This home on the shores of Lake Memphremagog, Canada/USA, was designed for a couple who love nature and music and wanted an open living area, where gastronomy and good dishes are prepared in direct relation to nature and the lake. That’s why the three main unifying elements of the project are the kitchen, the dining table and the piano.
The clients demonstrated their desire to return to a balanced lifestyle, simple technologies, and materials requiring little maintenance. Thus, the house is distinguished by a reduced footprint, the absence of a complex mechanical system and its vernacular approach. No traditional HVAC system is installed in the residence. Only passive principles are proposed to ensure proper ventilation and solar gain control.
The use of local materials, such as reclaimed barn boards that make up the built-in furniture and the central staircase, provide a direct link to rural buildings that are proof of longevity and durability. Recycled from the agrarian walls of the surroundings, the polished stone floor paving covers the entire ground level and acts as thermal mass.
The decor is done in minimalist way, there is much negative space to make the rooms feel spacious and airy, comfort and simplicity were the main concerns during decorating. There’s very comfortable furniture in modern and minimalist style, the bedroom is rather private, located on the upper floor with a small window. The bathroom features a cool architectural bathtub and amazing views: the glazing is located to keep privacy. This gorgeous inviting home is a chic space for nature lovers and is decorated with impeccable taste.