Natural Elements Transform a Lakeside Chalet Into a Permanent Home

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Perched above Lake Archambault in Quebec, Canada, an outdated chalet surrounded by wetlands was slowly being converted into a permanent home. The owners had already worked with architects from FX Studio by Clairoux to renovate the property's kitchen and a bathroom, but now they were ready to undergo a full change — everything, including the exterior, was primed for an update. The firm agreed that the best way to transform the dark address was to lighten it with the elements in its midst, especially pine, and then use oversized windows and minimalist lines to help bring the outdoors in. But the finished result wasn't going to be entirely rustic: luxurious additions, like heated floors and a wine refrigerator, were installed to retain the original vacation feel of the site for the pleasure of a select few. Now the house is a modern representation of a woodsy getaway, where a simple layout and local touches create a haven that's a natural fit for its surroundings.

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Entrance
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Entrance

A refreshingly simple pine bench greets guests at the entrance. Above the bench, pine needles are used as art. The decorator, Patrick Robichaud, has a flair for taking otherwise ordinary objects and adding details to make them unique.

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Dining Living Area
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Living Area

Local pine was also used on the ceiling above the living area, to unite the two spaces.

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Living Area
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Living Area

A MyApple sofa from Famaliving has the perfect balance of comfort and minimalism, and it sits across a mounted table from Ikea. A Ribbonwood Wall Clock designed by Michelle Ivankovic was purchased from Umbra.

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Kitchen
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Kitchen

Doors and windows were supplied from Alumilex, a custom supplier that's popular in the area. The mint-colored countertop is from Corian®.

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Kitchen
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Kitchen

An oversized window above Laminate by Luxart cabinets overlooks the lake. A wine fridge by local brand Cavavin was installed near the stove.

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Fireplace
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Fireplace

A painted wooden fireplace is framed with linear pine planks that extend to the ceiling. A light from Ikea hangs overhead.

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Bathroom
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Bathroom

This bathroom has laminate cabinets, heated flooring, and tiling from Ramacieri Soligo.

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Patio Deck
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Exterior Patio

White Eastern Cedar, a local wood, was used for the exterior. Because the surrounding land is unstable, the team worked within the framework of the original home.

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After interning at Dwell magazine in San Francisco, Kate began writing about arts, design and culture for other national publications. She is based in Los Angeles and San Francisco.