white rock house
LOCATION: WHITE ROCK, BC
YEAR: 2012 - 2014
This home is tucked into the hillside with a similarly low-slung shallow gable roof that starts low on the street side and slopes up towards the view. The main floor of the house follows the slope of the site so the space opens up to create double height volume on the water side. The ridgeline was shifted off centre and the roof line modulated to create mezzanine level to serve as a home office and art studio – naturally day lit by a north facing skylight.
The roof, composed of Douglas Fir glulam beams with exposed wood decking, is the main unifying element in the design, yet is experienced differently as you move through the house. The interior spaces are further defined by gypsum drop ceilings to modulate scale and contextualize the overhead roof.
The form of the house was inspired by the existing modest 1950 post and beam, shallow gable, house on the site. Specifically the way the simple roof lines framed views of the ocean. Our bespoke design highlighted outdoor/ indoor living and the uninterrupted views of the pacific to the south.