Architect: Rick Shean & Christopher Simmonds, Christopher Simmonds Architect Inc.
Photography By: Peter Fritz
“Feels very confident and fluent. Love the contrast between first and second floor, both in material and volume. Excellent modern composition.”
This Gatineau Hills home creates a beautiful balance between modern and natural. The natural house design embraces its earthy surroundings, while opening the door to a contemporary aesthetic. The open ground floor, with its interconnected spaces and floor-to-ceiling windows, allows sunlight to flow through uninterrupted, showcasing the beauty of the natural light as it varies throughout the day and by season.
The façade of reclaimed wood on the upper level, white cement board lining the lower, and large expanses of floor-to-ceiling windows throughout are the perfect package for this chic forest home. A warm wood ceiling overhead and rustic hand-scraped wood floor underfoot wrap you in nature’s best.
Marvin’s floor-to-ceiling windows invite in the ever-changing landscape of trees and mountains indoors. From the exterior, the vertical windows lead the eye upward, loosely echoing the vertical lines of the surrounding trees. The large windows and minimal frames effectively framed unique views of the beautiful Gatineau Hills without distracting from them. Further, the windows on the second floor, where the bedrooms are located, are tinted for added privacy. Marvin’s selection of window frame colors further defined this home’s contrasting exterior palette. White window frames were used for the ground floor and black for the second floor.
MARVIN PRODUCTS USED:
Marvin Bi-Fold Door
Marvin Sliding Patio Door
Marvin Tilt Turn and Hopper Window
Marvin Ultimate Awning Window
Marvin Ultimate Swinging French Door