The 3 Important Decisions Behind Building a Luxury Rental Vacation Home

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The Location

In January 2011, we completed the purchase of a building lot in Petite-Riviere-St-François, QC, that had the designation for construction of a tourism residence (chalet à louer).  The lot had everything we were looking for.  Firstly, it was close to the main road allowing for ease of access for our future guests, especially in winter time where driving conditions can be tricky.  Secondly, the geography was gently sloping which was important feature because of our interest in exploring a walk-out design for our future chalet.  Lastly, the trees of the thick, mixed forest on the property offered the privacy and the ideal mountain setting we were searching for.  As I reflect back on this decision, it strikes me just how critically important this choice was in setting up our project for success.  I cannot imagine having built Chalet Charlevoix Quebec anywhere else.

The Plan

Over the months ahead, we struggled with finding a design plan for our chalet that matched our expectations of what a luxury rental vacation home should encompass. We did not want to just settle on something, and regret it for the years ahead. It needed be warm, welcoming, open and expansive for large families or groups to enjoy.  It needed to be built with high quality materials and most importantly, with a high quality finish.  It needed to both modern, yet rustic.  And for some reason, we could not get the vision of timber-frame beams accenting the main living space out of our heads.  Finally, we were drawn to Viceroy Homes, and their Post & Beam Series which brought this life in the Pasadena MKIII ( The stunning array of vaulted and flat ceilings showcased beautiful Douglas Fir beams, and exudes the natural beauty of the wood that nature has provided.  We worked collaboratively with the incredibly professional  Madame Claire Gagnon, Sales Associate at the Viceroy Home Sales Centre in Laval, QC who helped to customize our plan by converting the garage into an additional living space with a matching vaulted, timber-frame ceiling.  We call this stunning room The Studio.

The People

It goes without mention that behind every successful construction project is a team of excellent, trustworthy and passionate tradespeople.  Reflecting back on the 5 months needed to complete Chalet Charlevoix Quebec,  we must acknowledge our gratitude to our general contractor Mr. Jean-François Roy and his skilled team from Charlevoix Acoustique (; they did a great job from start to finish and their dedication and pride in craftsmanship will live on within the walls of the chalet forever.  We are also indebted to the work and dedication of our plumber Mr. Olivier Gaudrault, and our electrician Mr. Sylvain Côté, who have always been available in an instant to  ensure that Chalet Charlevoix Quebec has all the comforts in perfect working order, so our guests can relax and enjoy all the amenities the chalet has to offer.  Lastly, we must acknowledge the solid advice and guidance of Mr. Kevin Dubeau, from Induktion Géothermie Inc. (, who stewarded us trough the decision making process in order to understand the benefits for our chalet to invest in a geothermal heating and cooling system. This system has exceeded our expectations, and is aligned to our interest to have a green footprint on our environment.  These friends of Chalet Charlevoix Quebec have made a major contribution to the project, and we would recommend them to anyone planning a future construction in the Charlevoix region.

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