Located on the shore of the Ottawa River near Lake of Two Mountains, the Pines was designed for a couple that fell in love with the site. Using a strategy of minimal, selective tree removal, the single-family home is nestled comfortably in a beautiful forest of mostly eastern hemlock and white pine with a scattering of red oak, white birch, maple and beech trees. The house orientation takes advantage of the breathtaking views towards the water from the large windows on the river elevation. The owners of the Pines regularly host family and friends and the house was designed with a second floor to accommodate its multiple visitors while providing the owners with a more intimate wing on the ground floor. These two zones connect in the more public common areas at the heart of the house under cathedral ceilings and illuminated by an abundance of windows.