HOMES

Hillside Home's Front Door Accessed by Bridge

January 08, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY KELLY HORKOFF

This natural wonder in the west end of St. Catharines allows the owners to enjoy the best of city and country.

OUR HOMES Niagara Winter 2017/2018A version of this article originally appeared in the Winter 2017/2018 issue of  OUR HOMES The Niagara Region, p.20. Find local businesses in our Niagara directory

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 of Tony Alfieri of Windrush Hill Construction and architectural designer Santy Yeh of Designs by SantyThe 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 Drywall redid 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 Moore paints 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 & Reynolds rounds out the flooring in the home.
 
Light fixtures: Don’s Light House 
Floor-to-ceiling windows (Dashwood): Crowland Sash & Frame Ltd.
Glass partitions: Fleming Windows & Mirrors Ltd. 
Cabinets: Enns Cabinetry
Bath fixtures: Bathworks

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