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Canadian Houses : Residences

Key Contemporary Residential Architecture Developments in Canada, North America

post updated 3 October 2021

Houses in Canada

We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Canadian Houses. We aim to include buildings that are either of top quality or interesting, or ideally both.

We cover completed buildings, new building designs, architectural exhibitions and architecture competitions across Canada. The focus is on contemporary Canadian residences but information on traditional buildings is also welcome.

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Contemporary Canadian Residences – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

21 Sep 2021
Forest Glamp, Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Nova Scotia
Design: Bourgeois / Lechasseur architectes
Forest Glamp, Petite-Rivière-Saint-François
photography : Adrien Williams + Maxime Brouillet
Forest Glamp, Petite-Rivière-Saint-François

16 Sep 2021
Out(side)In House, Scarborough Bluffs, Ontario
Architecture: Atelier RZLBD
Out(side)In House Scarborough Bluffs Ontario
photograph : Borzu Talaie
Out(side)In House in Ontario
As nature seeps through a crack of a stone, or as from a wound of one’s heart blooms a new, unforeseen joy and peace, a nameless empty room becomes a sanctuary, a small universe, whereone’s soul can truly rest. Located near Scarborough Bluffs, the panoramic horizon of Lake Ontario, Out(side)In House offers a void that leads the inhabitants to see the inner horizon, suggesting life inits deeper meaning.

Sep 17, 2021
Kennebec Lakehouse, Arden, Ontario
Design: Zerafa Studio Llc.
Kennebec Lakehouse Arden, Ontario rural home
photo : Tom Arban
Kennebec Lakehouse in Ontario
Kennebec Lakehouse is a year-round vacation home located on Kennebec Lake, a finger-lake in Arden Ontario. The 2.8 acre site is defined by its dramatic topography, sloping down from the roadway to Kennebec Lake from south to north.

Aug 5, 2021
Saltbox Passive House, Bromont, Québec
Design: Atelier L’Abri
Saltbox Passive House Bromont
photo : Raphaël Thibodeau
Saltbox Passive House, Bromont
The Saltbox Passive House is a primary residence designed for a family of four and built on the southern flank of Mont Gale in Bromont, in the Eastern Townships. The 3,100 sq. ft. single-family home, built on three levels, sits in a meadow at the edge of a wooded, protected area on a 2.5-acre lot.

23 Jul 2021
The Monocular, Chester Basin, Nova Scotia
Design: RHAD Architects
Monocular House Chester Basin
photo : Julian Parkinson
Monocular House, Chester Basin
The Monocular was designed to choreograph one’s experience of the dramatic waterfront site. Thus, it was treated as a Monocular, framing the view of the Basin beyond.

22 Jun 2021
Lake of Bays Cottage, Lambton Shores, Ontario
Architecture: Altius Architecture
Lake of Bays Cottage Muskoka Ontario
photograph : Greg Van Riel Photography
Lake of Bays Cottage, Muskoka, Ontario
A longtime client of Altius, the owners of this residence started looking for a cottage home in 2007. After four years exploring Ontario cottage country, they purchased Lake of Bays Cottage from a colleague but immediately began to doubt their decision. However, this doubt quickly melted away after they had spent their first summer there.

8 Apr 2021
Black Point Residence, Black Point, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Design: Peter Braithwaite Studio
Black Point Residence Halifax Nova Scotia
photograph : Yurii Suhov
Black Point Residence, Halifax, Nova Scotia
This expansive Black Point Residence was designed for a retired couple looking for a summer home where their extended family could all gather and spend time together. Located in the harsh climate of the Northumberland Strait in Black Point, Nova Scotia, the architectural design pushes the limit of maritime vernacular seaside fishing and boat sheds.

1 Apr 2021
Kahshe Lake Cottage, The Muskoka Region, Ontario
Architects: Solares Architecture
Canadian Houses - Kahshe Lake Cottage Muskoka
photograph : Nanne Springer
Kahshe Lake Cottage, Muskoka Region
The story of Kahshe Lake Cottage started in 1987, when architect Tom Knezic’s parents bought the water-access property and built a small bunkie as a temporary shelter. Their goal was to then design and build their dream family cottage. When the 1989 recession hit, their plans went on hold.

