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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photos by Maxime Brouillet

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Green renovation, A-frame cabin, Fahouse, Jean Verville architecte, Canada, cabin, green architecture, rehabilitation, storage space, staircase

Green renovation, A-frame cabin, Fahouse, Jean Verville architecte, Canada, cabin, green architecture, rehabilitation, storage space, staircase

Green renovation, A-frame cabin, Fahouse, Jean Verville architecte, Canada, cabin, green architecture, rehabilitation, storage space, staircase