ERA Architects

Collingwood Farm

This Collingwood farmhouse was built on the site of a former 1950s ski-chalet located within the grounds of a private rural farmstead. Our client set the brief of creating a new modern family home; large enough to accommodate their growing family, yet small enough to appear fitting and sympathetic to the surrounding landscape and its neighbouring agricultural buildings.

Located within the Niagara Escarpment Conversation District, the project went through a very rigorous approval process. Arriving at a suitable design solution involved a collaborative process between ERA, the client and the municipal authorities.

The design goal for this project was to ensure the house would blend in with the rural character of the surrounding farming community while providing a clean, modern, and comfortable environment.  As traditional farm houses of Collingwood reflect a response the region’s rugged landscape and heavy snow falls, we set out to engage the landscape and capture an authentic ‘farm-cottage’ feel both inside & out.

We achieved this goal by selecting a limited palette of materials, drawing influence from the neighbouring buildings. Painted board and batten were chosen as a modern nod to the historic barns and horse sheds. Locally sourced stone for the foundation & chimneys was selected to root the structure in the style of the local farmhouse typology. The roof was finished in cedar shingles to capture the rustic farmhouse feel.

ERA was responsible for all architectural aspects of the project including lighting design as well as full interior fit out. This included the design of kitchens, bathrooms, wall treatments (in wood), all built-in millwork and three unique fireplace surrounds.

Photography courtesy of Vik Pahwa