House Of The Hill
House Of The Hill - Vaughan, Ontario
5000 SF home
3 car garage
1 acre parcel
970 SF infinity cedar deck
915 SF terrace above garage
10’ ceilings on lower level
10’ to 16’ ceilings on upper level
Geothermal in ground source heating system
Combo Stucco/brick/cedar exterior finishes
Solid Maple Hardwood flooring
Oversized Statuario Porcelain flooring
New Calcutta Marble bathrooms upper level
Porcelain tile bathrooms lower level
Possible in-law suites on lower levels
Heated floors at entry
Natural stone counter on main island in kitchen
Caesarstone counters in all baths and basement kitchens
Walk outs throughout the home
Zen like Cedar decking at entry and side walkway
Professionally landscaped tiered retaining wall
Paths to lookouts in the forest
The architectural design and style for “The House Of The Hill” was inspired by an American architect, interior designer, writer, and educator; the renown, Frank Lloyd Wright. His architectural design was defined as pure art. He believed in designing structures that were in harmony with humanity and its environment; a philosophy he called “Organic Architecture”. This philosophy was applied to all of our architectural projects especially this unique, and exquisite luxury home. One of our favorite quotes ever written was by Frank Llyod Wright was the inspiration in naming this project: “The House Of The Hill”
“No house should ever be on a hill or anything. It should be of the hill, belonging to it. Hill and house should live together, each the happier for the other”- Frank Lloyd Wright
4599 Langstaff - Interior Design
The House Of The Hill is a true statement of Organic Architecture. Both the Designer and Builder were inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's Architecture and succeeded to achieve a house that exemplifies “harmony with humanity”.
The house simply breathes. It inhales its surroundings by spreading its wings. Much like a bird, the house is perched proudly at the top of a hill, cocooned on one acre of Humber Valley Green space. It is an escape amongst the congestion that is commonly found in Vaughan today.
Its 5000 SF interior cannot hide from the suns warming rays. Each window was strategically placed to take advantage of every hour of our treasured Canadian sunlight.
The exterior of the house projects masculinity. It is a very handsome house. We used graceful sweeping rooflines to slice elegantly into nature. The materials were thoughtfully placed to create balance and draw attention to the front entrance. All materials are textural and natural to reflect the outdoors. Two colours were used on the façade to define the architecture. The charcoal brick, being the most prominent colour, demands your attention and the gray stucco acts as a secondary supporting element. When we use only one colour in architecture, the shapes of architecture blend one into the other and the celebration of the shape becomes lost. When we use two colours, the shapes become more defined and the architecture is portrayed at its best. Cedar accents were used for enhancement; and the houses' hat wears a metal roof which will stand the test of time.
The front door is quietly and elegantly protected under the main middle peak which is a cube of glass carved out from a block of space. It does not boast or rule inappropriately “here I am”. Rather, it gently and elegantly guides your eye to its location.
Once we open the front door we are surprised by the polished Statuario slabs of white. The oversized high gloss white floors provide a beautifully feminine contrast to the house’s masculine protective exterior. The interior is a combination of delicate, rough, and natural elements. The juxtaposition is exciting and overwhelming. The outdoors is carried in and up by the two storey brick wall in the spacious front entrance. The brick immediately carries your eye up the modern white sculptural staircase. The glass railing disappears and is meant not to be noticed. Once you peek your head above to the main nest you are immediately drawn to the cedar cladded fireplace which stands vertically out of the norm. The sharp cube natural stone slab surround on the fireplace is a surprise to the rough stone cantilevered hearth. The verticality of the fireplace contrasts the horizontal detailing found on the cedar cladding and is framed by two picture windows which draws your eye up to the two storey ceiling and exposed wood beams. Clerestory windows peek- a- boo to the sky. Three over scaled globe lighting fixtures are suspended above the large open staircase and act as an unexpected retro surprise.
A grey paneled cube floats in the middle of the upper floor. The kitchen cupboards disappear into the cube walls. The powder room, pantry and laundry room are elegantly hidden behind doors.
The various skylights throughout the upper level provide a picture frame opening to the crisp blue skies above.
The space is fresh, open and airy. A stunning natural stone slab island with a dream sink and brushed gold accents set off the kitchen in a warm crisp manner. It's impact is so dynamic that it allowed the kitchen to become the main focus. Behind the island the cook top is framed by a brushed gold metal hood. The tall cabinetry sets off the soaring ceilings from the front to the back of the house. The kitchen is centrally placed and acts as an entertainer’s dream, with a curtain wall of windows overlooking a 915 SF walk-out terrace above the garage.
On the terrace one can enjoy the outdoor cooking zone, large eating area and luxurious lounge space where you can warm your hands towards an outdoor gas fire.
In the master and main bedroom you will find engineered maple hardwood flooring. Both bedrooms occupy walk in closets with custom organizers. The master and main bathrooms are luxuriously outlined with new Calcutta marble and marble mosaic accents. The master bed sits proudly in front of a faux fur paneled wall. The main bedroom has two walkout doors that lead to the expansive back deck which spans the entire length of the back of the house all the way to the foot of the forest.
The lower level can satisfy a variety of preferences. Also flanked with maple hardwood flooring, it provides 3 extra bedrooms each with their own bathroom and closet. One area can pose as a Nanny/In-law suite with private kitchen and laundry. The bar and recreation room/lounge area is located off the interior access of the garage. The lower level offers a variety of options built to suit your personal needs.
The House Of The Hill is not just a home, it is a sanctuary. At the end of the day it’s quite a place to call “home”.
The House Of The Hill, has a Geothermal System; built on the foundation of leading edge technology. 4599 Langstaff has taken no side position when it comes to basic building functions. Geothermal Technology has been implemented as the principal source of Heating and Cooling for this exciting new home. With the geothermal technology, heat energy is moved to and from the earth to heat and cool the interior environment. Compared to ordinary systems, geothermal technology is 60% more efficient, providing the safest, cleanest and most reliable space conditioning system that is available in today's market.
With design technology consisting of 4 – 1-1/4 inch wells embedded into 400 feet of earth all interconnected, these wells generate enough ground source to run the heat exchanger system without the need of natural gas and/ or exterior A/C condensers. This system has also been designed to accommodate the radiant in-floor heating for the principal residence.
The interior of the house does not end at the exterior shell. The “Pièce de Résistance” of this house is the visual extension to the living space, or the “infinity deck.” This 970sqft deck gives you a feeling of peace, tranquility and romance. It is a natural branch that spreads the house to its bucolic surroundings leading to magical paths and cantilevered platforms amongst the tree tops. It is most definitely the oasis where the home owner immerses tranquility while exposing themselves to youthful energy.
“The home is an emotional concept as much as a physical, serviced structure”
- Terence Conran - English designer and restaurateur