After more than 20 years as Shadforth Lythgo builders on the Sunshine Coast, Tony and Dean are still excited to go to work each day. They love the innovations that are happening in building design and share a personal commitment to building innovation and pushing the building design envelope.
Here’s a truly innovative housing design by Llama Urban Design; a bridgehouse built in Ontario. This wooden home cleverly traverses a small ravine in the land, connecting two sides of a tree-studded valley.
The wooden home sits suspended over the forest floor and assimilates beautifully with the surrounds. Two massive beams anchored in concrete pads support the home on either side where it crosses the ravine. The structure is built from Glulam engineered timber and glass.
The house is long and narrow and measures 230 square metres. It features two main facades which face out to the valley. One side is almost fully glazed with a balcony that overlooks a lake. On the other side glazing is used to fill the gaps between the Glulam structure and the floor and looks out over the forest.
Metals stairs along the angled beams, lead to a deck on the roof. The home has entries at each end and each end is a mirror of the other containing a bedroom, bathroom and another smaller room.
The centre of the home features open-plan living, with kitchen and living area warmed by a large fireplace. A hallway runs along one side of the home, linking the spaces.
The construction is made entirely from local timbers with maple plywood panels used to cover the walls and floor.