Arbutus Cottage17 photos
Arbutus Cottage Vancouver Island, BC, Canada The natural beauty of the land inspired both the design of the house and the use of materials that reflected the environment. The client’s needs were expressed in one terse sentence: Just build me a box. What she got was a simple, easy living, bright house with graceful proportions and enough detail to give it some magic. She also preferred eco-friendly design and construction. Ultimately, the best way to reduce energy costs was to keep the house small—no more than 1,000 sq ft—and to incorporate as many sustainable systems as possible via passive design and use of materials. The use of indigenous wood is consistent throughout, with a standing-seam metal roof chosen for durability and pleasing contrast.