This project began when a couple decided to sell their primary residence in the city to purchase a cottage on the northern point of Archambault Lake in Saint-Donat. It was located on a picturesque, south-facing site with a hundred metres of private beach. They planned to retire in this magnificent place. They decided to call on the interior design firm FX Studio by Clairoux to transform the rustic cottage into a peaceful retreat for the whole family. Their dream renovation project was about to come true. Photography by Julien Perron-Gagné
Understanding the clients’ wishes:
Transforming the cottage into a primary residence that is both warm and contemporary:
– a welcoming space for hosting a large family
– a restful place for contemplating nature
A trusting relationship had already developed between the clients and the interior design firm because they had already worked together on an earlier project. This fact allowed FX Studio par Clairoux to suggest a highly contemporary design from the very beginning.
The first idea was to inundate the interior with natural light and work with soft, airy textures to create a calming, peaceful atmosphere.
Northern white cedar—a local tree species—was the basis for the colouration and choice of materials. With time, this wood develops a silvery hue on the outside while retaining its blond colouring inside. Using it for both exterior siding and certain structural elements, such as the staircase, the main beam and the living room ceiling, amplifies the project’s overall impression of harmony.
The heated floor in white porcelain reflects sunlight, creating continuity between the interior and the natural surroundings—the beach in summer and snow in winter.
Since the house is surrounded by conifers, the FX Studio par Clairoux team decided to be daring and use green glass accents. Often used in contemporary spaces, clear glass can define different areas while remaining subtle.