Mar 29, 2021
MTR Residence, Mont-Tremblant
Design: Alain Carle Architect
Canadian Houses - MTR Residence, Mont-Tremblant
photograph : Félix Michaud
MTR Residence, Mont-Tremblant Québec
Located on Lac Tremblant, one of Québec’s most highly esteemed lakes, the site presented features as spectacular as they were restrictive. Very steep terrain and high rock cliffs allowed few options for implementation or traffic on the site. A very large flat rock cap on the edge of the lake was chosen as “level 0” and allowed creation of the MTR Residence project’s anchoring identity.

4 Apr, 2021
Elm House, Tupper School District, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Design: Peter Braithwaite Studio
Canadian Houses - Elm House Halifax
photo : Julian Parkinson
Elm House, Halifax Home, Nova Scotia
This house displayed great potential for the young family who had recently purchased the property. Over the decades, this residence had been the subject of a number of poorly executed renovations.

14 Apr 2021
Sandy Cove House, Digby, southwestern Nova Scotia
Design: Habit Studio with houdinidesign Architects
Sandy Cove House Nova Scotia
photo : Bridget Havercroft
Sandy Cove House in Nova Scotia
Sandy Cove House is a large two-storey timber frame house that reflects the form and layout of a traditional Nova Scotia barn. The client, who was inhabiting only the second floor, wanted to transform the main level from a garage and utility room into valuable living space.

13 Mar 2021
Smith Bay House, Prince Edward County, Southern Ontario
Design: Solares Architecture
Canadian Houses - Smith Bay House Ontario
photo : Nanne Springer
Smith Bay House, Prince Edward County
Smith Bay House, located on a flat stretch of land just a stone’s throw from the water, is an embodiment of serenity and style. A young Toronto family dreamed of a new sustainable home in the countryside, and Smith Bay House delivers that getaway.

Yakisugi House, Calgary, Alberta
Architects: Alloy Homes Incorporated
Yakisugi House Calgary
photo : Joel Klassen
Yakisugi House, Calgary Property
A phenomenal custom home whose every angle is designed to frame beautiful views to the downtown skyline. A 20′ grade difference between the street and back alley led to some unique architectural solutions including a detached garage with tunnel and green roof.

4 Feb 2021
Gouldburn Modern, Ottawa
Design: Shean Architects
Gouldburn Modern House Ottawa
photo : Younes Bounhar – Doublespace Photography
Gouldburn Modern House, Ottawa
The Gouldburn Modern displays a harmony between new and old, where an addition at both the front and the rear offer a creative way to emphasize the connection of traditional form and modern materiality. The interior of the home was renovated utilizing a clean and pure palette to brighten the home.

12 Jan 2021
Fold House, Southern Ontario
Architect: PARTISANS
Fold House Hamilton
photograph : PARTISANS
Fold House, Hamilton, Ontario
Fold House is a residential property in Hamilton, Ontario that “folds” into the contours of a hillside through its undulating wood and steel structure. The two-story residence is concealed through the land’s topography with the pool pavilion nestled into the lower part of the hill and features an eighty foot long by ten foot tall sliding glass facade that provides sweeping views from a burrowed vantage point.

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16 Dec 2020
Lambton Farmhouse, Lambton Shores, Ontario
Architecture: Shean Architects
Canadian Houses - Lambton Farmhouse Ontario
photograph : Chris Berg
Lambton Farmhouse, Ontario
Lambton Farmhouse is located in the fields of Southern Ontario, sits a modern farmhouse. The form takes influence from the gradual slopes that the surrounding landscape forms. Tiered levels offer optimal views of the exterior, where large windows are placed to allow for natural light to enter many sides of each space within.

8 Dec 2020
Le Littoral, La Malbaie, Québec
Design: Architecture49
Le Littoral Residence la Malbaie
photo : Stéphane Brügger
Le Littoral Residence, La Malbaie
A couple passionate about gastronomy and great lovers of Charlevoix dreamed of designing a contemporary residence in this exceptional natural setting. This was to both enjoy a pied-à-terre in the region, but also to create a high-end tourist home where families, friends, or colleagues could gather.

