When members of Hidden Valley’s Muskoka Ski Club decided to build a cottage where they would be able to boat into the town of Huntsville, they located a property on Fairy Lake and enlisted brothers Stevenand Trevor Grohof Groh Construction Inc. to build it for them.
The owners describe the Groh brothers’ work as meticulous and phenomenal. On a friend’s recommendation, the couple chose David Small Designsto plan their cottage, with the goal of bringing warmth and comfort into a modern setting. The unique four-bedroom house is finished in cedar, stone, glass and steel.
Stone pillars by Matt Hutchesonof Muskoka Split Rock Inc.ascend the front of the cottage, supporting a long, wide, glass-panelled deck and its timber-braced cantilevered roof. Matt used coursed limestone, pointed flush with brushed mortar joints to create a contemporary look.
Punctuated with clear cedar siding, stonework skirts the cottage, forms walls and two large fireplaces (Fireplace King). Flanked by glass, one of those fireplaces centres one side of the cedar-panelled Muskoka room. A retractable screen, 18-feet wide, by Window Quilt Muskokakeeps bugs at bay while providing an unobstructed view of the front yard and lake.
Natural-oiled oak covers interior floors. Thick fir beams span the open-concept great room, with a fireplace and sectional sofa on one side, a sleek modern kitchen at the other and a dinner table between. Decorator Dee Dee Paronof DeeSign Interiorshelped plan and expertly assembled interior furnishings and finishes, including the kitchen’s rustic, white porcelain back splash and walnut panels for the island. The contemporary cooking space is illuminated with pendant lamps by Muskoka Lighting Company.
In the master bedroom, Urban Rustic Living supplied the bedding. As a place to eventually retire, the home has everything the couple needs on the main level, and plenty more.