The Villain House

Snaking around a central courtyard and wrapped in floor-to-ceiling glass this monochromatic home dubbed ‘The Villain House’ is a refined four season retreat for the avant-garde entertainer. 


Residential Design


3,400 sq. ft.
3 Bedroom
2.5 Bathroom
New Build


INDA & Homeowners


Craft Photo and Video – Simon Tingle

Located a few hundred meters from the shores of Buckhorn Lake in the Kawarthas on a large heavily forested lot meant taking a different approach with the site layout. With almost two acres of land to play with we decided to place the home at the back of the property leaving a large area of trees to give the house privacy from the street. From there we positioned a courtyard in the center of the property with the house wrapping around the east, west and north sides, leaving the southern end of the courtyard exposed to the sun. 

The eastern side of the home encapsulates public spaces such as the formal entry, kitchen, living and dining room. While the western half of the home incorporates private spaces like the primary bedroom suite and adjacent guest bedrooms. The two halves are adjoined by a two car garage and breezeway. 

Our clients wanted a dark exterior from day one, although unusual to work with such a monochromatic color scheme, when set amongst the forest it creates a strong juxtaposition that you wouldn’t get in an urban setting. The dark palette is highlighted by a charcoal brick, horizontal wood siding and aluminum accents. The same dark and moody color palette that warranted the nickname ‘The Villain House’ is carried on the inside the home with tasteful interior design provided by the homeowners.