Glass House

Designed by William Cody in 1967, merging international style minimalism with the indoor outdoor way of living in Palm Springs during the mid-century. Cody is quoted as the "Master Of Thin" due to his iconic use of lightweight steel structures. 

Lance O'Donnel House

While attending Modernism Week in Palm Springs, we were invited to stay with our good friends Pam and Lyle in their LEED Platinum home. When not touring, we enjoyed early morning swims in the salt water pool and late afternoons watching the sun go down behind the nearby mountains.

Desert Palisades Guardhouse

The Gateway to the Palisades newly developed community, designed to create tension between the concrete and steel building and the natural boulders in the landscape. 

O2 House

This Lance O'Donnel designed house built in 2017 is integrated seamlessly into the desert Palisades topography while taking an environmentally sensitive approach to architecture. 

Beadle House

Originally designed by Al Beadle in the 1970s, the project was built in 2016 after the house plans were recovered from the Arizona State University and was brought to realization with the collaboration of Lance O'Donnel and Better Built Inc. to comply with the Palm Springs building regulation. 

Kaufman desert House

Designed by Richard Neutra in 1946 to connect with the desert landscape and temper the climate and was voted one of the top ten buildings in Los Angeles despite being located in Palm Springs. 

Wexler House

The original 1200 square foot post and beam house was built by and for Donald Wexler in 1953 with the intention that it could be expanded as his family grew. 

Alexander Steel Houses

In 1962, Donald Wexler and Ric Harrison designed a series of 7 dessert suited affordable houses completely out of steel and glass. The houses were built with an early pre-fab assembly combination of in factory and on site composision. 

Frank Sinatra House

Designed by architect E. Stewart Williams, Sinatra originally wanted a Georgian style design with columns. However, Williams was able to persuade Sinatra with renderings of a "dessert appropriate" house composed of long horizontal lines and non-traditional building materials. 

Frey House II

After looking up at the mountains for 25 years, in 1963 -64 Albert Frey built what was once the highest elevated home in Palm Springs (a feat. to later be taken by the Bob Hope house by John Lautner). The house was only 800 square feet, the design precedence being to emulate the compact nature of a ship, including built-in seating, cabinets, drafting/dining surface and bed unit. Along with the use of materials and passive systems, the house was also famous for the large boulder built into the bedroom. 

Lautner Hotel

Originally designed in 1947 as a planned community of over 100 dwellings for Lucien Hubbard, only the 4 unit prototype and pool was built. There was a history of owners and a 20 year period where it sat vacant. The current owners purchased the building in 2007 and have restored the building to its original condition. They received the approval of the Lautner Foundation to rename the building as Hotel Lautner in honour of the designer. 

Haliburton Forest Wolf Centre

 

Quinn (tan), pup, Luna (Grey), Alfa and Onyx (Black), Alfa, playing after an afternoon nap. 

Sir Sam's Snowboard Ontario Speed Series 

A weekend at Sir Sam's Ski Hill, taking in the Snowboard Cross Competition.

Forest Festival

Jumping Rocks

Cedar Strip Canoe

SUNRAY

Breaking Water

The first swim of the season, whether wading in on the sandy beach or running dive off the dock, we just can't wait to get back into our favourite lake.

Sun Up, Sun Down

Who wouldn't rather be in a deep sleep at 6:00 am? Those of us who prefer getting up early to welcome the first appearance of daylight over the still lake.

Sun sets are a rare landscape in urban environments, where at the lake, its an inherant spectacle every evening.