Dwelling renovation reveals a butterfly in Mont-St-Hilaire

Dwelling renovation reveals a butterfly in Mont-St-Hilaire

One take a look at a Quebec house referred to as Papillon is all you must perceive its title.

“We centered on the sloped roof as its foremost architectural attribute and we needed to improve that characteristic. That robust visible line impressed us. We needed to stretch it to the extremity and add a reproduction within the background, which gave it wings and dynamism, therefore the butterfly,” explains architect Kim My Le Quoc.

Papillon is positioned the Montreal suburb of Mont-St-Hilaire overlooking the scenic Richelieu River. The home was first constructed as a split-level, with three bedrooms on the higher degree and one bed room on the principle ground.

Dwelling renovation reveals a butterfly in Mont-St-Hilaire

The revamp almost doubled the scale of Papillon, taking it to three,000 sq. ft. from its authentic 1,524 sq. ft.

On the principle degree is a big kitchen, eating room and a sunken lounge. Massive home windows and cathedral ceilings in the principle residing areas draw within the early morning gentle. On the rear, a brand new solarium supplies an ideal view of the river.

A 3-storey extension was added and a staircase from the bottom ground to the principal bed room on the second degree creates the texture of a secluded condominium. As nicely, the non-public retreat opens to a terrace, excellent for watching sunsets over the Richelieu.

On the main level is a sunken living room, the dining room and a large kitchen.

The higher part of the unique house is now a work-from-home area with a terrace on the storage roof.

The youngsters’s quarters are on the backyard (or decrease) degree of the extension, as is the household room which extends into the bottom of the yard and seems to be dug into the rock. A picket walkway surrounds the yard winding its approach right down to the riverside dock.

Exterior remedies embody white brick cladding and stone veneer in entrance, and white painted pure wooden planks have been used on the rear facade dealing with the river. Le Quoc says the panorama architect made an amazing effort to attach the home to the river and protect the shoreline.

The kitchen's large centre island is a hub for get-togethers and big windows look out onto the Richelieu River.

Papillon took 10 months to design and construct, and was accomplished in 2020.

Kim My Le Quoc, with Luc Plante, Structure and Design Inc., in Saint-Lambert, Que., solutions just a few questions on Papillon:

What did the renovation and new building contain?

A view of the river is the focal point of the new ground-floor space created at the rear of the house.

Since we have been positioned in a neighbourhood of curiosity, we have been requested by the municipality to protect and spotlight the architectural traits of the unique home.

The homeowners additionally made it a precedence to keep up the prevailing foundations and core. Thus, we saved the ground ranges, adjusted the structure and added ground area — a storage at avenue degree and a full three-storey extension on the south aspect.

We separated the kids and the dad and mom on completely different ranges permitting for area and intimacy.

The rear outdoor deck leads down to the backyard children's area.

How have you ever blended the outdated and new?

The outdated a part of the home is emphasised by the intense white brick cladding and that authentic quantity is supported by the brand new ones clad in stone, a tint darker. Some wooden inserts enable for a delicate mixing of each outdated and new, and add a heat texture.

What have been your greatest challenges in designing the house?

Boulders line the grassy walkway leading up to Papillon from the Richelieu River.

One of many foremost challenges was to double the sq. footage of the home whereas sustaining the spirit and the character of the unique home. We have been required so as to add residing areas round with out drowning it underneath greater volumes.

The geometry of the roof was additionally a important problem. Whereas it was a powerful architectural idea, it was vital to anticipate the water administration on the roof and management snow buildup and water pooling.

Georgie Binks is a Toronto-based author and a contract contributor for the Star. Attain her at [email protected]