Project size: 2,800 square feet

Program: The house was designed as a secondary residence for two clients who oscillate between the cities of Montreal and Magog. They desired an open living area so that they could prepare meals in direct relation to nature and the lake.  
Location: Magog, on the shores of Lake Memphremagog, in southeastern Quebec province.

Solution: Inspired by the vastness of its natural surroundings, the house was built with openness in mind, and features minimal physical boundaries. Warm and simple materials were chosen to create the desired family atmosphere.

Construction and materials: The exterior’s local hemlock wood is left natural, and will gain a gray patina over time, slowly blending in with the natural environment. Local materials such as the reclaimed barn boards used for built-in furniture and the central staircase provide a direct link to the region’s rural buildings. The recycled polished stone floor extends over the entire ground level, acting as thermal mass.

Additional Information

Completion date: 2016

Gross square footage: 2,800 square feet

Total project cost: Withheld

Owner: Withheld




ACDF* Architecture
5605 Avenue de Gaspé
Bureau 304, Montréal, QC, H2T 2A4

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:

Maxime-Alexis Frappier, Partner in charge, registered architect
Martin Champagne, project architect,registered architect
Christelle Montreuil Jean-pois,project architect,registered architect
Clothilde Caillé-Lévesque, intern
Maxime Boisselle, B. Architecture, technician
Maxime Boily, B. Architecture, intern


Jean Marc Dugré, structural engineer

General contractor:

Constructions Boivin


Adrien Williams


Lighting: Lambert et Fils





Structural System

Mostly a wood frame construction, but parts of the house are framed with poured in place concrete and steel for the cantilevered sections

Exterior Cladding

Metal panels: Black painted 4mm steel pannels, glued and snapped in place

Wood: Eastern white cedar, rough sawn and installed in lenghts of 48", all 4 sides of the house

Moisture barrier: Typical blueskin membranes integrated into exterior wall compositions

Curtain wall: Main glass sliding doors onto terrace by fableta


Elastomeric: 2 ply bituminous membrane by Soprema


Metal frame: Aluminum window frame, black anodized, by Fabalta


Interior ambient lighting: Lambert&Fils