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Maison proposée vue à travers les arbres
Chalet surrounded by nature

Eco house, Val David, Laurentides

maquette architecturale 3D du site avec arbres
plan d'implantation du bâtiment

It all started with a call from the client who spoke to me about their vision for the project. They had just purchased a wooded piece of land on which they wanted to build their chalet.

Their priority was to position the house so that it was hidden among the trees and had a view of the stream at the back of the site.  They wanted to preserve the existing trail that crosses the lot, if possible, and above all else they wanted to minimize the trees that needed to be cut down. Being a biologist, the client identified all the trees on his land - their species, their diameter and their height.

It was a collaborative process throughout the project as we reviewed all proposals in 2D drawings and 3D models.

lot boisé avec un chemin vers le ruisseau

Photo of the stream at the back of the site

Site plan

Study of building position and orientation

diagramme du plan du bâtiment avec vue encadrée vers le ruisseau
diagramme du plan du bâtiment avec vue maximisée vers le ruisseau
diagramme du plan du bâtiment avec vue oblique vers le ruisseau

Option 2

Framed view towards the stream

Option 1

Maximised view of the stream

Option 3

Oblique view of the stream

implantation du bâtiment parmi les arbres

Photo of the project in construction

Solar study

Simulation of shadows at different times of the day

étude d'ensoleillement, 7h00

Another important element for the client was to promote local and traditional craftsmanship. To build the structure of his building he hired the carpenter Didier Girard, who trained in France and followed the course of the Compagnons du Devoir. He designed a beautiful structure in solid wood, made up of posts, crosspieces and rafters. 

The next step was a reflection on the relationship between the architectural elements and the structure: how to position the exterior walls, how to insulate the roof. To highlight all the beauty of the wooden structure from the inside, the choice was made to insulate the roof from the outside and to free the exterior walls from the columns, which also made it possible to avoid thermal bridges.

A study of municipal regulations revealed, from the start of the project, the need to make a modification to the planned structure to respect the slope of the roof required by the city. The collaborative approach between the architect and the cabinetmaker had a significant effect on the added value to the project.

maquette architecturale en 3D vue de sud-ouest
maquette architecturale en 3D vue de nord-ouest

View of the 3D model from the approach to the house

View of the 3D model from the stream

maquette architecturale en 3D vue de sud-ouest
maquette architecturale en 3D vue de nord-ouest

View of the 3D model from South-East

View of the 3D model from North-West

The choice of interior materials was guided by the client's desire to have a healthy and ecological home. To see first hand some of the bio-based materials available on the market and learn more about their manufacturing we visited the workshop of the company Heco, a partner of Isofib, which distributes ecological insulation products.

For its choice of innovative materials, the project was published in the journal "House of the 21st century"

mélange de chanvre brut

Stalk fibres – by-product of hemp farming

panneaux en béton de chanvre en atelier de fabrication

Hempcrete panels - handcrafted by Heco

isolation en chanvre

Hemp wool from the Quebec company Nature Fibres

structure en gros bois d'oeuvre

Photo of the installation - detail of structure and wall insulation

maison en construction vue à travers les arbres

Photo of the project in construction

Materials palette

Exterior

Roof

Galvanized steel, traditional standing seam

Walls

Cedar planks

Steps and terraces

Gray limestone

tôle galvanisée
perron en pierre naturelle
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Photo of the project in construction

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