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Oh, Canada: A Heavenly Home

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Ottawa River House is a cool and serene three level contemporary home in Ontario by Canadian studio Christopher Simmonds Architect.

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An elongated entry under cedar planking draws you into a vista that will develop into the dominant theme.


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A confidently executed skylight surprises on the way through the front door.

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To move through the space is to enjoy a well orchestrated sequence of views out over Lake Ottowa.

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The experience inevitably accompanies every traversing of the interlocking interior walkways – until it is wound into your very soul.

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So it is a house that walks through one vast airy space after another.

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A glorious fire in an enormous bath room – with an even more enormous view – recharges the spirit.
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Soft natural colors of limestone tiles and northern woods balance a blackened metal fireplace.
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The bathroom fireplace shares the chimney with the living room fireplace below.
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The  stunning views of the stark northerly waterscape is echoed in the somber palette of the interior.

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The palette of materials include dark stained, quarter-sawn oak  and cabinets in dark stained ash.

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In the kitchen the flooring is dark, but now white porcelain and white quartz countertops come into play against the glossy black.

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A series of quite small (but necessary) rooms occupies the middle two angles.

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So the house is smaller than it seems – but very large in the huge views that are traversed overlooking Ontario’s Lake Ottowa.

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