Small House Design with Elliptical Loft and Metal Ceiling Panels, Hill Maheux Cottage in Quebec

living room design with large windows

Living room design with large windows


This small house is located in Val des Monts, Quebec, Canada. The cottage is designed by Kariouk Associates, offers very private, bright and comfortable living spaces for a family of three and allows to enjoy the nature in a secluded place, taking refuge from the world.

This smal cottage is a beautiful retreat. Unique architectural design features two small buildings connected by an elliptical loft, which adds unique character to the house design and create interesting and unusual living space for a child.

Spacious interior design and light decorating ideas, simplicity and lots of ligt, modern design materials and built in fireplace, metal ceiling panels and wood furniture create stylish and airy, warm and inviting home interiors. Huge windows and glass wall designs connect them to beautiful, forested, lake-side site, inviting the nature inside.

Outdoor living ideas, modern cottage with glass wall designs

House design description from the architects

The design of the cottage is simple: two “bars” of living space – one private containing bedrooms, bathrooms, and storage; one public containing family living areas – are joined by an elliptical loft – the daughter’s domain – that intersects each ground-floor volume and hovers over the foyer giving shelter to the entry below.

Rather than “walling-in” the two ground-level volumes to achieve privacy, they are sited on the edge of the property where vegetation is the densest and are made with large expanses of glass. The glass and aluminum curtain wall exterior is juxtaposed with hand-made, luxurious, ephemeral drapery (sometimes opaque, sometimes translucent, sewn by the couple and their daughter during time spent at the cottage) that billows throughout the interior (as explained graphically in the computer animation).

Elliptical loft bedroom for a girl

This drapery (as well as integral lighting) suspends from two metal rods – one representing the parents, and one representing their daughter – which travel throughout the house crossing and bypassing each other in a complex choreography that is scripted as a metaphor for their particular family’s life journey.

Metal ceiling panels, entryway design

An oil-finished, dark rod begins as the outdoor entry handrail, like an outstretched hand welcoming guests to their home, and continues throughout the “private” volume, finally coming to rest at the stairs of their daughter’s loft; the second curtain rod, with a lighter, more luminous finish, begins as the handrail to the loft’s stair, passes through the “public” volume to the exterior, screened-in deck, only to return once again to the interior of the cottage, completing its journey as the light over the family’s dining table.

Modern house design with large windows and staircase to loft bedroom

The loft volume above the entry is surfaced with a “quilt” of copper and zinc printing plates that the clients received from a printmaker friend. Many of the plates, etched with landscapes, appear on the underside of the volume (the foyer ceiling). However, before the plates are installed, images of those plates are pressed upon fabric and sewn into the drapery as mementos; the remaining, yet-unetched plates can be removed, worked by the clients and their friends visiting the cottage, and then reinstalled onto the design after they are printed onto new drapery sections, and in this way the house keeps a record of its past.

Design by Kariouk Associates,

  by Ena Russ   

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