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Architectural Collaboration Delivers Glass Floor and Waterfall

April 12, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE POMERLEAU

Windsor-area waterfront home is a soaring masterpiece of glass, steel, stone and concrete.

OUR HOMES Windsor Spring 2018A version of this article originally appeared in the Spring 2018 issue of  OUR HOMES Windsor & Essex County, p.28. Find local businesses in our Windsor directory.

Built in 2013 by Dan Caster of Caster Custom Homes, this 12,000 sq. ft. home is a soaring masterpiece of glass, steel, stone and concrete and it commands a perfect waterfront view. Designed by Kevin Akey of AZD Associates Inc., the home was a collaborative process that fulfilled the homeowners’ wishes for a modern home with a water view.
 
“We love to entertain, especially outside," say the owners. To accommodate the homeowner’s love of cars, there is a three-car garage for everyday commuting and two lower-level garages that can store up to eight cars as well as a number of motorcycles. A specially-designed glass floor in the couple’s office provides a view to the car collection.
 
In the foyer, a 30-foot waterfall brings an organic feel to the modern structure. The stone columns are built on an angle to allow the water to drop, which creates interest and drama. The exterior has Prairie-style design elements paying tribute to details found in some of the iconic homes built by Frank Lloyd Wright.
 
Two kitchens by Frank Cremasco Fine Cabinetry are equipped with professional-level appliances. The central kitchen allows the owners to entertain with an expansive quartz island.
 
The kitchen leads into a large bar area equipped with a custom-made banquette and glassed-in, temperature-controlled wine room that can hold up to 500 bottles of wine. The room is a favourite place for the couple to entertain as it opens onto the covered patio and fully equipped outdoor kitchen. The double-sided fireplace (Forest Glade Fireplaces) encourages the flow of traffic from the inside out.
 
The master bedroom cantilevers out over the back patio, creating the sense of being on a ship and providing a serene and relaxing view of the water as well as the lap pool and the ipe wood dock that leads down to the lake and the homeowners’ boat.
 
The lower level offers a gym and the owner's personal hair salon. The salon is unabashedly girly with pink chandeliers and a swivel-arm sink that rises out of the floor – a detail the homeowner spotted while having her hair styled on a cruise ship.

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