The innovative cottage experts at YH2 Architects have been at it again, this time crafting a gorgeous modern retreat overlooking the waters of Lac Plaisant in Quebec. The stark exterior architecture and comfortable interior give it a perfect balance of beauty and practicality.
The home has a traditional single-gable design and perfectly symmetrical layout. It has an “invisible” foundation flush with its walls, so it looks like it’s just resting on a carpet of grass.
Clad entirely in white cedar—roof and all—the home has an ethereal, almost chapel-like air. A set of floor-to-ceiling windows run along both sides. But the lake-facing south end is entirely glass, shielded by a deep roof overhang that extends down the sides of the building.
Inside, the 1,500-square-foot abode features an open-plan living room, dining area, and kitchen. The white-painted walls have an open-frame construction, leaving the joists exposed to create a strong geometric rhythm in the space. Behind the kitchen are two ground-floor bedrooms and a set of stairs up to a large sleeping loft above. In all, the home can sleep 12.
“A window on the lake: the very essence of the cottage,” wrote the architects. “A warm, simple wood dwelling open to nature and a peaceful lake.”