Montreal-based design studio Naturehumaine transformed an unassuming gray brick-clad home into a gorgeous, double-story family retreat. Located in Quebec’s Rimouski region near Bic National Park, the revamped home takes on a completely new character with its a sleek steel and timber extension, without detracting attention from the surrounding environment. A carefully chosen color and material palette retains visual continuity between the original home and the extension.
Completed in 2015, the 3,860-square-foot (358-square-meter) home is arranged in an L-shape, with the original single-story, boxy brick structure flanked by the rectangular two-story extension. The extension comprises two volumes: a light steel, cantilevered volume and a dark timber volume, both stacked atop an exposed concrete foundation. Large glazed windows punctuate all three volumes and fill the interior with natural light and views of the forest.
Double-height spaces flooded with natural light are located at the junction point between the original volume and the extension. The interior color and materials palette, mainly made up of white-painted walls, black steel frames, natural wood, and bright blue accent walls, ties together the contemporary interior. Three bedrooms are tucked away on the top-most floor of the extension, while the ground floor is used for the communal rooms—including the living room, kitchen, game room, and dining room—which open out to an outdoor patio. The basement houses the garage, TV room, mechanical rooms, and extra storage.
Images via Naturehumaine, © Adrien Williams