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Originally from South Africa, this client wished her new property to be one with the landscape of British Columbia. The 16-acre lakefront ranch near Merritt, BC was purchased to be a home for her and her horses. The house has a green roof, so from the outside, it looks as if it's part of its surroundings. Yet inside, it has 8,000 square feet (745 square metres) of living space.

Working with the architect, we were able to design all the internal elements. To create a home that felt harmonious with its surroundings, we worked with locally sourced, natural materials, such as wood, slate and stack stone. We created a true cook's kitchen, allowing the client the space and place to enjoy her love of food, and extended the cooking opportunities to the outside, with an outdoor kitchen and barbecue. Even the swimming pool is visually integrated and feels part of the surroundings, for a home with a true sense of place.

“We truly did build our dream home — it is unique, spiritual and beautiful.”