A cottage wants a white kitchen, says the owner of this cottage’s delicious new kitchen on a calm lake north of Barrie. Purchased in 1998, the family’s original cabin sat on a 1.3-acre property with a 1,000-foot waterline on a peninsula.
In 2014, with new grandchildren and pending retirement, the owners decided to expand the cottage and add a new master bedroom, dining room, mudroom and laundry, spruce up the exterior and gut the kitchen. Their builder was Randy Blain Construction Inc., and for the all-important kitchen, they brought in Lindsay Schultz of Lindsay Schultz Kitchens & Cabinetry Ltd.
The new kitchen sits below soaring shiplap-covered ceilings amid massive Douglas fir posts and beams. The beams are integrated into the large stone-topped island.
“The most wonderful and unique aspect of the new kitchen is the two beautiful cherry rolling tables that can either sit on top of the island as a raised seating area, sit independently as a buffet table either in the great room or the dining room, or, even better, can be put together to make one additional table that can seat another eight people comfortably,” describes the owner.
The owner’s eclectic decorating style is evident in every room, from the unique and colourful wallpaper in the bathrooms, to the tile and flooring selection. The owner is always on the lookout for that one great piece, like the multi-coloured dresser in the kitchen.
Another indulgent but ultimately happy decision was the stone fireplace made by a stonemason, stone by stone. “We love our fireplace with the Napoleon Home Comfort insert. We light a fire any chance we can when a spring or autumn chill sets in,” says the owner.
There is plenty to enjoy outside too. A long porch beckons along the waterside exterior, with lots of comfy seating. An outside shower is practical for the cottage, where everyone can clean off after a day playing at the water’s edge.
It would have been much easier to simply tear down the old cabin and start with a fresh, new build. But that’s not the family’s style. “I love older homes, and a new build is so daunting,” says the owner. “I also feel it is harder to create cottage character, so I am always heartened to hear guests comment on the warmth of the atmosphere we’ve created.”