A 90’s, Split Level Bungalow Goes Modern

Maison Terrebonne began as a split level bungalow, a familiar sight in the 1990s, situated on a wooded lot in Terrebonne, Québec, Canada. La SHED architecture took on the extreme renovation and created the new, contemporary residence on the same foundation as the original house. Besides the foundation, the only other element they kept in the new design was to bring back the split levels.


Spread out over 1500 square feet, the new design was created for a person living alone, complete with open spaces and plenty of natural light. Instead of bringing back the garage, they went with a open, yet covered parking space.


The exterior is clad in natural eastern cedar that will gradually fade as it weathers over time, giving it the look of tree bark. The cedar is punctuated with simple openings that are framed in black.




The interior is split up over three levels, each designed with a specific function in mind. While each level is separate, they’re open and only divided by the staircase.


The kitchen is centered around a large wooden island that contrasts the expansive white surfaces all around.


Large windows frame the ever-changing natural landscape outside.



A central white cube connects all of the levels and hides the master bathroom upstairs. It’s not attached to the ceiling so light can pass through.


The master bedroom is partially open to the living space below and secured with a glass railing.


The bathroom isn’t closed off to the bedroom, yet it still feels private. The floors and walls are covered in a pearl white glass mosaic tile giving it a clean, minimal look.




Original house

Original house

Photos by Maxime Brouillet, courtesy of v2com.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.