A House In The Forest Clad In Eastern Cedar Siding Is Raised Above The Surrounding Rocky Landscape

A modern home in the forest that's clad in eastern white cedar, and has polished concrete floors and wood details inside.

Natalie Dionne has designed a modern wood home that’s located in the forest, roughly 60 miles (100km) southeast of Montreal, Canada.

The clients had long cherished the dream of building themselves a home in the heart of nature.

Surrounded by mature hemlock and deciduous trees, the home is meant to pay tribute to the living forest, with the driveway located between rocky outcrops.

This modern house in the forest is clad in eastern white cedar, which was pretreated with a product that accelerates the greying process

The house is clad in eastern white cedar, which was pretreated with a product that accelerates the greying process, letting the home blend into the landscape and to keep future maintenance to a minimum.

This modern house in the forest is clad in eastern white cedar, which was pretreated with a product that accelerates the greying process

This modern house in the forest is clad in eastern white cedar, which was pretreated with a product that accelerates the greying process
This modern house in the forest is clad in eastern white cedar, which was pretreated with a product that accelerates the greying process

Stepping inside, we see there’s a bunkroom, capable of accommodating up to 10 guests, that’s located adjacent to the entrance hall.

A modern bunkroom capable of sleeping up to 10 guests.
A modern bunkroom capable of sleeping up to 10 guests.

Stairs leading up to the main level of the house split the interior in two, with the living spaces on one side and the bedroom suite on the other.

A modern home interior with wood stairs and glass handrails.
A modern home interior with wood stairs and glass handrails.

The open floor plan social areas of the house include the living room, dining room, and kitchen.

The living room has floor to ceiling windows on both sides, allowing it to be bathed in natural light. A black fireplace surround that incorporates the television adds a contrasting element, and the exposed roof structure is made of engineered wood produced from Northern Québec black spruce.

A black fireplace surround that incorporates the television adds a contrasting element, and the exposed roof structure is made from black spruce.

In the kitchen, there are two islands made from solid maple, while Russian plywood was used throughout for the rest of the built-in cabinetry.

In this modern kitchen, there's two kitchen islands made from solid maple, polished concrete floors, and a large square window above the sink.In this modern kitchen, there's two kitchen islands made from solid maple, polished concrete floors, and a large square window above the sink.In this modern kitchen, there's two kitchen islands made from solid maple and polished concrete floors.In this modern kitchen, there's two kitchen islands made from solid maple and polished concrete floors.

A large sliding door opens the interior spaces to a partially covered terrace.

A large sliding door opens the interior spaces of this modern home to a partially covered terrace.A large sliding door opens the interior spaces of this modern home to a partially covered terrace.

Polished concrete floors, gypsum walls, and the natural aluminum windows blend harmoniously with the wood. These three elements can be seen throughout the interior, like the hallway leading to the bedroom suite.

Polished concrete floors, gypsum walls, and the natural aluminum windows blend harmoniously with the wood in this modern home.

A master bedroom suite with minimal furniture has tall windows that frame the trees and rocks outside.

A master bedroom suite with minimal furniture has tall windows that frame the trees and rocks outside.A tall window provides this modern bedroom with views of the forest.

In the bathroom, there’s a freestanding bathtub with forest views, while a wood vanity adds a natural element.

In this modern bathroom, there's a freestanding bathtub with forest views, while a wood vanity adds a natural element.

Here’s a look at the floor plan of the home.

The floor plan of a modern two story home.

Photographer : Raphaël Thibodeau | Architects: Natalie Dionne Architecture | Design team: Natalie Dionne, Corinne Deleers, Rosemarie Faille-Faubert, and Martin Laneuville | Engineer: Latéral

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