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Chic forest home in Quebec: Gatineau Hills Residence

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This Gatineau Hills home has been designed by Christopher Simmonds Architect, finding a beautiful balance between modern and natural in Cantley, Québec, Canada. The floor to ceiling windows invite the ever changing landscape of trees and mountains indoors, where a warm wood ceiling overhead and rustic hand-scraped wood floor underfoot wrap you in nature’s best. The facade of natural reclaimed wood on the upper level, white cement board lining the lower, and large expanses of glass throughout are the perfect package for this chic forest home.

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The open ground floor, with its interconnected spaces, allows sunlight to flow through uninterrupted, showcasing the beauty of the natural light as it varies throughout the day and by season. The bright white walls (not that there’s much wall with all these windows!), ceilings, kitchen island and furniture lends the home its contemporary edge. A modern fireplace feature warms up the space – both in looks, and in temperature.

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While the top of the kitchen island is finished in a white surface, its face echoes the weathered country wood aesthetic visible in the ceiling, floor and views outside. With dinner cooked, there’s no nicer place to serve it than the dining area, complete with a fireplace feature front and center. The floor comes level with the grassy ground just on the other side of the glass walls, giving the interiors that indoor-outdoor feel.

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Outdoors, a sunken concrete pool nestles into the slope, finishing this perfect picture of modern living in the Canadian woods.

Photos: Peter Fritz Photography

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