Jean Verville : Réhabilitation d'un chalet

In the heart of the Mont-Tremblant Forest, a national park located in southern Quebec (Canada), an old black wooden chalet has been revamped thanks to the intervention of local architect Jean Verville. Breakthrough wide openings, this typical residence of the region offers its residents a total immersion in nature.

Built in the 1960 years, then abandoned for fifty years, this cottage surrounded by majestic trees facing the Devil's River, is now the second home of a couple and their two children. Quaint, it has the particularity of being designed in "A Frame", that is to say that it consists of a triangular pinion 8 meters side to the base 7 culminating height meters ridge, and two steeply pitched zinc roof sections, supported by an oak framework, which extend to the ground.


Originally, the pyramidal two-level building and 88 square meters of floor area, which contained a living room, kitchen and sanitary facilities on the ground floor, and a bedroom upstairs, was dark and excessively compartmentalised. For its renovation, the Canadian architect has completely restructured its interior to make it brighter and to install an additional night room for the youngest, at the first level. He thus adds on the ground floor, against the west gable, a parallelepiped extension on one level, 5,5 meters by 4, entirely glazed, in which he arranges a living room opened on the original kitchen, now in double height. , thanks to the piercing of the upper floor. The second bed, parental, is placed in a mezzanine under the eaves, and has a large triangular bay window with incredible views of the forest.

Despite a lateral enlargement, the total floor area of ​​the cottage decreased by 20 square meters. However, the residence has gained declutter, comfort and feeling of space and light, including the creation of a zenith opening that illuminates living rooms all dressed in white.

A cozy nest in the heart of nature, perfect to relax and admire the surrounding landscape.

To learn more, visit the site of Jean Verville

Photographs: Maxime Brouillet

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