Construction began on Croft Farm Cottage in the Spring of 2016. The dream and preparations began much earlier. We hoped to serve as host for guests to experience small scale home farming.
As with Croft Farm, we wanted to build a cottage that straightaway would display the Latin maxim of ‘magnum in parvo’ - ‘the big in the little’ or ‘the great in the small’. We sought, moreover, to incorporate the best of old world charm with new world efficiencies…and to do so ecologically.
This hammer-beam timber frame cottage has a small footprint of 20 feet by 30 feet which nonetheless provides a spacious living area of 850 square feet. The open concept floorpan is fulfilled with a vaulted ceiling great room, a country kitchen, a roomy bath, and a loft bedroom. The plentiful windows keep a light and airy space.
The entire timber frame is visible. The mass of posts and beams evoke the enchanting allure of ancient castles and cathedrals. Your time away will feel legendary. This building, though, unlike castles past, won’t have you suffering the draughty dark of ages. The Croft Farm Cottage is a state-of-the-art demonstration of energy-conscious construction.
Unlike ancient timbered buildings, the walls and roof about the timber frame are energy-efficient structural insulated panels (SIPs) with high R-values. A passive house design, the cottage assures a living space using minimal energy to heat and cool. The concrete floor is heavily insulated, as well, and hides the main heating system - hydronic in-floor heating assures comfort from the ground up. To add to the charm and to supplement heat, if desired, a gas Victorian fireplace graces the great room. Fresh air is constant, and little heat is lost to the outside, with the heat-recovery ventilation (HRV) system.
The building exterior incorporates the durability and aesthetics of stone-accented stucco walls and a standing seam metal roof. The cottage will have a private courtyard, a deck, and a garden space for outdoor enjoyment.
When open, Croft Farm Cottage will be a romantic and healthful holiday getaway for up to four guests. Our location in the Comox Valley, cradled between the mountains and the sea, is an ideal setting for a complete vacation, whether your interests be outer or inner explorations. We hope Croft Farm Cottage will serve as a restorative retreat and an opportunity to see and dream the possibilities and promises of home farming.
If you are looking for a farm stay where you can fall in love with life over and over again, let Croft Farm be your come-to place.