Living on the Bluff
Dramatic, elegant, and inspiring, this home is simply beautiful. The Shoal Lookout Residence is situated on a rocky perch with 190 degree angle wrap around views of Howe Sound and the Strait of Georgia. The upper floor is loft like, open to views on 3 sides. A glass enclosed hydraulic lift links the lower and upper floors. There is a level access from the entrance, extra wide sliding doors allow the space to flow when opened, and showers are all designed without any barriers at the floor.
The home is constructed to high sustainability standards under the LEED for Homes program, and has been awarded LEED Gold. Rainwater is gathered into a rain garden feature near the entrance, and the overflow is stored in a recycled septic tank for irrigation. Energy saving features include continuous insulation at the exterior of the walls, enhanced insulation levels, air tight construction, solar hot water heating, hydronic radiant in-floor heat pump heating, a heat recovery ventilation system and high performance fibreglass windows. The house was prepared with infrastructure to receive future photovoltaic cells and a wind turbine power generator.