A Modern, Midcentury Inspired, House In Salt Spring Island, Canada

Modern Residence - Heather Johnston Architect - Salt Spring Island - exterior back

The Eagle Clove’s Residence by Heather Johnston Architect is a charming located in Salt Spring Island of the British Columbia Gulf Islands. The home takes blending in with the stunning landscape a step further – the wooden construction acts in accordance with the earth is rests on, rising and falling as naturally as the ground. 

Modern Residence - Heather Johnston Architect - Salt Spring Island - living room

In the thick of shrubbery and endangered species of oak trees, the midcentury style home’s front enjoys 500 feet of waterfront with breathtaking views of the ocean as well as islands in the far southern side. 

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Midcentury modern meets bohemian modern in the exterior design of this rustic getaway. Floor to ceiling windows at the home’s front grant a constant flow of natural light in addition to opening up the stunning view, while the combination wood-frame and post-and-beam rests atop a stone foundation that has been laid down in tune with the surrounding nature.

Modern Residence - Heather Johnston Architect - Salt Spring Island - living room

The home is very much in tune with nature as a whole, respectful of its surroundings while enjoying a great amount of animal and plant life, including rare species such as 400-year-old Douglas firs. 

On the inside, natural wooden hues follow the example of the exterior and similar stone from the outside is embedded into parts of the interior, forming a large part of the wall in which a fireplace rests within. Typical to midcentury modern style, the interior decor composed of natural hues create a seamless transition from inside to outdoors.

Modern Residence - Heather Johnston Architect - Salt Spring Island - corridor

In addition to the 2,600 square foot primary residence, a smaller 400 square foot guest cottage accommodates guests nearby, built as a complementary, jewel-like structure. A natural seasonal creek divides the site, where public living areas are separated from the private sleeping and living quarters by a bridge that runs above the creek. 

The residence doesn’t fall short in providing comfort and aesthetic pleasure – it’s a dream come true for any nature lover. After completion almost a decade later, the client, D. Braide, felt no different, “Not only is it a wonderful house to live in, but it’s also a joy to behold. I keep looking at it and see aspects of it that are still fresh after living in it for more than nine years. Not only does it offer continued aesthetic pleasure, but it’s incredibly convenient to live in thanks to the duality of the living spaces and other highly practical aspects of the design.”

Modern Residence - Heather Johnston Architect - Salt Spring Island - terrace
Modern Residence - Heather Johnston Architect - Salt Spring Island - exterior front
Photos: John Fulker