Collection by Kelly Dawson

A Quebec Vacation Home Uses Natural Materials to Blend with the Landscape


Lakeside views influence a property’s low-impact design.

When architect Eric Tremblay of Boom Town was asked to construct this home in Harrington, Quebec, he was already familiar with the clients. He had recently completed a renovation of the couple’s Montreal apartment and now they were picturing a secluded vacation home that Tremblay would build from scratch. “We found this beautiful land bordering the lake with majestic cedars,” he said, and the site became the basis for a minimally intrusive design. Tremblay used the slope of the ground to influence the home’s six connecting layers, which unfold to a ground level that opens directly to the lake. The property is intended for two, but since the owners are new grandparents, it is also a place meant to entertain family and friends.

“The site was beautiful as it is,” architect Eric Tremblay said, and he wanted to build a home that had the least...
While the homeowners and their guests have plenty of opportunities to view the outdoors, thanks in large part to...
Tremblay chose materials that would reflect the natural setting, like the Polylam-C cedar siding from Prorez, used at...
Low-impact materials were also used for the interior design, which is comprised primarily of concrete, glass, stone,...
Continuity of exterior and interior materials can be seen in the living room, which is framed by the same Prorez cedar...
Raw wood planks were painted white and fitted next to a staircase and banister by Bättig Design.
“The roof terrace accessed from the master bedroom is the sunniest place, naturally,” said Tremblay.
An Emily quartz bathtub by Caml-Tomlin is surrounded by Ceragres’ fade and frammenti tile.
“Riftcut oak panels are used in woodworking and on some kitchen walls,” said Tremblay.
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