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Project of the Week: The Butterfly House by Kevin Vallely Design
Location: North Vancouver, BC
Photos: Peter Powles
We’re all aflutter over this Butterfly House by Kevin Vallely Design. And we’re not the only ones. This quintessentially West Coast contemporary home that backs into a lushly forested ravine has been getting rave reviews from far and wide. Among the many standout features is the unique inverted roof (re: “Butterfly” House). As well, there’s the large retractable glazed wall in the rear, which opens up to the stunning backyard gorge. But as Kevin Vallely explains, the biggest conversation starter so far has been “the simple strong form of the building and the warmth of its siding.”
Speaking of, the entire building is clad in western red cedar siding.
“It defines the home,” says Vallely. “Western Red Cedar, as a building material, allowed the designer to pay respect to the tenets of modern architecture while still maintaining a regional character to the building.”
Not only that, but considering the home is nestled in a coastal suburb of British Columbia, the siding had to perform well under rainy conditions.
“Western Red Cedar is perfectly suited to the wet climate of North Vancouver,” says Vallely, adding, “and the natural beauty of the material made it an easy choice.
Siding Type: Tongue & Groove (Channel) Siding
Grade: VG Clear Cedar
Applied Finnish: clear stain