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Interior: Cabin in the woods

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Interior: Cabin in the woods

Jean Longpré realized he’d achieved his architectural goal while his home was still under construction. “A friend of the contractor dropped by,” Jean recalls. “He looked around the building and asked, ‘What was this before?’” In fact, the house, which sits on nine acres in the Quebec countryside near Lake Memphrémagog and the U.S. border, is a new structure, built from the ground up 13 years ago.

“I had always imagined renovating a house that had history, but I ended up creating one from scratch to make it look as if I had revamped an old dwelling,” he says. And it worked: People often think the building, with its loft-style interior, is a converted schoolhouse. A professional photographer who maintains a pied-à-terre in Montreal as his studio, Jean loves the urban loft look and sought to import that style to the country when he built the historic-looking house.
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Rustic meets industrial
The rustic-meets-industrial house sits on nine sylvan acres near the Quebec-U.S. border. interior-wood-cabin-dining.jpg
Antique accents
The oak dining table was found in a local antiques store, but homeowner Jean Longpré designed the accompanying five-seater benches himself. The French doors lead to an outdoor patio that works as an extension of the indoor living space because it’s made of the same bricks as the interior floors. interior-wood-cabin-livingroom.jpg
Cozy living room
Throughout the home, interior walls are clad in horizontal pine planks, modernized with glossy white paint, and the ceiling beams are exposed for a loft-like feel. The living room fireplace, with its floor-to-ceiling surround, features the same bricks used on the floor and outdoor patio. interior-wood-cabin-kitchen.jpg
Open-concept space
The open-concept space is dominated by an imposing eight-foot-tall armoire, found in a local antiques store. “It’s from an old hospital in Magog,” says Jean, adding that it was probably an apothecary cabinet. interior-wood-cabin-counter.jpg
Country kitchen
Beadboard cabinetry lends the kitchen a country flavour, as does the butcher block-topped island. The other countertop is stainless steel to harmonize with the chef-style appliances and tie in the industrial-chic look. interior-wood-cabin-staircase.jpg
Industrial-style stairs
“I like industrial-style things that age organically,” says Jean, who is accustomed to inhabiting urban lofts. The reclaimed brick flooring and the steel staircase, with its open risers, are reminiscent of old warehouses.
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