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Getting Struck by Lightning has a Silver Lining

April 02, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SANDY MACKAY

Lightning ignites appreciation for the important things in this Muskoka residence.

Our Homes Muskoka Spring 2018A version of this article originally appeared in the Spring 2018 issue of   OUR HOMES Parry Sound Muskoka Huntsville Haliburton, p.78. Find local businesses in our Muskoka directory. 

After fire destroyed her lakeside residence, this cottage owner discovered a wonderful silver lining during the rebuilding journey. She had purchased her Silver Lake property in 2005 and retired full time to the cottage shortly after. In August 2015 a powerful lightning strike hit. Luckily, no one was home. Within four hours, she’d lost nearly all her material possessions. 
 
In the following days and weeks there was endless paperwork. Over the winter months she researched designs. She decided on using Cedarland Homes to build her new home – 1,500 square feet of open-concept space, gracious for entertaining.
 
Cedarland’s interior design team of Katelyn Moore and Amanda Saunders helped design the kitchen layout and offered advice on the style and colour of kitchen cabinets and the countless other finish decisions.
 
Cutting Edge Painting & Staining painted walls and trim to evoke a light and fresh feel throughout. Vaulted ceilings were added in whitewashed pine. Furniture is a mix of old and new pieces. Several rescued family heirlooms, including a coffee table, rocking chair and pine blanket box were restored. The cottagey master bedroom and en suite has coastal driftwood touches. Bedroom furniture and rugs in this relaxing retreat are from Harris Furniture and Antiques
 
Outside, large limestone rocks edge the foundationand complement the deep blue Westcott Navy Maibec siding with its contrasting white trim. A campfire circle, flowerbeds and circular driveway enhance the approach to the home.

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