Nestled into a wooded hillside, the Staycation House overlooks a secluded lake on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore. The house is 2800 sf and plus an attached garage with a rec room above, so the whole building is 3600sf total.

Project Name: Staycation House
Studio Name:
Habit Studio
Location: Musquodoiboit, Canada
Photography: Matthew McMullen
Project size: 3600 ft2
Site size: 130000 ft2
Completion date: 2020
Building levels: 2

Staycation House By Habit Studio - Sheet1
Fireplace ©Matthew McMullen

The living areas and main bedroom suite occupy the sunny upper level of the house, so that the important spaces enjoy expansive views of the lake and the forest. A generous covered deck extends the living area and is the perfect spot to watch the sun set over the lake. The deep roof lends shade to prevent the house from overheating in summer.

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Bedroom ©Matthew McMullen

With an open concept living room, dining room and kitchen, a pantry is essential to keep the main space clutter free. The laundry room and mudroom, complete with doggy shower, are located outside of the Passive House envelope in a vestibule connecting the house to the attached garage.

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Balcony Seating ©Matthew McMullen

The lower level features a common great room and bar area with direct access to the lake. This space is flanked by two guest rooms, two baths, and a third swing space which is used as an office and ocasional bedroom. Durable polished concrete floors brighten the lower level spaces, contributing to a relaxed, unfussy mood. The Staycation House was built by the team at Sunbuilt Contracting, experienced Passive House builders who balance serious technical chops with thoughtful execution.

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