Hello everyone! No need to say that we’re so excited about the unveiling of our last project. There it is, our new baby, Le Chêne. Another tree name; as you guy may have realized, wood is our passion and we like to highlight this feature in every Minimaliste product.
Without going any further, I present to you the project. Pictures have been taken by JP, also a photographer. Le Chêne is a complete custom model, built to meet the requirements of our customer. With luxurious features, it just fits the park models category. It’s more than 340 sq/ft plus the 80 sq/ft loft space. The customer wanted spacious, we gave him spacious!
For me, this realization is a life accomplishment. It’s a dream that literally materialised in my hands. I’m going through all kinds of feelings right now. As the founder of the company, I’ve had the chance to build this house from A to Z, with my co-worker J-P Marquis, close friend and talented craftsman. But none of this would have been done without Elyse Tremblay, our new managing director and our investors Cédrick Vézina Paquet and Jean-Sébastien Dion.
Starting a company like Minimaliste in a context like Quebec’s hasn’t been a small task as you might guess. Believe me, I wasn’t in a comfort zone when I first started. Today, two and a half years later, I look back and see the progress that we’ve made. It brings a strong accomplishment feeling and feels very intense. I wish everybody could feel this, because if i’m able to do such a thing, anybody with will and perseverance can do so! Never give up on your dreams folks!
White cedar was chosen for the exterior finish. Around 85% of the wood was protected with a polyurethane based varnish, to keep its natural color. The remaining cedar, mainly found on the front side of the house, was dyed black and was laid vertically to create texture. Each and every piece of cedar was sanded and treated manually, great patience work!
The location where The Chêne will be situated has a stunning view and is surrounded by nature. This is why we concentrated windows in the living area, combined with a10ft wide patio door to let the natural light fill the place.
We are very pleased with the result of our interior finish. Having a reasonable amount of time to create our product allowed us to really put ourselves into it. Working with wooden materials all the time felt so good! The clients for sure had good taste. They chose a red oak engineered wood flooring, some 6 inches wide jointed pine that we painted for the interior walls, ceiling was covered with some 8 inches wide knotted pine that was dyed to echo the color of the floor. We think it gives the house a nice warmth, do you?
A REAL FOUR SEASON!
This tiny home is mainly used for leisure purpose by these customers but it was very important for them to be able to access it at any time of the year, including during Quebec’s ruthless winter. This first version of Le Chêne is created to resist the blistering cold of northern places. With its quality insulation and a cutting-edge radiant floor technology, you will feel comfortable no matter what. On the other hand, summer can bring contrast with several weeks over 30 celsius, so an AC unit was installed to keep cool during hot times.
Designing the bathroom was our biggest challenge to this day. Why? This house is water self sufficient, which means it’s not connected to a pressurized water source. For this reason, we had 80 sq/ft to fit the toilet, self-supporting bath, vanity, 250 Gal potable water tank, 40 Gal hot water tank, full radiant floor system, water pump and even…storage. We managed to fit all this and we were able to add some nice Minimaliste details all over the place. The machine room is well located, totally optimised and is surprisingly really quiet.
The whole stairs project was sort of a treat for us, so we kept it as our final step ( Get it, step? )
It’s russian plywood framed with red oak steps and stair nosing. We are satisfied with our choice of corner stairs and retractable first step, it allows us to minimize the length of the staircase, providing more space to circulate. The nice handrail was made out of recycled hardwood pallet, beautifully matching the rustic aspect.
WALL MOUNTED FOLDING TABLE
JP had this idea of designing a folding table that would look like a decoration once on the wall. He came up with this framed mirror concept and the customer bought it right away. A couple hours of work later, there it was. Very solid once in using position, it can accommodate 4 people sitting on stools, sharing dinner or playing cards.
We consider ourselves really lucky to be able to do what we love, and it was a unique chance for us to create a build this house. Most likely, people rarely come up with a project so big in terms of dimensions for a tiny house on wheel, but this is Minimaliste; we can materialize the product that fits your need, custom tiny homes.
See you dreamers!