Maison au bord du lac by Anik Peloquin is a secluded 3-storey vacation home located in Messines, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada overlooking a panoramic lakeside view accessed by a long and winding stepped dock while the home itself is also accessed by a long and winding driveway.
The home is built on a rocky outcrop and that creates entrances on two levels, the lower level – which is a mud/storage room with stairs leading up to the social volume and the main level which is where the living and dining rooms as well as the kitchen, a bathroom and a small bedroom are located. A large deck wraps 3 sides of the home for a n indoor- outdoor lifestyle while the rocky bluff below offers outdoor activity as well – just not on level ground.
A small bump out on the third level is where a private office space is located while a second work station is positioned on the mezzanine overlooking the living room below.
A double volume window is used by both the living room and the mezzanine workspace while the window below is where the lower level mud/storage room is located.
The vertical siding used on Maison au bord du lac is stained a semi opaque grey with clear ply details separating the various windows. This added detail of the clear plywood panels ties in with the clear coated posts and tempered glass panels used on the deck surround.
A staircase leads up from the mud/storage room on the lower level to the main social volume before continuing upstairs to the office, work station and master suite.
The social volume is also accessed through the main entrance just behind the kitchen wall where a small foyer is located. This entrance is right off o the wrap around deck.
The kitchen overlooks the forested landscape on one side and the lake on the other. It’s a contained but open space with work stations on all four sides.
The counter that separates the kitchen from the dining room is fitted with a bar overhand for four retro looking chrome and vinyl bar stools.
The living room on the far side of the social volume features a free standing drum shaped wood burning stove and a steel and wood open riser staircase. Both these features bring a modern industrial flavor to the vacation retreat.
Layered into the living room is a moss toned shag rug and charcoal grey side chairs – but the piece de resistance is that amazing portrait of an elephant.
The color blocking of the yellow sliding door and charcoal wall add a youthful flavor to the otherwise modern industrial setting.
The yellow sliding door leads to a bedroom and a bathroom.
Upstairs a mezzanine overlooks both the living room below and that amazing view of the lake. With a long work station running the length of the mezzanine, there is plenty of space for two or more to catch up on emails or work.
At the end of the mezzanine a door leads to the master suite while a door behind the mezzanine leads to another small bedroom and a door at the top of the stairs is where the private office is that creates a bump out on the home’s facade.
The headboard wall of the master bedroom is only ponywall height so that the views of the lake can be enjoyed from the ensuite behind it.
Behind the headboard is where the ensuite vanity is located and what appears to be a mid century wood detail rising from the headboard wall to the ceiling is actually a pair of mirrors centred on the two vessel sinks.
The ensuite runs the shower, a toilet room and a laundry room against the back wall.
While the home has spectacular views of the lake, it also has a dock at thte bottom of the rock bluff that is accessed by steps and ramps.