yehof Designs by Santy. The home is set below street level, which meant carting demolition and building materials up and down a 2.5-storey incline. “Getting building materials in and out of there was not the easiest thing to do,” Alfieri says.
Some of the framing was salvaged from the original structure and all lumber that needed replacing came from Stark Lumber. Precision Drywallredid all the drywalling.
The everyday entrance is via a narrow bridge. Inside, the main floor features a half-vaulted ceiling finished in untreated cedar measuring 14 feet at its highest point, and walls in Cloud Cover white by Benjamin Moorepaints from the St. Catharines Decorating Centre. The great room occupies most of the space, comprising a kitchen, dining area and living room with a large Montigo fireplace with a dark tile surround by Aristocrat Floors of the World. The flooring on this level is polished concrete by Peter Santin of Innovative Concrete Work. Luxury plank flooring by McNamara & Reynoldsrounds out the flooring in the home.