Situated on a steep lot in Messines (Quebec, Canada), this lakefront house was built as a vacation home by Anik Péloquin Architecte. Hidden within the woods, the double-height home was designed for two nature lovers looking for a cost-effective retreat.

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Wishing to keep the costs down and the impact on the environment to a minimum, they built the new house on the foundation of an old chalet. A massive deck that’s partially covered runs along three sides of the new house helping to add to the square footage during the summer months.

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The house fits in with its surrounding landscape by being covered in vertical wood slats of a bluish grey color.

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Large windows bring the outdoors in and keep the interior filled with natural light.

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The interior is full of wood accents and a light green is used throughout, mimicking the nature that the windows frame.

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The view is the focus in every room and it helps having the double-height windows in the living room.

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The loft upstairs lets you stare at the lake and the trees while you attempt to do some work.

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Photos by Alberto Biscaro, courtesy of v2com.net.