Riverview House.

Completion date: 2019


Design: Ardington and Associates Design inc.

Interior Design: SO Interiors

Consultants: Valley Engineering

Builder: Maple Leaf Custom Homes





After raising their family in a riverside bungalow, two empty nesters committed to remove it and build their dream home in this dream location on the Ottawa River. An imaginative design takes advantage of spectacular views to downtown and adds a fully-equipped floor designed to host their grown children and their families for extended visits.

The modern profile sees a series of complementary volumes, light-filled boxes with windows oriented toward the prime views. A façade of subtle greys is maintenance free, highlighting galvanized steel in a wood finish and stucco concrete bricks. A discreet privacy wall at the entrance shades a modest courtyard.

Because the land slopes to the river, a smart split-level design maximizes views on the main floor while ensuring the grade-level “basement” also boasts floor-to-ceiling windows. An open, two-storey entrance provides a dramatic welcome, the modern stairs with glass railings ensuring light flows through. The main floor showcases a sleek kitchen with an adjoining space that can be used as a casual dining or living room. A double-sided fireplace carries through three floors, including the terrace level, adding warmth and dividing spaces. The terrace level showcases a flexible entertaining room and a 600-square-foot rooftop deck of sustainable thermo-treated ash, the glass railings allowing for unimpeded views.

Energy-saving features abound, with passive-rated windows crafted in Austria ensuring maximum views and exceptional energy efficiency, while radiant heating integrated into the polished concrete floor on the grade level keeps the surroundings comfortable year-round. A glass railing in the kitchen-living area allows heat to permeate the main floor while also ensuring the walkout level feels open and connected. Extra rigid insulation completes the energy-efficiency picture.

The new home accomplishes all the owners wished for: sweeping views, a mix of private and gathering spaces, and multiple ways to connect to the outside..