While the classic brick exterior of this once-thriving warehouse had to be left almost completely untouched the interiors were completely overhauled to accommodate two individual residences with separate entrances – a design that perfectly meets the needs of an extended modern family.
While the top level of the house seems to float in air ever so elegantly the basement of the cottage is firmly anchored in the Canadian Shield giving it plenty of stability that is key to the expansive upper level design.
Prefabricated homes make life a lot easier for those looking to keep construction costs down even while ensuring that much of the work is done offsite. But another advantage of prefab homes is the speed that they bring to the development of a new residence; something that simply cannot be matched by on-site designs.
Uncomplicated in its design and responding to the unique demands of the countryside in which it sits Casa Chontay manages to combine serenity and comfort with traditional construction techniques.
A simple pathway and an irregular ramp shape the lovely entrance to the house where a large 4-meter-tall door in local Lapacho wood greets you gleefully. The interior is also draped in locally sourced Lapacho wood adding warmth and elegance to a contemporary setting that is otherwise dominated by white and other neutral hues.
Then there is the matter of getting the style right with elegant contemporary overtones being extended into the garden and courtyard. But in finds a way to combine the outdoorsy charm with a dab of sophistication connecting its refined living space with a cultured courtyard.
It is barely a surprise then that a modern retreat set in its rural countryside is surrounded by an idyllic landscape that seems to not only define the silhouette of the residence but also its style and ambiance. Nestled in a remote nook of 25 miles southeast of the beautiful escape sits on top of a mountainous lot and offers a panoramic view of the distant river and mountains.