Bungaloft is the Result of Bittersweet Cottage Rebuild
Couple tears down Kawartha Lakes cottage to create a full-time home to enjoy in their retirement.
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.