For panorama architect Victoria Taylor and chef Jamie Kennedy, a pioneer in Canada’s farm-to-table motion, it was all in regards to the location: “The creek working via the property, the bluff overlooking the village, and an ideal south-facing slope for rising pinot noir,” says Victoria, had been what they cherished about their farmhouse in Ontario’s Prince Edward County. It actually wasn’t the 100-year-old construction itself, which, whereas charming, lacked each warmth and working water (howdy, outhouse!). Nonetheless, they cherished their stays there.
That mentioned, as quickly as Vanessa Fong, an architect and Victoria’s cousin’s spouse, launched her personal enterprise, “we bought her on web site to begin speaking!” Their collaboration led to a hanging new addition that prioritizes each the couple’s emotional connection to the land and their want to be as eco-conscious as attainable.
“Jamie and Victoria had a robust guideline of utilizing as many native supplies and suppliers as attainable,” says Vanessa. “They discovered heavy timber from an outdated barn actually simply up the highway from their property. (It doesn’t get way more native than that!) We assessed each bit and its usability. With the structural engineer, we then had to determine the place each bit might go and the best way to work it in with some metal construction to finish the ’skeleton’ of the house.”
It was an concerned course of, however what they ended up with—a lofty, low-impact kitchen and entertaining house that takes full benefit of the bucolic views—was nicely value it. Let’s take a tour.
Pictures by Cindy Blazevic, courtesy of VFA.