By : Paule Bourbonnais Design
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – 16th edition
Discipline : Interior Design
Categories : Residence / Residential Space 1,600 - 5,400 sq.ft. (150 - 500 sq.m.) : Gold Certification
Categories : Residence / Bathroom : Gold Certification
This renovation of an octagonal-inspired single-family home on the surroundings of the St. Lawrence River in Canada opens up on its entire southeast façade with its vast, recent windows. This last one mesmerizes the inhabitants by the water currents which parade the seasons there. Sometimes the sunrises, sometimes the ice, sometimes the birds, sometimes the liners, cross these views and give themselves as a spectacle to the delight of the guests.
From the entrance, the revisited and oiled existing staircase offers transparency through its wood and glass railings and three points of light reflecting the surface of some steps. The relocated structure allowed the floating of this last one and the expansion of the kitchen onto the dining room. Topped with a handmade chandelier by Montreal artisans, the Quebec brushed oak floor with wide slats unifies the spaces, projects to the living area and gives a natural effect and vastness to the residence.
The kitchen is spacious and white is in the spotlight. The bias: let the outdoor landscapes and users create the tones, colors and interior life.
The oversized island makes it very comfortable to sit on one side and prepare food on the other. A stainless steel apron sink inspires country house style and updates the look. The veranda with its custom-designed sectional sofa is located in front of the island and feeds the imagination of both the chef and the reader with its limpidity. In the living room, an ecological linear fireplace is installed higher than the norm in order to be perceived from the kitchen and the dining room. Above the dining table a second handmade in Quebec light fixture highlights the area. Integrated furniture, such as the library-bar, occupies an existing space under the walkway and enhances it with the contrast of the chosen materials.
A true link between the two floors, the rise shines through its simplicity. The original floor plan was transformed into a master bedroom with bathroom and a home office. The three rooms benefit from new openings to the southeast. In bed, the perspective on the water regenerates when you wake up and soothes when you go to bed. A haven of peace, this environment is completed by its two storage units on either side of the headboard. A passageway to the corridor and the bathroom, the walk-in closet allows for a logical and practical transition when getting ready.
From the entrance, a freestanding bathtub is exposed in front of a wall of huge tiles with a slightly marbled tone-on-tone graphic measuring 1524 mm (60’’) x 3048 mm (120’’) which limit the joints for better maintenance. In contrast, the porcelain floor tiles imitate the Terrazzo effect and enhance the walnut furniture. In the all-glass shower floats a quartz bench anchored to the wall. Ingeniously supported, the latter has no apparent attachment.
This home transcends joie de vivre and happiness.