Petaluma House

A modern marvel by Trevor McIvor Architect, the Petaluma House outside Toronto, Canada is a contemporary dwelling with nature at the core of its design.

  • area / size 5,000 sqft
  • Year 2018
  • Location Toronto, Canada,
  • Type House,
  • Petaluma House, a split-level, open plan contemporary dwelling is located in a rural subdivision near Whitby. Surrounded by very traditional custom homes, this gem stands out with its clean lines, prominent roof lines and an elegant composition.

    Designed for a retired professional, both function and flexibility of space played a large role in the layout of spaces.

    A double-height glazed atrium filled with bamboo trees at the entrance brings natural daylight into the lower level entertainment and recreation rooms. An elegant, open-riser concrete and steel stair accentuates this space, nestled between the tall vegetation and an indoor waterfall.

    The main living space encompasses an open kitchen, with a dining room, and a screened porch which has the ability to merge with the interior or the outside of the dwelling.

    The slightly lowered living room is fully glazed and is connected with an ipe balcony.

    Elements of whitewashed Douglas Fir cedars and soffits, mahogany, concrete and glass appear throughout the house, providing a natural, yet timeless palette.

    The client, a vintage car collector needed a room to store his gems in an integrated, and fully glazed attached car garage, which looks out onto the surrounding ravine.

    Petaluma House features finished concrete floors throughout with radiant-in-floor heating and cooling. The house has ample daylight and provides a comfortable atmosphere with natural ventilation.

    The master ensuite, a spa-like nook is located within the master bedroom; a modern approach with a very open, yet natural feeling.

    Keeping age in mind, a pneumatic see-through elevator shaft was integrated into the design, connecting all levels and adding an industrial touch.

    DesignTrevor McIvor Architect
    Design Team: Trevor McIvor, Steve Choe, Dorota Jackowski
    Contractor: Ortolan Building Design
    PhotographyAdrian Ozimek