A traditionally styled home for a young family with two children, situated next to a river in a leafy suburb of a large city. The river is the backdrop for the home’s outstanding feature: extensive fenestration in the rear of the building providing spectacular views of a wonderful backyard that slopes down to the water. The architecture of the home’s two floors plus basement is classically Canadian, while its interior design is modern with high ceilings and many contemporary touches. There is a large, open-plan kitchen that leads through to the dining room and oversized living room. The backyard and expansive deck are sheltered from neighbors by tree coverage, giving the occupants the impression that they are living in the countryside.