One family in Quebec knows how to do self-sufficiency in style. This off-grid home in Quebec, Canada features big bay windows that extend into a small greenhouse. Alain Carle Architecte designed the building, named La Héronnière, using recycled materials and sustainable technologies such as photovoltaic panels which supply the house with energy.
The owners commissioned the architect to design an off-the-grid refuge which wouldn’t have a magnetic field or wireless communication protocol, but should be completely self-sufficient in terms of energy usage. Among the requirements was the use of materials free of volatile organic compounds, ensuring a completely healthy living environment.
The architect used reclaimed materials, such as the wood from a garage door and a removable fence, throughout the house. All the energy requirements are met by an array of solar panels and stored energy can be used during colder months. Stylish details and thoughtfully-designed spaces combine functionality, minimalist aesthetics and sustainability.
Photos by Adrien Williams