Compiled by Tarren Bolton

Situated on Lac Brome, a small lake between Montreal and Sherbrooke, is a house built by Atelier Paul Thibault. Kastella, the Montreal-based manufacturer and distributor of premium hardwood furniture collaborated with the architectural firm on the Lake Brome Residence, on the company’s first millwork collaboration.

Lake Brome Residence was first inspired by a large, outdoor, covered terrace where the family could live immersed in nature. The single-level dwelling, designed with floor to ceiling windows, takes full advantage of the sweeping lakeside views and surrounding mountainous landscape.

Kastella’s mandate ranged from integrated millwork to custom furniture production. The Lake Brome Residence was an inspiring and demanding project that took over a year to plan and complete. The design-savvy clients selected walnut with a water-based finish as the primary, interior material. The warm, caramel tones of the panelled walls and integrated case goods added depth and character to the new construction.

The gradually undulating roofs are supported by a solid timber structure, a tasteful element that brings together the diffuse elements of the design. Between the roof and the freestone masonry walls is an intentional space where clerestory windows let in additional light. Rich woods and the dark stone create moody contrasts throughout.

The wing facing the lake is very open, with lines of sight running through the entirety of the living spaces. The highly functional kitchen includes two strategically placed 10-foot islands that maximises the lakeside views while maintaining the welcoming nature of the home. The minimalist kitchen, designed with flat panelled walnut cabinetry, open shelving and black Fenix NTM countertops is reminiscent of Kastella’s furniture. The seamless flow of panelled wood walls and built-ins extended past the main living space and into the powder room, mudroom and sleeping quarters. The master bedroom closets, as an example, served as the backdrop for their king-size bed.

In addition to providing custom millwork and collection furniture, Kastella was tasked with designing an outdoor furniture series modelled after central pieces in their collection. A custom length version of the T107 dining table found a home in the covered outdoor eating area, as did an adaptation of their C110 bench.

“The Lake Brome residence was a great opportunity for the company to collaborate with Atelier Pierre Thibault, a firm which Kastella has always held in high regard,” says Katella’s founder, Jason Burhop.

About Kastella

Kastella is a company of people dedicated to design, craftsmanship and local manufacturing. Founded in 2003 by Jason Burhop, the Montreal workshop specialises in the production of high-quality, solid wood furniture and custom architectural millwork. Through the years, Kastella has built a solid team of local craftspeople dedicated to creating beautiful, functional, and timeless pieces of furniture.

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