HOUSE NEAR SOOKE HARBOR
Sooke, British Columbia
Builder: Alexander Enterprises
Photos: Haig Townsend

    Work is nearing completion on this house, sited above a rocky shore overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca, (professional photos yet to come). It serves as a family retreat and gathering spot for small or larger groups. The design incorporates regional elements recalling summer houses and lodges in a contemporary manner appropriate to western Canada.

The building features many locally sourced materials including Douglas fir windows, doors, and trim, stone walls and chimney quarried on Vancouver Island, and clear cedar decking. Durability and ease of maintenance were key goals in the design and are achieved with the use of cement board panels along with the stone masonry, stainless steel deck rails, metal roofing, and aluminum clad windows and doors. Rainwater is collected from all the roofs in a large underground cistern serving all of the domestic water supply.

The landscape concept for the wooded surroundings is a simple restoration of the native ground cover and shrubs around the house and patios.