This 1960s A-frame cabin went through a massive rehabilitation that took it from a rundown shack into a beautiful home tailored to the needs of its owners. Architect Jean Verville collaborated with the client to create a tiny dwelling that feels much larger than it actually is, despite lopping off several hundred square feet from the floorplan.
The architect gutted the entire structure in order to create a space that rejects the monotony of the pre-established organization dictated by the form of the cabin. The new layout decreased the living area – from 947 square feet to 689 square feet – to create spaces that favor comfort and usability over sheer square footage. Now, the family can truly enjoy relaxing and being away from the bustle of everyday city life.
The new plan is rhythmic and more than compensates the loss of square footage by increasing the perception of visual depth. The living area abuts a small kitchen, an open staircase, and a double height ceiling. The children’s rooms contain below-bed storage and a reading nook in one corner.
Playing with scale, the architect placed a window on the floor of the master bedroom. This both adds to the brightness of the kitchen area and provides a view of the lake–one you can see without even getting out of bed.
Photos by Maxime Brouillet