The original property consisted of 6 lots, a small residence and attached boat house directly on the Galien river. Although the house was beyond repair, the boat house did show some potential and was saved to later become an observation deck and pool change room. The new home was constructed further up the property from the boat house due to site restrictions. The project objective was to create a second home to serve as a retreat from the city and offer a place to entertain and relax. The house has a second level at both ends, each separately accessible by a lighted glass tread stair. The north stair extends from the lower level up 4 floors to the observation deck which overlooks the river. The chimneys of the four fireplaces help bring a vertical element to the horizontal mass of the main structure while the large barrel roof softens and contrasts the geometry of the north structure. Although the house is expansive, small purposeful interior spaces create a sense of intimacy and scale. Heated leather floors, switch lite glass and riftsawn white oak ceilings are just a few of the details throughout. A full indoor/outdoor bar and infinity edge pool are strong focal points for entertaining in this river front home.