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LOCATION: Palgrave, Ontario

ARCHITECT: John Hix Architect

DESIGN LEADERSHIP: Michael Poitras, Consultant-in-Charge of Design

CLIENT: Withheld


  • No. of storeys: 2
  • Ground floor area: 4,430 ft2 (412 m2)
  • Basement floor area (finished): 1,570 ft2 (146 m2)
  • Total floor area: 6,000 ft2 (558 m2)


  • Vertical tonge & groove cedar siding
  • Dry stacked stone
  • Copper roofs & soffits
  • Wood windows & doors
  • Maple hardwood floors

General Program:

  • Open concept living/dining/kitchen
  • Master bedroom/ensuite
  • 2 guest bedrooms/ensuites
  • Office/media room
  • Family room (basement)
  • Wine cellar (basement)
  • Storage (basement)
  • 2 fireplaces
  • Landscaped stone terrace & hot tub
  • Crushed granite arrival forecourt
  • 3-car garage

Cost: Withheld

Completion: 2000

25 Bruno Ridge

Set within an executive subdivision just north of Bolton, Ontario, is a picturesque seven-acre suburban site, complete with rolling hills, a two-acre forest to the west and extended views to the south.

This large, two-storey house is positioned just below a ridge, visually submerged into the ground, and thereby giving it privacy from the subdivision and adjacent access road. This house has three programmatically different wings: living/kitchen/guestrooms, master bedroom/ensuite/office and garage/shop, which, when put together, resemble the letter “T” in plan.

The meandering driveway ends at a gravel forecourt defined by low slung copper roofs with stepped soffits and stone walls with very few windows. Inside the house, from the foyer, stairs descend into a sunken living room, where floor to ceiling wood windows provide breathtaking views of the rural landscape beyond. From this open planned living area, all three wings can be accessed, as well as the stone paved terrace, at the rear of the house.

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