To further maximize the view, a large screened porch was added onto one end of the house, stretching out towards the view. With an outdoor kitchen, dining and seating furniture, the porch is an extra room where the family spends most of the summer, says Billinkoff.
The entry hall was made to appear more spacious walls were removed, including a wall that enclosed the stairs leading to a guest suite on the lower level.
A wall closing off the kitchen was also removed to open the space up to the wider living area. The architect says taking out the walls to create one large, open-plan room has put the spotlight on the original wood-lined ceiling, with its dark-stained beams. This has become a significant feature of the interior and an important link with the forest beyond.
Another prominent change to the living area involved the fireplace.
"This was an awkward Mansard shape, and was covered in ceramic tile," Billinkoff says. "But when we came to remove it, we found it was too difficult. The house didn't just look like a commercial building, it was built like one it is a real fortress."
Consequently, the chimney element was not removed, but was covered over with a concrete block wall that sits over a blackened steel fire surround. These raw materials, and the stacked firewood, add a strong textural quality that balances the more streamlined aspects of the design.