The open atrium on the lower level welcomes you with a breath of fresh air and plenty of natural light that enlivens the dining area small living space and kitchen next to it. With the public spaces being placed on the lower level it is a large bedroom and a multi-purpose room (serving as a home office study and relaxation space) that make up the second level. A small bridge connects the bedroom with the multi-purpose room even as a rustic color scheme and diverse finishes in brick and wood shape a welcoming and unique house.
On the inside the old floor plan was junked in favor of a new more open interior where each room flows into the next while making the most of the view on offer. Space is maximized cleverly with additions such as the home office in the hallway and ingenious kitchens shelves that offer multiple storage options. Breezy beautiful and practical this is a transformation that seems to epitomize Brazil’s love for the outdoors!
Pops of blue unite the interior with the outdoor living space even as much of the color palette is kept as neutral as possible. On the inside an open plan living room with a kitchen and dining area forms the central ‘social zone’ that opens up to the backyard while the bedrooms offer complete privacy.
Not only does the use of natural construction materials and locally sourced elements give the home a green sheen the use of passive solar heating and cooling techniques smart insulation and rainwater harvesting systems ensures that it is as planet-friendly as possible.
The top level of the retreat is the real showstopper with its floating overhang that is composed of wood steel and glass. With floor-to-ceiling glass windows the living space contained within this exquisite ‘box’ promises breathtaking views of the landscape and the beautiful sunsets that light up the St. Lawrence estuary. Allowing for 360-degree views the glass windows constantly connect the rugged and green countryside with the modern interior even as the four centrally located bedrooms offer more privacy.
The structure of the home itself is more casual in its ambiance with Cor-ten steel and Douglas Fir being used to combine strength and durability with inviting warmth and minimal maintenance. A series of walkways around the house built over the pond connect it with both the landscape and the guest quarters.
Another amazing aspect of this idyllic home is its ability to function as an effectively zero-energy home thanks to different sections of the roof that serve as a cool roof and living room solar-powered heat pumps heated concrete floors and top-notch insulation that saves energy considerably. Combining picture-perfect aesthetics with green technology and undisturbed tranquility this is a summer home that is truly exceptional in every sense of the word!