A version of this article originally appeared in the Mid-Summer 2016 issue of OUR HOMES Peterborough Kawartha Lakes Cobourg Port Hope Brighton Bancroft, p.22. Find local businesses in our Peterborough directory.
RWH Construction built Karen Simon’s Cameron Lake cottage in the Kawarthas, but her fingerprints are all over it.
An avid mountain biker, potter and stained glass artist, Karen loves creating, refinishing and repurposing things. Her parents had built the original family cottage, a simple three-bedroom rectangle, in 1964. She made lifelong friends at the lake, and some have now retired and have moved to live full-time in the area.
When maintaining the aging family cottage grew arduous, she began planning a new lake house. She collaborated with a designer to create preliminary drawings.
She hired RWH with straightforward instruction for her new lake house: cosy and cottage-like.
Milt Peel and Sons Sand and Gravel Inc. installed a new septic system, graded the land and built flagstone paths and stone steps. Karen designed the fireplace with its ascending taper and large, wraparound wooden mantel. An NZ6000 Napoleon wood fireplace can heat the whole main floor on a winter day.
Karen brushed and cleaned an antique barn beam from an old barn near Lindsay to fashion the fireplace mantel. Barn boards came from St. Jacobs for the sunroom. Older barn boards, 15-inches wide and 15-feet long, were brought in from a local farm to the building site where she cleaned the planks and stored them in her boathouse for later installation on the walls of the entryway.
The entrance to the 2,056 sq. ft. lake house reveals a sweeping view, draped by tall maple trees. In the great room, pine timbers and trusses support the tongue-in-groove pine ceiling while the floor is covered with Antique Impressions hardwood flooring from Monaghan Lumber Specialties.
The large, open kitchen has polished green granite on the counters and dining bar island. The owner used an old cast iron hay trolley as the base for the lights over her dining table.
In the foyer, she combined a wagon bolster with a rebuilt and customized light fixture fitted with Edison bulbs. She cut the bottoms off Mason jars and used them as shades.