Since purchasing the property, we have had lots of time to think about what type of house we would build. We started out thinking about a house in the Ontario Farmhouse style, then possibly a log house, then relocating an old log house that was built in the Ontario Farmhouse style.
But traditional house plans did not offer the layout I was looking for. This house was going to have a small footprint, too many rooms would make it feel small and choppy, so it had to have an open concept. We have, what I think, is a lovely view to the south, a rolling field that heads down to the cedar bush, and I wanted to bring as much of that view into the house as possible. We wanted the house to be cost efficient to build, as well as heat and cool.
So what did we choose? We have chosen to build a passive house. A simple rectangular house with extra thick walls and a large expanse of windows on the south side. A wood stove in the middle of the house will heat it nicely on really cold days. Our house was designed by Mike Cooke of Resilient Works. I supplied Mike with some pictures and drawings and a list of what I was looking for and he went from there.