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Cottage Perched on Huckleberry Island Rock

January 09, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SANDY MACKAY

This modern shed-roof cottage melds with the rugged Georgian Bay shoreline.

Our Homes Muskoka Fall 2017A version of this article originally appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of   OUR HOMES Parry Sound Muskoka Huntsville Haliburton, p.32. Find local businesses in our Muskoka directory. 

When an A-frame cottage that had been in the family since the 1960s needed constant repairs, the owners realized a new lakehouse would mean that their own children would get to enjoy summers on Huckleberry Island as much as they had. “There’s nothing more beautiful than Georgian Bay,” says the owner. “The rocks, the wind-swept pines. It really is spectacular.”
 
As they conceptualized their new cottage, they thought a flat, shed roof would keep the cottage as tight to the rock and as inconspicuous as possible. “We wanted it to blend into the rocks,” says the owner. “The rocks here are magnificent and we wanted to build it so it, at least in our minds, fit into the rocks and the scenery.”
 
To execute their plans, they hired general contractor Ron Bowman of Bowman Custom Building. Construction of the 1,900 sq. ft. home took about six months. Finished in dark wooden siding with corrugated steel skirting and glass deck rails, the four-bedroom cottage was built with the couple’s sons in mind.
 
Sleeping quarters are contained in two distinct wings, each with two bedrooms and a bathroom, enough private space for the brothers and their future families to comfortably share the summer home. Bathworks supplied the bathroom fixtures. They angled the new building to capture an expansive view of the Big Sound. In the great room, a wall of glass by Muskoka Window and Door Centre folds open to reveal a panorama, stretching as far as Parry Sound. Ryman Plumbing and Electrical installed the cottage’s utilities.
 
The kitchen, by Perkinsfield Kitchen & Bath Inc., is furnished with cabinetry designed to withstand the fluctuating temperatures of a three-season chalet. Di Pietra Design supplied leathered blackberry granite for the kitchen island and counters as well as the polished, marbled granite fireplace surround in the living room. WeatherMaster windows from Porch to Pier admit the cooling breeze and sliding doors open to the front deck, surrounded by tempered glass. 

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