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Chinked Log Cabin Encapsulated Inside Cottage Addition

February 05, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SANDY MACKAY

Historic 1863 tamarack cottage is melded into modern day cottage living in Port Elgin.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Holiday/Winter 2017/18 issue of  OUR HOMES Grey & Bruce Counties, p.28. Find local businesses in our Grey Bruce directory.

Surrounded by a winter wonderland, this updated log home on Lake Huron is a modernized escape from city life and hosts a growing clan. The original tamarack log cottage was built in 1863 and has only ever been owned by two families. The homeowners worked with architect John Rutledge and general contractor Leo Al’s Contracting to construct a new cottage around the old in order to offer modern-day living for future generations.
 
Local designer Carla Pavlov of CR Designs was brought in during the project’s early stages. The focal point of the original cabin is a new gas fireplace with stone masonry flanked by candle-style wall sconces. Windows are draped with a neutral yet fun slub-yarn cotton fabric that complements the inherent textural quality of the log walls.
 
A second sitting area, accessed through an archway, has a stunning stone-clad wood burning fireplace positioned between beams and timber posts – a thoughtful reverence to the original log structure. Carla selected Maritime White by Benjamin Moore for the walls, a warm touch that provides a soft and subtle canvas so the stone and grain of the timbers take command of the space.
 
The sitting room and log room both enjoy a western view of Lake Huron (Strassburger Windows and Doors), whose winter winds create blustery snow wonders, an extreme contrast to the cosiness created inside. Some furnishings Smitty's Fine Furniture.

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