Designed as a series of pavilions, lounging along the sunny waterfront and facing a magnificent view, this Lantzville home was a prizewinner even while it was on the drawing board. Two years ago, it won a gold Construction Achievements and Renovations of Excellence award for best home-design concept, and now that it has been built, it may win in multiple categories, perhaps even project of the year. The unusual home has also been nominated for best single family detached home over $1 million, best contemporary kitchen over 250 square feet, best master suite over 500 square feet, best interior residential and best millwork for a home over 4,000 square feet, as well as project of the year.
“There was originally a mobile home on the property, and a couple of funky buildings,” said designer Keith Baker. “But it is one of the most beautiful spots in Lantzville, just outside Nanaimo, and deserved something really special. It’s a gorgeous low-bank waterfront property facing the mainland and mountains,” said Baker. “The views are amazing and the orientation is such that it actually gets sunsets too.”
The owners asked TS Williams and designer Baker to create something unique. Although the new house is large, about 5,000 square feet, it doesn’t seem huge because of the clever pavilion design, which keeps the spaces defined and related to each other, but stops them appearing cavernous.
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