In the icy Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada, snowy winters demand that all abodes be cozy and warm. For one local carpenter seeking a first home, that meant building a winter-worthy sanctuary with his own two hands. Clad in raw Hemlock pine, the aptly christened “Wood Duck” is a modern cabin designed to beat the wintry chill.
Three large rectangular windows cover the home’s south-facing wall, catching the sun’s rays while providing a breathtaking view of the river and ski mountain beyond. The home’s double-height living room also accommodates an old wood-burning stove, its metal chimney rising two stories to the roof. The ground floor kitchen has ample counter space, including a large cooking island, and a dining table. Upstairs, the home has two intimate bedrooms, an office nook, and full bath.
Montreal-based studio Atelier l’Abri, the architects behind the design, planned the layout so that private spaces face the north, while more “public,” open living spaces face the sunnier south.