When it comes to waterfront properties, a common design strategy is to take advantage of the views as much as possible and to incorporate the outdoors and the panoramas into the interior decor in a seamless and enjoyable way. Sometimes the results are not just beautiful but also impressive, luxurious and quite opulent. Other times, however, the house ends up being well-connected to the land and to its surroundings in a less striking manner. The Slender House from Ogden, Canada is one of the coziest and most welcoming lake houses out there.
This charming house was built in 2017 by MU Architecture. In sits on a sloping site with a direct view of Lake Memphemagog. The steep and rocky terrain challenged the architects to find custom design solutions and also inspired them to take advantage of the land and the views as much as possible. It’s how they came up with the idea of living the house a long and linear layout which places all the interior spaces in a row allowing each one to take in the marvelous beauty of the lake.
The best view however is from up on the roof terrace of the boathouse which sits on the lake. From up here the sunset is simply magical. This freestanding extension and the main house share a few things in common, like the dark wooden exterior which defines a few of the spaces or the strong connection with the outdoor and in particular with the lake.
The main house opens up to a secluded bay and this allowed the architects to incorporate large bay windows in pretty much every room without fear of compromising the privacy. As a general observation, all the interior spaces are bright, open and airy. They’re arranged in one linear row and they have white walls, warm wooden floors and in some cases skylights which let the light enter from above.
The entrance is on the ground floor and has a very large window which lets in lots of natural sunlight while also highlighting the amazing view of the lake. The common areas have a high ceiling, skylights and a very serene and welcoming ambiance. The lounge, dining area and the kitchen share an open space. They open up to an outdoor terrace and to the garden and they’re decorated in simple and neutral colors and elegant materials. The kitchen has a marble backsplash and a stylish island that extends into a bar.
The house also has three bedroom suites, all with their own full baths, a sauna, a training room, a small lounge that’s perfect for meditating or relaxing with a good book and a pantry that’s connected to the kitchen through a secret door. The bedrooms don’t have high ceiling but nevertheless they seem very spacious and open. The marble bathroom walls and floors welcome the outdoors in as much as any other space and the sauna has its own great window that brings the outdoors in. The freestanding tub is strategically placed here so it can offer the most mesmerizing and relaxing experience.
The bright and airy interior spaces come a bit as a surprise considering the rather rough and austere appearance of the house’s exterior. This contrast is one of the elements that make the Slender House such an interesting property.