Blouin Tardif Architecture – Environnement has designed a single-family home that is intimate, discreet and in-touch with nature. Located in a new forest development in Boucherville, Canada, the Veranda house uses nature as its backdrop. The stunning landscape design and site trees serve as a privacy screen, with only the entrance and certain services being visible from street level.
The South side of the house offers a stunning view of the forest, making the most of the ample private space surrounding the veranda. The heart of the house is a series of spaces that open onto the yard. The kitchen, dining room and the double-height living room all offer a direct connection with the outdoors.
The concept of ground level is fundamental to this house, because the first floor is flush with the ground, creating a strong indoor/outdoor dynamic. Large sliding doors allow the interior and exterior to intermingle, as does a continuous floor covering.
The palette of exterior materials is simple and neutral: local clay brick and cedar. Transparency again plays a role in the exterior design, particularly with the glass barrier around the pool.
Interior palette was kept neutral with cedar ceilings and dark wood flooring that give the space an outdoor feel. The dark finish creates a balanced contrast against the white walls. The ground floor incorporates all the social areas with plenty of spaces for gatherings.
A spacious built-in kitchen overlooks the veranda through large glass sliding doors. The concealed cabinets present themselves almost like a white canvas for nature’s colourful reflections.
On the second floor, the master bedroom features an en-suite bathroom with transparent partitions and a large covered deck resembling an aerie facing the woods and the water below. Four other bedrooms are housed on the same level.
A small open office space is located as you walk up the stairs overlooking the double height living room.
Photography: Steve Montpetit
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