A stunning cottage with lakeside appeal and a homey feel.
The Natural on Peninsula Lake Cottage melds together simple and classic with organic and sustainable for a creative, unique build with tons of character. Using a classic, two-storey design with an open, efficient floor plan, we were able to create a home that honours environment and style.
What made this project unique?
With the Natural on Peninsula Lake Cottage build, the client wanted to remove the existing, non-sustainable family cottage and replace it with a new multi-level retreat. The Natural on Peninsula Lake Cottage’s home on fish spawning grounds inspired us to work in harmony with the environment, and we used fish habitat studies and MNRF guidelines on shoreline plantings to ensure that we were in compliance. In addition, we were building in an area that included a shorewall in disrepair, which included the need for additional MNRF approval. The existing boathouse was replaced with a simple single slip style that complemented the finishes of the house.
What were some of the energy-efficient design elements?
Building the Natural on Peninsula Lake Cottage required a great amount of respect and attention to the environment, which led to us placing a huge priority on energy efficiency and sustainability during the project. The cottage was slab on grade due to a high water table, which meant that insulation was a huge consideration throughout the home. Radiant heat was installed under the tile and engineered hardwood flooring to keep the floors warm in winter and cool in summer.
What were some of the most interesting and captivating design choices?
The Natural on Peninsula Lake build was a great example of using interesting design choices to work alongside the outdoor environment. We chose a classic design to make the most of the restricted lot space, but we made the most of it by creating a floor plan that maximized an open concept and efficient traffic flow, with beautiful views to the lake. We used granite, timber-frame, and wood siding exterior elements to speak to the lakeside location, and then used large windows throughout the cottage to bring in natural light and invite the outside in. The Muskoka Room featured its own fireplace that opened out to landscaping, with a wine bar, kitchenette and television. We embraced the idea of high ceilings and natural elements throughout, and we especially love the full-height granite fireplace wall that meets with the timber frame and wood-clad ceiling in the great room. By getting creative and prioritizing light and the elements, we were able to make the most out of restricted space. The screened-in porch utilizes 3 season weather-wall windows along with a wood-burning fireplace, and stone tiles on the floor allow for extended seasonal use. Outside the cottage, a fire pit, covered porch and native plantings specified by MNR give additional love and appreciation to the environment surrounding it.