foUl bay Residence

This residence is on the eastern shore of Foul Bay, in the southern part Victoria, BC. The home is located on a narrow property that faces across the bay, with long distance views of the ocean and Olympic Peninsula mountains.

To best capture the views, the shoreline portion of the house is twisted slightly while the rest of the house remains square to the property and to the regular patterns of the neighbourhood. This change of direction purposely orients the views more to the open waters and mountains beyond,
directly capturing evening sunsets.

Entering is through the middle of the building, creating a family, or public area, on the waterside and a private work area on the roadside of the home. This plan creates a number of different kinds of spaces, including an open great room, a separate but connected upper loft main bedroom, private guest accommodation in a lower floor that has walk out to the shoreline, and separate office space. One can move from room to room and floor to floor via a highly-detailed custom wood staircase, a stainless steel fire pole, and a ship’s ladder.

The architectural style of the Foul Bay home is a blend of contemporary West Coast style with traditional Arts and Crafts elements combined with an eclectic mix of elements and details. Different woods, stones, beach glass, and even oyster shells create a home that is complex, interesting, and engaging.

This home received the Oak Bay Council Award for Building Excellence.