Chilly winters are made for country getaways to cozy cabins. The loveliest one we've seen of late: the High House, perched on stilts in the hills outside Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges in Quebec. The High House is the perfect platform from which to view Mont Sainte Anne without the treeline getting in the way.
The stilted design of the home makes it balanced and stable despite the uneven terrain beneath, and the terraced area it creates provides extra shelter and has a wood-fired oven. Camouflaged when surrounded by snow and a veritable sore thumb when encircled by snow, the sun-filled structure has a pitched roof to provide extra room and also aid with snow removal.
High House (6 images)
“Extending the ceiling height gives the interior spaces a unique feeling,” Delordinaire cofounder Adrian Hunfalvay told Mark Magazine. “It also results in an exterior form that responds to the mountainous setting. The structure works with the radically changing variations of color and light that occur at different times and seasons in the mountains.”
Built primarily from wood, steel and concrete, we could see the home being a tad bit drafty.
Better bring a jacket.