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Bungaloft is the Result of Bittersweet Cottage Rebuild

April 17, 2017 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SANDY MACKAY

Couple tears down Kawartha Lakes cottage to create a full-time home to enjoy in their retirement.

OUR HOMES Peterborough Spring 2017A version of this article originally appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of  OUR HOMES Peterborough Kawartha Lakes Cobourg Port Hope Brighton Bancroft, p.22. Find local businesses in our Peterborough directory

OUR HOMES Peterborough Spring 2017

For 18 years their cottage on the western shore of Cameron Lake near Fenelon Falls in the Kawartha Lakes has been a little slice of heaven during weekends and vacations. But when the owners looked ahead to retirement, the structure fell short of what they wanted and needed in a future permanent home.

The bittersweet decision to tear down and rebuild was made a little easier when they realized they could enlist long-time family friend Dean Kleon, owner of Construct & Conserve Building Inc. Dean had spent many weekends enjoying the property as a teenager. Construction of the 3,400 sq. ft., three-bedroom house began in May 2016 and was completed six months later.

The couple decided on a Craftsman-style, storey-and-a-half bungaloft. Its impressive timber-frame gable protects the 25-by-10-foot front porch and any would-be sunset watchers. 

Inside, earth tones complement the 20-foot cathedral living space with timber post-and-beam accents. Engineered, hand-scraped, wire-brushed oak hardwood covers the floor.

White cabinetry, under-cabinet lighting, granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances from Bert’s Appliances offer a warm and welcoming space for cooking and entertaining in the kitchen.

An open staircase provided by Barrie Trim and Mouldings with wrought-iron balusters and a Douglas fir handrail, leads to an office loft that overlooks the great room. Downstairs, the lower level has two bedrooms, a washroom, a games room, storage and a walkout to the lake. 

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