Country Modern

Chilliwack, BC

The main form of this home can be found in many of the agricultural buildings in the area. Built to elevate the living and bedroom spaces above the Fraser River 200-year flood level, its mass reflects the various functions within the home interconnected by circulation pathways. The central stairwell acts as a transparent reveal between the public and private spaces of the house.

Internal structural steel frames in the central vaulted living space evoke the construction of local old barn hay lofts the owners used to play and work in, and the metal cladding and weathering steel panels reference their rusting exteriors.


  • Builder: Northwest Construction
  • Landscape designer: Jack Oostenbrink
  • Structural engineer: Quantum Engineering
  • Steel fabricator: Level Fabricators
  • Photography: Jason Brown

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Distinctive design for beloved homes.