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Wonderful House Overlooking the Lake and Open to Nature

By • Mar 5, 2018

Window on the Lake is a project completed by the Canadian architectural firm YH2, which is based in Montréal, in 2017. The home covers a total ground area of 140 square meters and sits on the shore of Lac Plaisant, located in Saint Élie de Caxton, in the Mauricie region of Québec, Canada.

Aerial view of the house surrounded by tall trees

The architectural firm’s intention when it came to the design of this home, which sits on a site previously occupied by an old family cottage, was to create a simple wooden dwelling which was open to nature and the peaceful lake beside it. As a result, the home perfectly embodies the essence of cottage life — a wooden home in which to spend restful moments and be at one with nature.

Terrace with lake views
House within the trees

The home sits in a small clearing and is composed of a single structure made out of white cedar wood. Such simplicity is precisely what cottage life is about, and YH2 expresses this through their architecture in a subtle and elegant way. The home’s walls, however, are pierced by clear glass sections which allow an easy rapport between the interior and the exterior, blending the boundaries between them. This also allows an abundant supply of natural light to seep into the interior, making it luminous and cozy.

House in front of the lake
Access glass door
Interior with wooden walls
Modern interior with wooden floors
Large living-dining area with high ceilings and glass walls
Exterior view from the kitchen area
Dining room in light wood
Living-dining-kitchen area in same place
Social areas full of natural light
Decorative details
Cozy bedroom area in soft colors
Bedroom in light colors and wooden floors
Night view of the house from the pier

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