Horne Lake Timber Frame Project Listed for Sale
Custom timber frame home on a quiet private lake, completely off-grid
NANAIMO, BC – This combined 4-lot property with more than 90,000 sq. ft. of private waterfront living, entirely off-grid, features a 1,700 square foot custom designed Douglas Fir home by acclaimed Island Timber Frame company. Adjacent to the timber frame home is a spacious 600 sq. ft. 2-bedroon “Guest House” privately tucked away for guests and extended family visitors, with a balcony that extends over the trees to look onto the lake. This unique home, built by the current owner, is a reflection of simple living. Special attention was paid towards using locally sourced products and labor and ensuring the off-the-grid technology was simple and reliable, so that you would never notice you were off-grid.
“We have always liked lake front living and came upon a rare opportunity to purchase four side-by-side south facing water front lots on this private lake.” Said the current owner. “We have always loved the look of the west coast style timber frame houses.”
The main timber frame home boasts 9 foot ceilings supported with a beautifully crafted ridge beam structure. Alder flooring compliments the natural tones of the home with a warm feeling throughout, while accents of maple can be found on the custom built-in cabinetry throughout each room. Remarkable detail is showcased in the solid fir doors that allow access to each private room and the custom spiraling fir staircase that connects each floor.
When asked about the stairway, “A three story stairway takes up a lot of space so we decided to feature it by placing the structure lake-side behind a custom built two story window. The stairs spiral around a large 25-foot Douglas fir center post with fir treads and custom hand rails. The whole stairway was built, then disassembled and brought to site for installation, which had it’s own challenges but the end product is stunning.”
Every inch of this home was thoroughly planned in detail, including how to optimize the overall design for Passive Solar living. This truly off-grid home is powered by solar, with the convenience of a propane gas generator when needed, that remains simple yet eco-friendly and entirely self-sufficient. The whole house is built on a reliable and simple system that is easy to maintain and monitor both while at the home, and away (from the internet), and makes living off-grid feel incredibly easy. Be one of the only exclusive residents to own such an expansive lot size.
When asked specifically about what made the owners think about solar as an option, “It took several years to plan and design the house and landscape to make sure we accounted for everything. The south facing property was ideal for harvesting solar energy so we decided to go with off grid technology.” Making a commitment to off-grid living was a relatively easy decision, “We live a lifestyle where we do not waste energy while having the same comfort as anyone else on the grid. The power systems are easy to use and we set it up so we can monitor the various systems remotely on the web when we are away from the house.”
This home is being listed by VPG REALTY INC. (Vancouver) in cooperation with Royal LePage of the Comox Valley. The home is currently listed at $2,400,000 CDN
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