26 Nov, 2020
Maison Koya, Saint-Sauveur
Design: Alain Carle Architecte
Canadian Houses - Maison Koya Saint Sauveur
photo : Raphael Thibodeau
Maison Koya, Saint-Sauveur
The Maison Koya site is part of a real estate development on the approaches to the town of Saint-Sauveur in the Laurentians. This area is in Montréal’s second ring of outlying communities, where the occupants have chosen to settle to combine a lifestyle in a natural setting (in the mountains) with the conveniences of a small regional town.

18 Nov 2020
Double Header House , Victoria, British Columbia
Design: D’Arcy Jones Architects
Double Header House Victoria BC
photo © Sama Jim Canzian
Double Header House, Victoria, BC
Double Header House was designed to be both open and private, while bold and modest. This single building has two units. Designed for three generations to live side-by-side, the units are separated by interlocking private courtyards, a common stair and air-locks.

17 Nov 2020
Forest House I, Bolton-Est, Eastern Townships, QC
Design: Natalie Dionne Architecture
Canadian Houses - Forest House I Eastern Townships
photo : Raphaël Thibodeau
Forest House I, Eastern Townships
Forest House I is the latest work by Montréal-based studio, Natalie Dionne Architecture. The firm has earned widespread praise over the years for its contextual approach, its creativity, and its attention to detail. Forest House I adds to a rich portfolio of original, residential homes, equal parts urban and rural.

26 Oct 2020
Blackwood Studio, Hinchinbrooke

20 Oct 2020
Cowley Avenue House, Ottawa

8 Oct 2020
Wendover House, Ottawa

31 Jul 2020
Chester Cottage in Nova Scotia

14 Jul 2020
Portland Residence in Mont-Royal, Québec

4 Jun 2020
Lake Huron Summer House, Ontario
Architects: Saota
Lake Huron Summer House Ontario Canada
photograph : Adam Letch
Lake Huron Summer House in Ontario
This summer house is set on the banks of Lake Huron in a small, remote Canadian town about an hour’s drive from London, Ontario.

14 May 2020
Abacus House on Bras d’Or Lake, Nova Scotia

4 May 2020
103, Land House in Meaford, Ontario

24 Apr 2020
La Frangine Residence Stoneham-et-Tewkesbury

22 Apr 2020
Lakeside Cabin in Lac-Brome, Quebec

31 Mar 2020
Ravine House near Don River Watershed

4 Feb 2020
Rodeo Drive House, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Architects: Alloy Homes Incorporated
Rodeo Drive House Calgary Alberta
photograph : Joel Klassen
Rodeo Drive House in Calgary, Alberta
This family home is built on a small, triangular lot that was considered virtually unusable. Situated atop a ridge overlooking the Calgary Stampede Grandstand, the views are magnificent from the upper floors.

1 Feb 2020
Modern Farmhouse, Calgary, Alberta
Architects: Alloy Homes Incorporated
Canadian Houses - Modern Farmhouse Calgary Alberta
photograph : Joel Klassen
Modern Farmhouse near Calgary, Alberta
The architecture is inspired by the simple lines and humble materials of the adjacent working ranch.

31 Jan 2020
River’s Edge House, Calgary
Architects: Alloy Homes Incorporated
Rivers Edge House Calgary Alberta
photo : Joel Klassen
River’s Edge House in Calgary, Alberta
This new Canadian family home was designed and built to feel like it had been a part of the neighbourhood for years. The property is wrapped in low-maintenance natural materials designed to weather gently and enhance its character over the years.

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New Canadian Houses 2019

5 Nov 2019
The River Cabins, Wheatley River, Prince Edward County
Design: Nine Yards Studio
River Cabins Wheatley River - Canadian Houses
photograph : Tamzin Gillis, Nine Yards Studio
Prince Edward County Buildings
The smallest province in Canada, Prince Edward Island is celebrated for its vibrant arts and culture scene and is renowned for culinary experiences featuring world-class seafood and produce.

