Crushing On: Muskoka Lakes Cottage By Christopher Simmonds

Muskoka6Even though summer is the official cottage season in Canada, what’s more Canadian than watching the leaves change to golden yellow and red, warming up by a bonfire on a cool fall evening, or sitting by the lake and watching the Canada geese fly south for the winter…or wherever those maniacs go.

Muskoka5This Muskoka masterpiece, that I can’t help but envy, can inspire anyone to take part in these Canadian rituals. This multi-generational retreat was designed by architect Christopher Simmonds. The centre of this home is a high ceilinged pavilion of Douglas Fir centred on a stone and concrete fireplace.

Muskoka2Sliding glass doors stack away to achieve unparalleled intimacy between the kitchen/dining area and the adjacent patio that overlooks a sheltered bay. High ceiling spaces with operable clerestory windows ensure that breezes off the lake keep the home well ventilated and cool on summer days.

Muskoka4The master suite is accessed by a glazed link which bridges the seasonal stream providing a more secluded sanctuary. At the opposite end of the home the bedroom wing steps upward to match the steeply ascending rock profile and provides stunning views to the lake. A pair of interconnecting bedrooms and a kid’s bunkroom are located at the second level, as well as an extra guest room with ensuite perched up at a final flight of stairs.

Muskoka3To keep things comfortable in any season, ground source heat pumps provide heating and cooling through a radiant floor system and ducted ventilation. Take a look at this stunning cottage. Perhaps it might inspire a future purchase?…


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