Front facade of house from snowy sunny front yard with trees

Ski Chalet at Blue Mountains

This recreational home is sited in a development at the foot of the Alpine Ski Club in the Town of Blue Mountains.

The building is sited on a residential street facing the ski hills and is designed for Apres-ski entertaining with six bedrooms, open living spaces, a recreation room, a sauna, and a courtyard with a hot tub and firepit.

The challenge was to create a recreational feel in a building which is within a suburban style subdivision with styles ranging from neo-classical to modern. The goal was achieved by making the courtyard the centrepiece of the design. The layout of the house around a courtyard not only protects the hot tub and firepit from prevailing winds but provides a house that is more inward looking, versus a view outward to the residential street. The courtyard device also allows natural light to penetrate the living spaces, while enhancing the transparency between indoor and outdoor rooms. While the building is large, the massing from the street is of low scale in contrast to the adjacent two-storey houses. The portion of the house in front of the courtyard is one-storey, while the portion behind the courtyard is two- storey, which not only reduces the height at the front elevation but affords a view of the ski hill from the gallery on the second storey which also overlooks the living room.

Interior materials include hardwood floors, natural stone, rift sawn white oak, and douglas fir post and beam ceilings. Exterior materials are dark stained natural wood siding, metal standing seam roof, aluminum clad widows and natural stone.

LOCATION

Collingwood, Ontario

COMPLETED

2019

Size

9,156 ft²

SERVICES

New Construction

PHOTOGRAPHY

David Whittaker


Illuminated cottage with stone walkway across front lawn to large deck at entrance with lounge chairs and gardening in front

House on Big Bay Point

This family compound houses a one-storey wing with great room, screened porch and master bedroom on the ground floor with views to Lake Simcoe.

A two-storey wing at the entry side of the building accommodates six bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms; there is also room for future bedrooms in the basement.

The building is painted in dark tones with a cedar roof to blend with the site, while interior rooms flow with the exterior spaces fora seamless connection.

LOCATION

Innisfil, Ontario

COMPLETED

2016

SIZE

14,000 ft²

SERVICES

New Country Home

PHOTOGRAPHY

David Whittaker


Illuminated cottage elevation with sunrise reflected in windows with rock landscaping in foreground and trees in background

House on Stephen's Bay

This 5 bedroom, one-storey recreational home hugs the landscape and rock overlooking Lake Muskoka.

The T-shaped plan houses the great room and kitchen at the south end, with attached garage, and the bedroom wing at the north end. Most bedrooms have a view of the lake, and the main concept is to have a completely daylit interior which maximizes views and brings the outdoors in.

LOCATION

Bracebridge, Ontario

COMPLETED

2016

SIZE

4,923 ft²

SERVICES

New Construction


View from lake of illuminated three slip boathouse with living space above with cottage obscured by trees in background

House on West Lake Rosseau

The house was originally built on spec in a neo-traditional style.

The new owners requested that the building be converted into a more contemporary and clean look, to eliminate decorative elements such as round top windows and dormers.

Exterior stairs were relocated to flanking elevations and windows enlarged to improve quality of daylight, views and ventilation.

The boathouse was renovated in a similar manner.

LOCATION

Muskoka, Ontario

COMPLETED

2014

SIZE

6,500 ft²

SERVICES

Renovation

PHOTOGRAPHY

David Whittaker


Front entrance canopy with stone walkway from driveway at dusk

Caledon Hills Country Home

This house is located in the Caledon Hills on farmland which is still cultivated.

The landscape is subtle compared to some of our more northern projects located on rugged sites in the Canadian Shield. The goal was to create a house which not only fit into the landscape but also integrates the interior with the exterior.

The main floor is configured as the entry foyer, mudroom, great room, screened porch and master suite, and the lower level has three bedrooms, a family room and games room below the second porch, all with maximized daylight in a walk-out condition.

LOCATION

Caledon, Ontario

COMPLETED

2015

SIZE

4,500 ft²

SERVICES

New Country Home


View of elevated cottage from lake featuring glass windows and large upper outdoor patio nestled in thick tree line

House on Bohemia Island

This island cottage replaces two cottages that burned down in 2012. Local zoning restricted the footprint to be no wider than the original buildings.

The design concept was to express the building as three separate buildings to break down the mass and length of the new cottage. The building features two bedroom wings at each end separated by a living room, dining room, kitchen, entrance hall and den. The cottage is naturally daylit through the use of glass walls that focus both on the lake and the island forest at rear.

LOCATION

Muskoka, Ontario

COMPLETED

2014

SIZE

6,500 ft²

SERVICES

Reconstruction

PHOTOGRAPHY

David Whittaker


Open concept living room with stone fireplace, kitchen and dining room with clerestory windows, wood rafter ceilings and glazed wall with views of trees

House on Monyca Island, Skeleton Bay

The L-shaped plan accommodates two full bedroom wings organized around a central great room.

The great room has glass on three sides, but the entire plan capitalizes on the exterior by having floor to ceiling glass on each elevation.  Even the corridors have large picture windows which provide views into the site.

The design incorporates a renovated existing sleeping cabin which has been attached to the building adding more sleeping and washroom space for a total of eight bedrooms.  The living room features a games alcove suitable for puzzles and board games while overlooking the view.  An outdoor sitting area surrounds an exterior wood burning fireplace which attached to the house.

A new three slip boathouse with a 650 ft² living space above was also part of the project.

The design concept was to use the L-shaped design to capitalize on topography and views to the south and west.

LOCATION

Muskoka, Ontario

COMPLETED

2012

SIZE

7,500 ft²

SERVICES

New Construction (Cottage) & Renovation (Boathouse)

PHOTOGRAPHY

David Whittaker


Living room with feature floor to ceiling stone fireplace and slanted wood rafter ceiling and glazed wall on left with view of trees

House on Torrance Bay

This five-bedroom cottage is sited to respect the existing landscape and rock outcrop.

The building wraps around the contours and the rock face forms one wall of the entrance walkway. All principal rooms and bedrooms have a lake view, with service rooms on the land side, with a walkway which serves the bedrooms but affords views into the landscape and maximizes daylight. A clerestory window spans the entire building and promotes cross ventilation and natural daylight.

LOCATION

Muskoka, Ontario

COMPLETED

2011

SIZE

4,500 ft²

SERVICES

New Construction

PHOTOGRAPHY

David Whittaker