Link House, Canada, Nova Scotia Real Estate, Canadian Home Photos, Modern Residential Architecture
November 17, 2022
Design: Habit Studio
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Photos: Janet Kimber
Liaison House, Canada
On the surface, the Liaison House a 5,000-square-foot, 4-bedroom, 4-bath passive house gets its moniker from the central breezeway that seamlessly connects the public and private wings. But it goes further. Link also illustrates past and present connections to the land and the open plan public living space to create memories with loved ones.
The property, 2.6 acres of scenic lakefront in the Annapolis Valley, once housed a childhood family cottage and a magnificent oak tree planted when the owner was a young boy.
It was the perfect place for a retired retreat to host family and friends. Although it cannot be reused, the original foundation shaped the shape of the new structure by creating a connection between old and new. The position and orientation have been changed to save the decades-old tree.
The home’s four bedrooms and four bathrooms easily accommodate guests for extended visits, leaving both time and space for deep connections. Large windows and deep sills frame the beautiful lake views and bring in tons of natural light, while creating a seamless indoor/outdoor connection. The screened porch takes advantage of microclimates for three seasons of fresh-air outdoor living, and heaters allow for continued use on cooler days and nights. The basement includes a home gym and entertainment area for the grandkids.
Link is Habit Studio’s largest net-zero passive house with an EnerGuide rating of 0. The structure is exceptionally well insulated and sealed. The windows and doors are made of wood clad with European-made triple-glazed aluminum from Vetta. The floor slabs are R40, the walls are R52 and the roof is R80. 36 solar panels create a 12 kW photovoltaic array that covers the southern half of the roof. The house performs 126.5% better than a code-compliant house with a 23.4% reduction in annual greenhouse gas emissions per year.
Eastern white cedar shingles and a standing seam zinc roof create a tactile exterior meant to weather naturally over time.
A neutral, low-contrast interior color palette produces a soothing space with custom whitewashed white oak millwork, earth-toned breezeway tiles, and warm off-white walls with cabinets painted to match. Maple floors and chrome finishes complete the timeless look. Wood accents are evident throughout, including a spruce wall in the master bedroom and wood clad walls and ceiling in the screened porch. Full-height tile-covered accent walls and prominent woven pendant lights complete the sensory experience. Abundant natural light bounces playfully off the glazed kitchen backsplash tiles and changes the tone of the off-white walls throughout the day, creating a symbiosis between the home and its surroundings.
Link House in Nova Scotia, Canada – Building Information
Design: Habit Studio – https://www.habitstudio.ca/
Principal Design: Judy Obersi
Completion date: 2022
Building levels: 3
Photography: Janet Kimber
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Location: Nova Scotia, Canada, North America
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