Kincardine, ON

Penetangore House


A couple were retiring and saw the opportunity to downsize from Toronto to a more active and relaxed lifestyle in Kincardine. This would be the first time they had the chance to build a home from scratch, and each had their own vision of what that might look like – one was inspired by traditional east coast aesthetics, the other modern architecture. They both agreed this was a chance to reduce their carbon footprint.


On one side of the minimalist design, a pitched roof with cedar cladding is reminiscent of a traditional east coast aesthetic, while the other side features a flat roof and metal cladding, modern touches. The two styles converge into a 1,700 sq. ft. home where guests are immediately welcomed into the minimalist interior with unobstructed views of the striking blue waters of Lake Huron.  The three-storey design has two bedrooms, full bathroom and a studio space for the owner’s small business on the upper level, with a separate entrance to the studio from the large upper patio.  On the main level is an office area, living room, mudroom and large kitchen, surrounded by a wraparound patio. The lower level is a workshop, with doors that open directly into the garden.


Cross ventilation was designed into the house for natural cooling during warm summer months, with a wood burning fireplace to offset heating costs during the winter months. This is supported by a geothermal heating and cooling system. The envelope of the house is designed above code for R-value, spray foam insulations (2” design, 1” installed). The west facing windows towards the lake are triple glazed which contributes to a higher R-value, and quieter for the couple. We used locally sourced cedar on the exterior and fiberglass windows instead of vinyl. The design supports solar panels, ready to hook up when the owners are ready to make this investment.


Architecture, Interior Design, Mechanical Engineering



Team Leaders

Drew Hauser
Liz Gabaldo
David Riley

Partners & sub consultants

The Engineering Company — Structural
Cobide Engineering — Civil
Domm Construction — Contractor
Scavolini — Kitchen, Closets and Vanities


2,250 SQ. FT.