A retired couple seeking summer refuge on their Muskoka property asked us if we could provide them with a place where they could be somewhat connected to their “creature comforts” but disconnected from the bustle of city life.
A series of simple deep grey wood sided volumes of differing heights are clustered together to clearly articulate the efficiency of the interior layout. Setback from scattered birch trees lining the lake edge, this cottage takes advantage of the quiet potential of the surrounding back forest. Large deck areas at the back side create private personal and social spaces for entertaining and barbecuing.
The main living volume is highlighted on the interior with a contemporary version of the traditional cathedral ceiling form. Clerestory windows and illuminated structural beams provide additional evening mood lighting of the kitchen, gathering and dining areas. Guests access a private wing through their own entry breezeway.