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At Home in the Hills

The recessed, partially covered entranceway makes a smooth transition from outdoors to indoors. Photo by Pam Purves.

Patterns for Living

Mar 21, 2016 | Pam Purves

How design can make a house a home with pattern language.

An interlocking construction technique redefines the notion of prefab. Photo by Pam Purves.

What’s Bred in the Bone

Nov 25, 2015 | Pam Purves

An interlocking construction technique redefines the notion of prefab.

A green roof also helps settle the building into the landscape and contributes to a healthy indoor environment. Green roof and pond photos courtesy of owner.

A Breath of Fresh Air

Sep 11, 2015 | Pam Purves

This Mulmur house was designed from the ground up with healthy living in mind.

Additions to this stone house blend seamlessly with the original 19th-century structure. Photo by Pam Purves.

The Little House Down the Lane

Jun 16, 2015 | Pam Purves

The owner knew from the start that she wanted a small stone house and looked for two years before learning of this one from a friend in the area.

Renovations preserved the classic proportions of this Gothic Revival farmhouse. Photo by Pam Purves.

An Unexpected Country Life

Mar 23, 2015 | Pam Purves

A Sunday drive in the hills took a surprise turn, leading a Toronto couple on a delightful journey into the past.

A Timely Salvation

Nov 17, 2014 | Pam Purves

An abandoned stone church in Caledon is blessed with a second life.

The north side of the house reveals a little of the Pan-Abode structure. Photo by Pam Purves.

From Mystery to Modern

Sep 11, 2014 | Pam Purves

Solving a mystery was just the first step in transforming a tired Pan-Abode into a contemporary, eco-friendly dwelling.

The established trees shield the entrance to the house and provide natural shade where trillium, May apple and wild anemone flourish in the woodland garden.

A European Manor in the Erin Countryside

Jun 17, 2014 | Pam Purves

The established trees shield the entrance to the house and provide natural shade where trillium, May apple and wild anemone flourish in the woodland garden.

The kitchen design was influenced by the eclectic kitchens of rural southern France. Freestanding cupboards and colourful furnishings make it a lively centre for cooking and conversation. Photo by Pam Purves.

A Touch of French Countryside

Mar 23, 2014 | Pam Purves

The kitchen design was influenced by the eclectic kitchens of rural southern France.

The Gothic-style mirror is in perfect proportion to the fireplace and in keeping with the season.

Nestled on a Hockley Hillside

Nov 19, 2013 | Pam Purves

Built like a little village, this house encompasses two visions of home.

The decorative touches that set the Silver Creek schoolhouse apart from its plainer counterparts include buttresses along the side walls, a charming circular window above the main doors, and the buff-brick voussoirs that form a rounded arch above both the large side windows and the two smaller multipaned windows that flank the entrances. Buff bricks were also used to create a pattern of decorative quoins at each corner of the building.

Living with History

Sep 11, 2013 | Pam Purves

George Booth has gone back to school – at the Silver Creek schoolhouse.

The clean modern lines of the house make a strong impression while the windows reflect the seasons.

A Home Designed for Generations

Jun 17, 2013 | Pam Purves

The property had to have a swimming pond, privacy and a great view.

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