Bordering a small river in Ste-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier, Quebec, Cabane 217 is a beautiful retreat in the middle of the woods. Breathtaking, especially in wintertime, the cabin redesigned by Bourgeois Lechasseur Architectes is that tranquil home away from the city vibe that restores your energy and the good mood. The home is bright and luminous, bordered by floor-to-ceiling windows, creating a seamless transition between the environments and moreover, inviting the nature inside the house. There’s nothing more relaxing than enjoying the edgy colours of the woods from the intimacy of your living room.

The premise was to keep some of the rural characteristics of the old house but adapt the house to a more contemporary approach, without being too edgy. The idea was to create a harmonic dialogue between the inhabitable space and the outdoor. “On the side nearest the river, part of the roof has been raised to accommodate the master bedroom and ensuite bathroom. This second, much larger, dormer creates an airy, bright space. The client was thus able to keep the idea of a “tree house” and still preserve privacy with the surrounding vegetation.”