Situated on Lake Ontario in Prince Edward County, the Ell House is a reflection of its rural surroundings. The dwelling echos the local vernacular with a pair of clean, gabled forms in an L-shaped layout. Its charred cedar cladding and black metal roof give the agrarian structure a minimalist aesthetic. The two volumes naturally divide the interior into two wings — a private side and a common one — with a glass walkway connecting them. Open living spaces and cathedral ceilings inform the inside, while white walls and pale wood ceilings contrast the shadowy exterior with a bright, airy atmosphere. The simplicity of the interior lets the focus remain on views of the lake’s blue waters and the verdant landscape.