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An exceptional home

Design Louis George

It was through a referral from a colleague seven years ago that Guy Gervais discovered this unique home. On his first visit, it was the contemporary architecture that attracted the President of Céragrès, a leading Quebec importer and distributor of ceramic and stone.

Conceived and designed by architect Jacques Vincent for a member of the Miron family, the avant-garde architecture and quality wood, slate, and mosaic materials charmed the businessman who had built a success at the center of the stone and tile industry. Indeed Italian slate is found on the floor as well as masonry slate on several walls. Delicate flaked slate, warm Douglas Fir, and concrete all share the house in equal measure.

It took Guy Gervais eight months to update and renovate the home while carefully preserving its soul. The river stones behind the copper fireplace are original! In the main bathroom, the glass mosaics have also been preserved; only a portion of white ceramic was inserted to modernize the room.

Particular attention was devoted to researching furniture for both floors of the house. The lower level is as bright as the main floor due to the grading of the property. If the kitchen has remained unchanged, with Russian birch plywood cabinets, Guy Gervais however chose furniture and modern fixtures that suit the style of the house: Artemide lights; Philippe Starck for Kartell chairs; and Bombo stools. Raw materials are predominant in the house, and the base of the bed, tailored in anthracite wool with white stitching, is no exception!

Spaces are airy and harmonious. The living room, while spacious, promotes intimacy. The master bedroom feels like a cocoon given the nature of its walls and its situation within the house.

In the end, the house remains true to its roots where refinement, respect for the past, and excitement for the present blend perfectly! The highlight of the residence and favourite place is an in-house concrete pool walled in blue tiles, and especially the Alfred Pellan mural in ceramic and glass mosaic! A unique work of exceptional interest.

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