The redesigning of the Du Tour residence is a residential renovation project entirely realized by Frédric Clairoux and Julie Fontaine, interior designers for Clairoux, the high-end residential interior design service of the studio.
A mid-20th-century bungalow design
The residence has been owned by the family for decades. There are many memories in the house and the family spirit had to be maintained.
When we started designing the Du Tour residence, we had an interesting canvas inspired by the “prairie style”. Even though it had been abandoned in the interior, the style provided a guiding principle for our work.
In collaboration with the architecture firm Open Form, we succeeded in creating a sober, elegant space in communion with its natural environment.
Volumetry and perspective
Before even reconfiguring the interior space of the Du Tour residence, with the help of an interior architect, we applied the forgotten fundamentals of the “prairie style” by restoring horizontal lines and re-incorporating natural wood.
Reintegrating the interior and exterior was the logical outcome for a space that had been shut in on itself as a private, closed up space. The south-facing side suggested a two-story glass addition.
The natural surroundings also suggested opening the southeastern corner of the house, which was at the heart of the living space, to a stunning view of a stream.
We organized the interior space while following principles of horizontal perspectives with simple spaces, fluid movements, and light materials. We only kept the natural stone of the enormous central chimney.
The guiding principles for creation were simple and elegant interior design. Over the last few years, we have seen a minimalist design tendency in Quebec, expressed by black and white with wood and glass elements.
Even though we did not want to be out of touch with current trends, we wanted to push this architecture from the last century into a sophisticated, contemporary space.
Therefore, our approach focused on light, a clear canvas emphasizing lines, shapes, and materials. The kitchen is an example of the union between an architecture based on horizontal lines and the contemporary interior design desired by our team.
We worked on the design with the Espace Cuisine Team because we believe in their professionalism, and because we know that they make flawless built-in furniture. The project extended beyond the kitchen to include a storage module and a hidden room in the entry as well as bathroom furniture.
Decoration and furnishings design Our colleague Patrick Robichaud, an interior decorator, pushed the interior design into a distinguished layout while adhering to the project’s original premises. The choice of deco furnishings and accessories was done in close collaboration with the owner, and together they succeeded in expressing the sober and elegant quality imagined from the very beginning. The house came to life and took shape. A few deco additions will continue to refine this creation.
Uncompromising interior design
Everyone wants to work with quality professionals, to have a trusted contractor and meticulous workers, but do we ever hear talk of what it takes to be a good client? In our eyes, a high-end project is not simply a question of budget size. It is rather the freedom to create that a client can bring to the table, the confidence that they invest in us and the respect they have for professionals, which are a few of the basic criteria that describe a good client.
It is a privilege to participate in the interior design of such a building and we thank them for it.
The concept was uncompromising, with reflection on every detail, the renovation had its pitfalls but the result is very beautiful and will pass the trends of the years to come. The Du tour residence: a sober, elegant and relaxing place.