Deep in the rural heart of Ontario’s Huron County, an asymmetrical A-frame silhouette can be seen above the surrounding grass and rolling cornfields. The House on Limekiln Line takes its structural cues from the traditional style of its barn-y brethren, but the off-grid abode employs a host of modern features that ensure minimal impact, while taking maximum advantage of the amazing landscape that stretches out on all sides.
The design-build commission was a close-knit affair for Lisa Moffitt: the client was her partner’s mother; family members and local farmers and craftsmen helped construct the 925-square-foot structure; and Moffitt herself lived on-site on and off during the three-year project.
Solar roof panels generate energy used to power the entire compact spot, while water’s sourced from a well adjacent to the home (natch). Triple glazed windows are strategically placed along the steel-clad exterior to give views in all directions; when closed, they keep heat in during the chilly season, and when the weather warms up they can be opened to allow for a nice cross-breeze. The aesthetic of the interior is clean and uncluttered, with wooden window and door frames that complement the crisp white walls that stretch up to the airy, vaulted ceiling--testament to the fact that smart, efficient design can be truly livable, and beautiful.