City Homes

June 26, 2023

A Landscape Designer And His Wife Build Their Dream Home In Oakville, Ont.

This newly built minimalist house belonging to George and Marta Coito makes an epic statement. From the front door, the sight line goes beyond the physical reaches of the interiors straight to the backyard’s green vista. There, a sensational pool — with a perimeter negative edge that’s flush with the patio — reads like glass. Yews, wispy Japanese forest grass and a sculptural Norway spruce meander around the pool, pavilion and outdoor kitchen. Oh, and the entire view is filtered through a two-storey-tall European beech tree that grows in the home’s courtyard.

Is it any surprise that George Coito is a prominent landscape designer? “We work on some of the most exquisite properties in Toronto,” says George, president of Coivic Contracting and principal of Bosque Landscape Architecture alongside co-founder Tina McMullen. “This house has been the culmination of years of working with the best builders, landscape designers and architects in the city.

They bought a property with an existing side-split house. Owned by the same family since the 1960s, it sat on a generous 100- by 160-foot lot, but it had a quirk. “The neighboring house directly behind was 10 to 12 feet higher than street level, so our driveway ramped up quite high,” says George. This made it perfect for creating an underground garage, which became a key design feature. The garage was placed underneath the backyard and courtyard so that it didn’t eat up too much space for the house itself. As for the original side-split, it was razed.

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Author: Iris Benaroia

Younes Bouhnar, Amanda Large, Alex Lukey


Architecture and Interior Design by Vanessa Fong

Landscape Design by George Coito