Window on the Lake

Saint-Élie-de-Caxton, Canada –  YH2

Built area:    140.0 m2
Year built:    2017
Photographs: Francis Pelletier

Window on the Lake is a charming cottage built near Lac Plaisant’s shores. It personifies what the architects wanted to achieve – simple and refined; restrained but not stiffling.

It is a wooden home meant for nature trips, vacations, and family get-togethers. One look at it and a phrase immediately comes to mind: quality time.

Window on the Lake embodies cottage living - relaxed, simple, and pure.
Window on the Lake embodies cottage living – relaxed, simple, and pure.

The façade is light; the home looks as if it’s floating on grass. White cedar boards are used on the walls and on the gabled roof. Huge glass panels on both sides of the structure bring the outdoors in. The part of the cottage facing the lake is glass-covered, providing stunning views of the outdoors.

The south side of the building features all glass, providing stunning views of the lake.
The south side of the building features all glass, providing stunning views of the lake.

Window on the Lake embodies what cottage life is all about – relaxed, simple, and pure.

Notes from the Architect:

A window on the lake: the very essence of the cottage. A warm, simple wood dwelling open to nature and a peaceful lake.

The house stands on the site of an old family cottage, just steps away from the shores of Lac Plaisant in the Mauricie region. Thanks to its simplicity, restraint and refinement, the project embodies the architect’s attempt to capture the essence of cottage life – a wooden home designed for vacations and enabling true communion with nature.

Featuring wood construction inside and out, the house’s single large gable covers all living spaces.

Sited in a small clearing, its foundation invisible, the home is a pure, light volume resting on a grassy carpet.

Its architecture is restrained and its scale modest, in tune with the clearing and lake.

The exterior, both roof and walls, is clad entirely in white cedar boards.

Both of the building’s long sides feature three large, tall glass panels, allowing seamless transitions between interior and exterior spaces.

The south side is all glass, creating a direct link between the lake and the living spaces, arranged under a large double-height gable extending outward to cover a small porch.

The full transparency of the southern façade lets in ample sunlight in fall and winter, while the mature trees standing between house and lake moderate the summer sun and provide a high degree of privacy in boating season.

The balloon frame, with its exposed wooden studs and joists painted white, gives the building a unique rhythm of shadow and light.

The cottage has a relaxed character. It is a true family cottage that can sleep up to 12 in two ground-floor bedrooms and a large, open sleeping area on the second floor.

This is the cottage as an expression of the art of living: a gentle, simple, pure way of life.

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Here’s another stunning property that sits very near a lake, the Lake Waconia House



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