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Stunning modern family home in Ontario: Thorncrest House

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The Thorncrest House is a new modern family home that has been designed by Altius Architecture in Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada. The 6,500 square foot home was designed in 2012 to accommodate the large family of six as well as to entertain their guests. Private spaces are arranged to allow for an open concept space with double height living room surrounded by a catwalk. Particular attention was paid to natural daylight exposure at the basement walk-out, easing its transition to grade via a sunken pool, deck and grass terraces. Shading is provided by deep roof overhangs and cantilevered volumes. The homes distinctive blue zinc cladding and Spanish cedar accents create a unique street presence.

The home also encompasses the following sustainability features: program and spatial optimization, passive solar heating, natural ventilation and passive cooling, natural daylighting, high performance envelope design, radiant heating, low energy light and appliances, water conserving appliances and fixtures, indoor air quality and non-toxic materials and finishes.

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Photos: Greg Van Riel

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