About 50% of the original structure was retained in the project, with other major changes being modifying the bedroom wing for a larger master dressing room, opening up rooms to the exterior and reinventing the entrance court.
"Approaching the home from the southern or entrance side, visitors cross granite pavers partially covering an ornamental pool, complete with Japanese Koi," says Williams, "The pool begins an emphasis on water and nature that runs throughout the home. It also suggests a Japanese influence, another feature of the residence."
Japanese folk homes have a strong connection to the outdoors and almost all of this home's rooms, including those facing the entrance court, now open directly to the outdoors. Another aspect of the upgrade was introducing stacking sliders to the family room and master bedroom, again furthering the connection with the environment.
The home enhances nature in other ways, particularly through its exterior and interior material palette. Wood shingles and stucco predominate outside, with cedar wood cladding used as an accent material. Both the stucco and cedar are also carried over as interior accents.
On the interior, rift oak floors, rift oak cabinetry and wood ceilings predominate, with the colour palette kept to earthy, natural tones the main splashes of colour are provided by artworks. One of the artworks, a wall-sized glass sculpture, makes its presence felt from first entering the home. Designed by a local artist, the wall is comprised of overlapping panels. The surface texture has the appearance of water running down glass, another natural motif.
"The screen gives privacy to occupants of the living room and prevents visitors from spying the scenery the moment they enter the home," says Williams. "Instead, a series of turns provides a dramatic build up to the first glimpse of the lake."
One of the aspects the owners liked about the original home was its rambling, stepping up and down nature, and this was retained. This is also reminiscent of Japanese folk homes which were built over long periods of time, says Williams. Each new addition to the home contributed to their characteristically piecemeal floor plans.