The addition to an existing turn-of-the-20th-century farmhouse near Creemore, Ontario, Canada, replaces an existing addition with a more contemporary two-storey tower with views out over the surrounding countryside.

Studio Name: PLANT Architect Inc.
PLANT Architect Inc. Project Team Members: Chris Pommer, Lisa Rapoport, Heather Asquith, Judy Sanz-Solé, Jane Hutton, Jessica Craig, Matthew Hartney
Area: 85 m2 (renovation)
Year: 2009
Photography Credits: Panoramic view: Matthew Hartney | All other images: Peter Legris Photography
Contractor: Porter Skelton & Associates Ltd.
Cabinetry: Clearview Woodworking
Engineering: Blackwell Bowick Engineering (now Blackwell)

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©Panoramic view: Matthew Hartney

Work included re-cladding and insulating the existing farmhouse. The addition houses a vestibule, powder room, kitchen and sitting area at the ground floor and is connected by a new stair to the second floor housing a master suite.

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©Panoramic view: Matthew Hartney

Corner windows project to the southeast with expansive views from the sitting area at the ground floor and master bedroom at the second floor. A deck extends from the south face, overlooking the pond below. The structure is clad in a combination of horizontal and vertical wood siding with cedar accenting the corner windows, sunshades, deck and railings.

©Panoramic view: Matthew Hartney

The contemporary expression of the new tower addition allows for increased ceiling heights and a more generous volume of space over a small footprint while preserving the simplicity of the traditional farmhouse form.

About PLANT Architect Inc.

Founded in 1994, PLANT Architect Inc. is an award-winning, 22-person architecture and landscape architecture practice, wholly owned by its four partners. The firm’s services include master planning and public space design, landscape architecture, institutional and residential architecture, and urban infrastructure. PLANT also offers a range of value-added services that include furniture design, lighting design, and integrated graphics. The firm’s awards for public realm and institutional projects include eight Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Awards, six Toronto Urban Design Awards, and two National Urban Design Awards.

In addition to the 13-acre, Governor General’s Medal in Architecture-winning Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization at Toronto City Hall and more than a dozen other City of Toronto projects, PLANT has completed projects for clients including the Royal Ontario Museum, University of Toronto, Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University), and the National Capital Commission. PLANT’s residential projects portfolio includes single-family-home renovations, the renewal of multi-unit residential complexes, and public amenity space for large, mixed-use developments.


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