Spectacular views and creative architecture: there is no lack of breathtaking houses in Québec. While they are all different, these houses have one thing in common: they are all in harmony with their natural surroundings. Below are eight of these dream homes.
Îles-de-la-Madeleine: the house with a view
Located between the water and the cliffs, this house offers the most breathtaking views imaginable. You are sure to fall in love with its open-air concept and all the windows through which you can thoroughly enjoy the landscape. The cedar-shingled exterior that turns a different shade of grey depending on the season and the way the wind is blowing reminds us of houses on the Eastern Seaboard.
As you like it: the tiny house
The concept is bold. How can two, three or four people live in a house with tiny proportions? That is exactly the challenge the Québec-based Ilo Mini Maison company had in mind when it began creating homes that would minimize our environmental footprint, while providing a range of installation options for blending those homes into their surroundings. Everything is optimized to accommodate occupants’ modern-life activities in a space of 300 to 600 square feet.2
Eastern Townships: Fahouse
In perfect harmony with its natural surroundings, the Fahouse is a unique modern concept. Designed by architect Jean Verville, , this construction draws attention to the materials from which it is built rather than its furnishings and decor.
Île-Perrot: the mid-century home
Similar to a time capsule, this house pays homage to the mid-century modern style that has been made iconic by a range of Scandinavian furniture by renowned designers including Eero Saarinen, Hans Wegner, Arne Jacobsen, Borge Morgensen and Josef Frank. With its restrained architecture, eponymous of the period’s style, this Île-Perrot home has large windows left bare to let in as much natural light as possible. Read this blog to learn more about the Scandinavian style.
Laurentians: the Chic Shack
These mini lofts are both urban and in perfect harmony with nature, and they are selling like hot cakes! Minutes from Mont-Tremblant on a private estate in La Conception, Chic Shacks please nature enthusiasts and avid skiers alike. Designed in collaboration with Bonneville Industries, the architecture and selection of building materials blend perfectly with natural surroundings to preserve the visual and ecological harmony of this project, whose distinguishing feature is the posts the lofts are built on to minimize their environmental footprint.
La Malbaie: La Charbonnière
La Charbonnière combines modern architecture with rustic finishes. Its organic materials, taken directly from nature, and its soothing shades bring a clean country charm to this unique home. With the St. Lawrence River as its backdrop, the entire house—including the Finnish sauna—is angled to make the most of the view.
Wentworth-Nord: La Heronnière
Alain Carle has created a house that defies nature. The architect created a building on a very steep slope in such a way that its linear horizontal plane counteracts the neighbouring slope. The lower level contains living spaces with warm and mineral decors and textures.
Magog: the California-style house
Located in Magog, this prestigious, California-style house is truly amazing. With two ocean-blue pools as its main focal point – one of which even extends into the living room area – this otherwise contemporary house is given a tropical look by yellow and orange accents.
We have to stop here, although we could have put many other homes on our list. This is definitely a subject we need to return to soon, so we can go on dreaming.
Passionate about colour, vintage decorative elements and hand-made items, Vanessa Sicotte celebrates décor in all its splendour. Vanessa is the mastermind behind the Damask & Dentelle blog—and author of a book in the same name—where she has been sharing her favourite décor discoveries since 2009. She is also the host of Sauvez les meubles and Marché Conclu on Canal Vie. Since fall 2015, viewers can reap Vanessa’s valuable advice by watching the Marina Orsini show on ICI Radio-Canada Télé, where she is featured as décor commentator.