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 space open to nature adjoins a compact kitchen, an open staircase, and a double height ceiling. The kids’ area offers a huge storage platform under the beds, along with a reading corner nestled in a triangular alcove.
Playing with scale, the architect positioned a window on the floor of the master bedroom in order to enhance the brightness of the kitchen area below, while offering a view of the lake from the bed.
Photos by Maxime Brouillet