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A Canadian Dream House That Took Three Architects to Build

  • September 22, 2020

“When we first stepped into the project, it was tentative,” Mr. Milkovich said. “Knowing that Jack’s good friend had been working on the house, we wondered how much we could change.”

For months, Mr. Milkovich tentatively floated one small change after another, until Mr. Evrensel made it clear that he wanted his new architects to have full creative freedom. “He said, ‘Look, you guys, you can do whatever you want. Don’t consider anything that was done before precious,’” Mr. Milkovich said. “He really respected the work that architects do.”

With the promise of carte blanche, Mr. Milkovich made significant changes to the plans in consultation with Mr. Erickson, designing a 7,000-square-foot house that appears to cascade down the rock and toward the water, with a series of terraces.

A stand-alone painting studio with a curved roof for Ms. Evrensel, an artist, is embedded in craggy rock at the top of the site, near the road. The garage and main entrance to the house sit farther down, where the front door opens into a hall overlooking a double-height living room below. From there, a staircase descends into the three-story main house. Each level has glass walls, expansive sliding doors and long terraces facing the water. An ocean loop heat-pump system provides energy-efficient heating and cooling.

Concrete is everywhere, inside and out, but the architects treated the material to give it an earthier look. “The superstructure of the upper levels is sandblasted very lightly,” Mr. Milkovich said, to dull the natural shine.

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