21 Jun 2019
Muskoka Boathouse in Ontario

16 Jun 2019
Pilon-Hébert Residence in Potton, Québec

11 Jun 2019
Powder Snow House in Bromont, Québec

28 May 2019
Hatley House in Québec

14 May 2019
Church Residence in Frelighsburg, Québec

17 Apr 2019
Gazing House in Scarborough Junction, Toronto

20 Mar 2019
Residence Le Nid on the St. Lawrence River, Quebec

17 Mar 2019
Dans l’Escarpement in Saint-Faustin-Lac-Carré

30 Jan 2019
La Barque Residence in Saint-Donat-de-Montcalm

11 Dec 2018
TRIPTYCH House in Wentworth-Nord, Quebec

3 Dec 2018
Friesen Wong House in Okanagan, British Columbia

2 Dec 2018
Shelter on a Rock in Racine, Québec

14 Nov 2018
Long Horizontals House in Petite-Rivière-Saint-François

2 Oct 2018
Vallée du Parc Residence in Shawinigan, Québec

16 May 2018
Gulf Islands Residence, Strait of Georgia, British Columbia, western Canada
Architects: RUFproject
Gulf Islands Residence on Salt Spring Island British Columbia
photograph : Ivan Hunter
Gulf Islands Residence

20 Feb 2018
La Cornette House, Township of Cleveland, Québec, Eastern Canada
Architects: YH2
La Cornette House in the Township of Cleveland
photo © Francis Pelletier
La Cornette House in the Township of Cleveland
Built on the slope of a small hill, La Cornette is a country house open to the pastoral landscape that surrounds it. Under a soaring roof resembling a nun’s cornet wimple is a roomy dwelling modelled on traditional Quebec houses of old that lodged large families and their relatives.

19 Feb 2018
La Luge Cabin, La Conception, in the Laurentides region of Quebec
Architects: YH2
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photography © Francis Pelletier
La Luge in La Conception
Mostly dedicated to the enjoyment of Quebec’s winter, La Luge is a secondary home lying in the midst of the forest. Nestled on its site, surrounded by dense vegetation preserving the house’s privacy, La Luge integrates a private spa which occupies almost a third of the useable area, adding on to the traditional countryside living spaces.

16 Feb 2018
Window on the Lake, Saint-Élie-de-Caxton, Mauricie region, province of Quebec
Architects: YH2
Window on the Lake - new Canadian Houses
photography © Francis Pelletier
Window on the Lake in Saint-Élie-de-Caxton
The house stands on the site of an old family cottage, just steps away from the shores of Lac Plaisant in the Mauricie region. Thanks to its simplicity, restraint and refinement, the project embodies the architect’s attempt to capture the essence of cottage life – a wooden home designed for vacations and enabling true communion with nature.

9 Feb 2018
Sky House, Stoney Lake, Ontario
Design: Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster
Sky House on Stoney Lake - contemporary Canadian Houses
photography : Doublespace Photography
Sky House on Stoney Lake
Negotiating the steep topography of a lake-side site, this holiday house consists of two volumes stacked on one another. The lower volume nestles into the landscape so that it is barely visible as one first approaches the house.

6 Feb 2018
The Wooden Wing, Lac-Supérieur, Quebec
Design: YH2 architecture
The Wooden Wing - modern Canadian Houses
photography : David Marien-Landry
The Wooden Wing in Lac-Supérieur
The Wooden Wing is a large cottage on the shores of Lac Supérieur, in Quebec’s Laurentians. The house is perched on a sizeable outcrop of granite bedrock, giving it a commanding yet intimate view of the lake and Mont Tremblant, on the other side.

4 Feb 2018
Withrow Laneway House, Calgary, Alberta
Architects: Studio North
Withrow Laneway House
photo : Mark Erickson
Withrow Laneway House in Calgary
Affordable housing in a thriving city like Calgary is a challenge for many, not the least for two newly graduated professionals starting a design studio with big dreams and a limited budget. We see alleys as a new place for community and dwelling. This project offers an opportunity to save one of Calgary’s heritage houses and to build an affordable, compact living space in the inner city.

19 Jan 2018
Indigo Lane House, Whistler, British Columbia, western Canada
Design: Stark Architecture Ltd.
Indigo Lane Canadian Houses
photo © Krista Jahnke
New House in Whistler, BC
A crazy site! But one of the greatest things about Architecture is having lots of constraints. The more constraints, the more inventive you have to be. The site drops steeply from the road, almost a 25 ft sheer drop down to a flat site, with retaining walls below.

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