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Country house near Lake La Salle, Quebec

Project Details

£0.5m to £0.99M

New Build


Jflemay Architecture and Design

Jflemay Architecture and Design, Cromwell Place Co-Working , 4 Cromwell Place , London , SW7 2JE , United Kingdom

We were appointed to design the house in January 2020 with a brief including three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a separate garage. The client asked for an engineered timber structure clad in stone, covered with green roofs and certified LEED. The Client and Jflemay developed this design over three years. In the meantime, the Client’s needs evolved. In April 2023, we agreed on a smaller brief: two bedrooms, one bathroom, one large room for living and dining, and no garage. The original design had two pavilions; we kept only one, reusing the timber structure agreed with the engineer in the first phase, and extending the structure to accommodate all rooms on one storey. The simplified design retains key elements of the client’s brief from January 2020: the expressed timber structure, the accessible green roof and the ecological credential. Inside, a wood stove made of glazed tiles, of the Austrian “kachelofen” type, keeps the house warm in winter without ever posing a hazard to touch. The walls are aligned with the expressed timber beams. Outside, the house is clad in untreated cedar, which will naturally shed its colour in the sylvan environment.