Interior: Cabin in the woods
“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.
Rustic meets industrial
The rustic-meets-industrial house sits on nine sylvan acres near the Quebec-U.S. border.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.