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This modern refuge provides a cozy retreat in the forests of Canada

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Designed by architects Cardin Julien this modern refuge borders Lake Archambault, in Saint-Donat, a township municipality in the Canadian province of Quebec. This family cottage is nestled on a sprawling property where the lush vegetation offers a respite during the hot summers of the area. Built over 40 years ago, this house had to adapt to the needs of its current owners, building a comfortable and cozy space to enjoy winter and summer alike.

The family wished to preserve the original charm of the house while conceiving a more modern and updated style in decoration and layout. The addition of outdoor areas to enjoy nature and the creation of spaces to facilitate the departure and arrival for sports activities were the main priorities of this project. This converted chalet meets all the needs of the family and does so through all the seasons.

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What We Love: This modern refuge in Saint-Donat is in perfect harmony with its history and with the surrounding nature, transformed into a true paradise of comfort and warmth to enjoy at any time of the year. We think this would be a relaxing getaway, lounging on the spacious outdoor deck with those forested views!

Tell Us: What do you think of this family cottage surrounded by lush vegetation? Would you find this to be an idyllic getaway for you and your family? Please share your thoughts in the Comments!

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The opening of the western facade and the new open concept of the kitchen, made the space more functional, making the large central island one of the meeting points preferred by the family. The fenestration of the main living space was enlarged in width and height, making this area bright from sunrise to sunset.

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The original stone fireplace, the wooden beams, the ceiling, and the walls complement the modern and elegant design of the kitchen, the terrace, and the entrance. Only a few decorative elements, such as stools made with tractor seats, the lamp designed with a wooden wheel and some industrial elements, were integrated into the decoration as a nod to the history of the house.

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The cottage was enlarged towards the north and west. To the north, a garage, storage for sports equipment, and a mudroom are housed in the new volume. To the west, a new 3-season space extends the days outside. The two new volumes, with dark wood wall cover, take over the existing volume and enrich the initial composition.

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Photos: Olivier Blouin

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