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December 22, 2015
Stripped to its original wooden structure, this house was reborn for a young family.
Facade of Quebec renovation by Naturehumaine.

“The property was set higher in elevation than its surrounding neighbors,” said architect Stephane Rasselet. “In order to provide the most intimacy to the owners, we needed to exploit that height difference to create views toward the Saint Lawrence River.” Goodfellow provided the stained cedar on the home’s exterior. 

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Brick, wood, and steel facade of Quebec renovation by Naturehumaine.

The home is comprised of three distinct boxes that are each made from separate materials: brick, wood, and steel. “Each of these elements is characterized by a vertical window cut-out,” Rasselet said, which are placed strategically in the home to maximize sunlight.

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Hudson iron stools from Structube and MicroSquare LED fixture from Philips Ledalite in kitchen of Quebec renovation by Naturehumaine.

Since one of the homeowners is passionate about food and cooking, Rasselet made an oversized kitchen the focal point of the home. Hudson iron counter stools from Structube sit beneath a suspended MicroSquare LED fixture from Philips Ledalite.

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Caesarstone Stone Grey quartz countertops and Benjamin Moore’s Rocky Mountain Sky paint in kitchen of Quebec renovation by Naturehumaine.

Caesarstone Stone Grey quartz countertops accompany lacquered kitchen cabinets by Perreault. The cabinets fixed at eye-level are painted Benjamin Moore’s Rocky Mountain Sky, while those beneath the countertops are in a Benjamin Moore Caribbean Azure shade.

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Walnut table and chairs by Atelier LC2 and Cliff light fixture by Lambert & Fils in dining room of Quebec renovation by Naturehumaine.

“Conceptually, all of the spaces in the house are connected to the kitchen and dining area by the stairwell, the second-floor catwalk, or through the glass in the living room,” said Rasselet. The dining room’s walnut table and chairs are by Atelier LC2, and the Cliff light fixture is by Lambert & Fils.

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Shalwin windows, maple floors, and steel catwalk by Enfer Design in Quebec renovation by Naturehumaine.

Natural maple wood is used as flooring material throughout the home, and double-glazed Shalwin windows fill each space with light. The second level’s catwalk is protected by perforated steel, painted white, by Enfer Design.

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Hot rolled steel window by Enfer Design and custom maple stairs in Quebec renovation by Naturehumaine.

Enfer Design also crafted the maple stairs and the adjacent hot-rolled steel window encasing.

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Stained cedar ceilings in Quebec renovation by Naturehumaine.

A ceiling of stained cedar lines the hallway of the second level. The home features three bedrooms on the second floor, and a ground-level playroom that can be converted to a private sleeping area when guests arrive.

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DuPont Zodiaq Quartz countertops and Duravit Starck 3 sink in bathroom of Quebec renovation by Naturehumaine.

DuPont Zodiaq Quartz countertops in Snow White and a Duravit Starck 3 sink stand across from a tub by Acryline Inc. in the bathroom. Between them, Arctic White and Suede Gray squares from Daltile lead to an American Standard toilet.

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UltraShield patio in Silver Gray from NewTechWood at Quebec renovation by Naturehumaine.

“It was visually important that this space feel overly connected with the garden and its landscape through a wise positioning of the windows,” said Rasselet. An UltraShield patio in Silver Gray from NewTechWood complements exterior steel in a metallic finish by M.A.C. Métal Architectural Inc.

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Facade of Quebec renovation by Naturehumaine.

“The property was set higher in elevation than its surrounding neighbors,” said architect Stephane Rasselet. “In order to provide the most intimacy to the owners, we needed to exploit that height difference to create views toward the Saint Lawrence River.” Goodfellow provided the stained cedar on the home’s exterior. 

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This house in Le Bic, Quebec, was once a quaint, suburban dwelling whose pitched roof and brick exterior seemed to be dominated by its surroundings. Large trees cast shadows on the walls, and apart from a single neighbor, its surroundings were mostly vegetation. Still, this property had one important detail: the opportunity for growth. The owners, a doctor and a food prep manager who work at a nearby hospital, wanted the intimacy of a compact property for their young family without the dark and confining aspects of the former house. Architect Stephane Rasselet of Naturehumaine kept the original wood structure, but blended it into an L-shaped design that carries the abundance of views indoors. “This concept allowed for a feeling of lightness, openness, and fluidity,” he said. Now, there’s only one dominant feature on the lot—the playful hue that can be found in the kitchen. 

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