LocationQuébec City, Canada
Lead ArchitectsPierre Thibault, Charlène Bourgeois
CollaboratorsGroupe Habitat, Mathieu Simard and Simard cuisine et salle de bains
Text description provided by the architects. The Residence Belcourt is a typical Canadian house built in the 1970s. The clients wanted to improve their home's functionality and maximise natural light. The home's massing and original masonry walls were preserved. The interior separations were completely removed, creating an open-plan ground floor that encompasses the home's public areas.
The space wraps around a central staircase made of baltic plywood. To make room for this amenity, service cores were pushed to the edges of the property. The ground floor was cleared by reserving the home's lateral walls for services and storage. The new layout fosters family living within interconnected spaces. At the back, an expansive terrace covered by a wooden pergola was added, which leads out to the existing swimming pool. The terrace provides exterior living spaces that extend to the garden and facilitate access to the intimate courtyard. At the top of the stairs, a small reading area and study space that is illuminated by two skylights was created. This floor contains three compact bedrooms, as well as a master bedroom with its own ensuite. A fifth bedroom located in the basement can welcome guests overnight. The home's interior finishes are mostly comprised of wooden floorboards and clean white surfaces. This minimal decor is complemented by understated modernist furniture pieces.
Product Description. Baltic plywood, a high-grade wooden laminate that comprises more layers than typical plywood.
The home's interior finishes are mostly comprised of clean white surfaces except for the central staircase and all horizontal work surfaces.