Located on a wooded property near a ski hill in Wakefield, Quebec is a custom home that we finished recently. The cost effective house design for this home began with a plan to fit three bedrooms into a modest but comfortable 1,200 ft.² bungalow with no basement (the home is on bedrock).
Typically, a three-bedroom bungalow would run closer to 1,500 ft.² or more, but we utilized some space saving techniques and landed with a great design that totals 1,216 ft.²
One full bathroom, a galley-style kitchen at one end of the main living area and compact bedrooms take up most of the space, and left room for a staircase leading up to a second level “bonus space” that appealed to the home owners during the design process.
This bonus area was included to provide some extra sleeping space without the cost of a true second floor.
As its main use will be for sleeping, the average height in the bonus area is just 5′ instead of a typical 8′. These decisions helped to minimize the cost.
A fireplace was included in the main living area to be in keeping with the chalets typically found in the area.
The design also includes an extra 500 ft.² of outdoor living space through a screened-in porch and open deck area — fantastic extra space that will be particularly welcome in the warmer months.
The HVAC system consists of a radiant floor system (Steibel Eltron Hydroshark boiler) and a Minotair ERV, which takes care of the fresh air supply and air-conditioning.
White pine timber was used to frame the screened-in porch, and Hahn Decking (made from 100% recycled plastic) was used for the deck. This is a very cool product that is guaranteed to never deteriorate in a lifetime of use.
The home focuses on privacy from neighbors, natural light for all spaces, and abundant storage space to make up for having no basement. We think the results are pretty spectacular.