Architect's house built on a mountainside according to the guidelines of the Leed certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), with a superb view of the Mount Glen valley. This house is the first house in Canada to be designed according to this certification (within the Leed for Homes USA pilot project in 2006).
This bright and modern home was designed to meet the needs of both a family home and an exclusive rental chalet: its modular open-plan rooms can accommodate more than 20 people while still having a family scale: a large, warm table, a functional and airy kitchen with island, bedrooms, a playroom and a home office. Its four rooftop terraces, its sauna made of stone from the mountain and its bright bathroom provide places to relax, work out or party, for two or for the extended family.
These features have made it one of the most popular rental homes in the region for over 3 years. The rental income covers all costs, including management and maintenance fees, leaving the days not rented (more than 150 days/year) accessible to its owners. It is, for all practical purposes, a free cottage for those who will buy it, and a safe and profitable long-term investment.
In terms of maintenance, the cleaning of the three floors has been simplified as much as possible: central vacuum cleaner system, unpainted surfaces, lime walls insulated using straw (which is a thermal and acoustic insulator, but breathable), polished concrete floors and countertops, ceilings and surfaces made of recycled or renewable wood, profiled mouldings. Durable and natural materials were chosen so that the house will take on character and become more beautiful with use: time only adds to its charm.
The 4.5 acre lot with century-old trees creates an island of incomparable calm around the house, and includes an outdoor shower, a two-storey tree house to play in both winter and summer, as well as space to install tents, a trampoline, an ice rink and a sandbox. The house contains everything you need to prepare yourself for leasure or come back from the outdoors: a cosy fireplace, a sauna with a Japanese bath (to be finalized), a mud-room, a large sunny bath upstairs, two showers and two separate toilets.
The natural light has been worked on as much as the space, and the house changes its character according to the day and the season. If you are unable to experience all of its variations, we invite you to come and visit it at the end of the day on Sundays, where its designer and builder will be able to explain them to you himself.
Built to receive LEED for Homes Platinum certification, the ecological measures included in the home's construction are too numerous to be described here. But here are a few of them:
Designed according to the principles of passive solar energy (south-facing windows) allowing the house to be naturally luminous and warm by itself (the heating system is not needed on cold and sunny winter days). There is also air central heating and a low-emission combustion masonry heater that heats the home by slow radiation, which is not only efficient and comfortable, but also allows it to be used as a bread and pizza oven!
A ground-coupled heat exchanger system preheats fresh air for the winter and creates naturally conditioned air for summertime, which is economical in the long term.
House pre-wired according to the needs of electro-sensitive people: Lutron central wiring system, and internet wiring going to each room. The HEPA air exchanger and the choice of non-toxic materials in this house allow an air quality more suitable for people with respiratory sensitivities.
RENTAL ADVANTAGES AND LOCATION
The house is located 25 kilometers from Owls head ski hill, 8 minutes from Brome Lake beach, 8 minutes from all amenities in Knowlton and is close to Eastman, Sutton and the Bromont mountains, allowing you to enjoy all the attractions of the region (skiing, trails, mountain biking, bike paths, skateboarding and water park). 1h15 drive from Montreal.
This house has no comparison on the market: its price is evaluated according to the rental income, its ecological specificities, its architectural and artisanal qualities, as well as the years of work that its conception and realization required. It is a functional sculpture.
There is work to be completed on the house. It can be done by the architect who built it with an arrangement to be discussed, or it can be sold as is. The price will be determined according to this choice. The remaining work can be financed by rental income.
A cleaning and management team is already in place and is ready to work with the future owners.
WHAT WE SAY
Vista House has been named as one of Quebec's most unique rental destinations! : https://www.mtlblog.com/travel/canada/qc/incredible-airbnbs-in-quebec-include-these-crazy-cool-spots
The comments of the tenants :
"Wonderful space! Even better than the pictures! »
"This place is luxurious, cozy, artistic and very in tune with the beautiful natural setting. I highly recommend this place. "Ryan, October 2019
"totally unique building, exceptional views, like being in a treehouse. the sauna was well loved by our group. and the design of where things are in the house was well thought out and there's lots of pride of place built right in. we loved it and would come back for sure! "Pat, May 2019
"This house is extraordinarily interesting, like a piece of art. The windows are magnificent and dramatic, and the house is full of surprises and cool features. We enjoyed the very well equipped kitchen for big family dinners. A fun adventure to stay here! "Meghan, June 2017
"This is a glorious house in the woods, with beautiful views and light and original architectural design that takes advantage of the location as well as creates a lovely ambience. The house is incredibly well-stocked with just about anything you might want or need." - Stephanie, June 2018
About the designer of the Vista House :
Alexandre Thibodeau is an architect by profession who has developed an expertise in green construction, particularly by erecting what was the very first Leed for Homes certified house in Canada. He is an active advocate for the ecological transition in Quebec. His work is inspired by that of Samuel Mockbee and Carlo Scarpa, and focuses on energy efficiency, reducing environmental impact, and more specifically on the design of multifaceted spaces that are honest and sensitive to human needs. It is with the Vista House project that he introduced the Leed ecological certification in the country, being the first construction site of its kind on Canadian territory to participate in the American Leed pilot project. The blog of this construction can be visited here: www.maisonleed.ca
In preparation for our meeting, please refer to the recommendations for a safe visit, in accordance with public health guidelines regarding the COVID19 pandemic.