On the rugged, windswept coast of New Brunswick, Canada, a new house by Acre Architects perches atop a rocky outcropping, overlooking the Bay of Fundy, where the water levels can change 26 feet between high and low tide. With subtle nautical references and a material palette that defers to the vernacular tradition of the area, the Sheds of Charlotte County, as the residence is called, reflects both the maritime context and the owners’ interests.

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Inspired by an old gabled fishing shed—which, clad in weathered eastern cedar shingles and located just across the narrow causeway from the site, belonged to the client’s father—the wood and steel-frame house is broken into three volumes or “sheds,” each with a distinct program and aesthetic. “One of the client’s initial requests to us was that it didn’t feel like a giant summer home, and that it was more knitted into the community,” says Stephen Kopp, who cofounded Acre Architects with Monica Adair in 2010 in Saint John, New Brunswick.

The architects, who are married, situated the open-plan kitchen, dining, and living room in the main shed, notable for its 20-foot-tall cathedral ceiling, whitewashed oak flooring, bright white walls, and floor-to-ceiling windows facing the bay. A large triangular window, nestled beneath the apex of the gabled roof, rises above a fireplace. Just outside, an outdoor kitchen on the large, stone-paved patio provides another place for communal gatherings. “Looking out over the bay, this cove feels like being on the bridge of a ship,” says Adair.

Entryway, photo © Doublespace Photography

A passageway at the front entrance connects the main structure with the more intimate Crow Island shed, named for a nearby island. Warm western cedar planks wrap the walls and ceiling—with the exception of one wall, where silvery eastern cedar shingles cladding the house’s exterior extend inside.

The Crow Island shed, with still darker millwork and navy interior walls, contains the master and guest bedrooms, a laundry room, and a bar and lounge. A second patio separates the Crow Island shed from the third volume: the guest cottage. It contains the garage, another spare bedroom, and an office/sewing room on the lower level, while upstairs is “the kids’ place, gone wild,” says Adair. Individual curtained bunks for the couple’s three children each have their own skylight and built-in storage areas. This shed’s interiors are all spruce, which is very much a New Brunswick camp tradition, explain the architects. “This volume feels like a playhouse, while the living room is more about entertaining,” says Adair.

To Adair and Kopp, this project represented more than meeting a client’s needs. “We’re interested in reinterpreting the way Atlantic Canada is being shaped and understood in terms of architecture connecting to place,” says Adair.



Acre Architects, 87 Canterbury Street, Suite 301, Saint John, NB E2L 2C7, (506) 658-9679, www.theacre.ca


Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:

Monica Adair, Architect, AANB, MRAIC, LEED AP, Stephen Kopp, Architect, AANB, MRAIC, LEED AP,

Design Team: Jill Higgins, Architect, AANB, Kale Harper, Intern Architect, AANB, Alicia Halas, Technologist


Architect of record:

Monica Adair, Acre Architects, 87 Canterbury Street, Saint John NB, www.theacre.ca


Interior designer:

Acre Architects



Structural: Mayberry Engineering Ltd


General contractor:

Rob Roy Builders Inc.



Younes Bounhar of Doublespace Photography


Structural System

Manufacturer of any structural components unique to this project:

Milltown Fabricators


Exterior Cladding

Wall Assembly No. 1

Eastern White Cedar Shingles with Lifetime Treatment

Rain Screen: Rigid Ventgrid

Air Barrier: Vaposhield Air Barrier

Sheathing: Zip System R-Sheathing


Wall Assembly No. 2

Horizontal Wood Siding “Neo”: Fraser Siding

Rain Screen: Rigid Ventgrid

Air Barrier: Vaposhield Air Barrier

Sheathing: Zip System R-Sheathing


Wall Assembly No. 3

Limestone Veneer: Brunswick Limestone

Rain Screen: Rigid Ventgrid

Air Barrier: Vaposhield Air Barrier

Sheathing: Zip System R-Sheathing



Built-up roofing No. 1

Eastern White Cedar Shingles with Lifetime Treatment

Waterproofing Membrane Layer 1: Titanium

Waterproofing Membrane Layer 2: Grace Ultra S.A.

Sheathing: Zip System R-Sheathing

Engineered Roof Truss


Built-up roofing No. 2

Standing Seam Metal Roof

Waterproofing Membrane Layer 1: Titanium

Waterproofing Membrane Layer 2: Grace Ultra S.A.

Sheathing: Zip System R-Sheathing

Engineered Roof Truss




Wood frame: Marvin Windows & Doors



Skylights: Velux



Entrances: Marvin Windows & Doors

Wood doors: Marvin Windows & Doors

Sliding doors: Marvin Windows & Doors

Retractable Screen: Phantom Screen



Locksets: Emtek

Pulls: Emtek


Interior Finishes

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Queenstown Industries

Paints and stains:

Designer White: Pratt & Lambert

Black: Benjamin Moore

Hidden Sapphire: Benjamin Moore

Paneling: Fraser: Milled Western Cedar Wood Cladding

Solid surfacing:

Engineered Hardwood Oak Flooring: Moncer

Milled Spruce Wood Flooring

Floor and wall tile: Burlington Ceramic Floor Tile: CIOT

Stone Flooring: Limestone: Brunswick Limestone

Special interior finishes unique to this project:

Brass Threshold

Custom Blackened Steel Fireplace: Palmer Fabrications



Office furniture:


Bacco Dining Chairs: Omar De Biaggio

Lollygagger Lounge Chairs: Loll Designs

Tables: Art Propeller Coffee Table: Timothy Oulton

Upholstery: Divina Melange: Kvadrat

Other furniture:

Leather Sectional: Timothy Oulton

Wood Slab Dining Table: Redwood Burl

Principal Bedroom Side Tables: Redwood Burl

Principal Bedroom Rug: Roche Bobois

Principal Bedroom Wood Stove: Wittus



Interior ambient lighting:

Highline Focus: SAAS Instruments

Highline Wide: SAAS Instruments

Highline Step: SAAAS Instruments

Surf Micro Wall: Artemide

Sutton Double Sconce: Restoration Hardware

Massenet Sconce: Restoration Hardware

C.1910 Reflector Sconce: Restoration Hardware

Gaslight Lens Grand: Restoration Hardware

Irving Sconce: Restoration Hardware

E27 Hanging Pendant: Muuto

Round Bulkhead Light Large: Design Within Reach

Downlights: 4” Slim LED Indirect: Liteline

Tasklighting: Discuri Table Lamp: Y Lighting

Exterior: Hyve 22: In-Lite

Caged Outdoor Sconce: RAB Lighting

Dimming system or other lighting controls: Controls: Lutron



Undermount Integral Sink: Caesasarstone

Tara Classic Single Lever Faucet: Dornbracht

Tara Classic Hand Spray: Dornbracht

Tara Deck Mount Soap Dispenser: Dornbracht

Tara Ultra Potfiller: Dornbracht

Integral Stone Sink: Caesarstone

Legato High-Efficiency One-Piece Toilet: Toto

Croma Showerhead & Wallbar: Hansgrohe

Verticyl Rectangular Undermount: Kohler

Metris S Wall-Mount Faucet: Hansgrohe



Add any additional building components or special equipment that made a significant contribution to this project:  Geothermal Heat Pump System: Waterfurnace