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Fairy Lake House in Cedar, Stone, Glass and Steel

October 02, 2017 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SANDY MACKAY

Brothers launch their construction company with an impressive lake house.

Our Homes Muskoka Mid-Summer 2017A version of this article originally appeared in the Mid-Summer 2017 issue of   OUR HOMES Parry Sound Muskoka Huntsville Haliburton, p.40. Find local businesses in our Muskoka directory. 

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 Steven and Trevor Groh of 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 Designs to 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 Hutcheson of 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 Muskoka keeps 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 Paron of DeeSign Interiors helped 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.

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