HOMES

A Delightful Return to Kushog Lake in a Log Home

January 02, 2019 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SANDY MACKAY

A family returns to their favourite lake in the Algonquin Highlands.

OUR HOMES Muskoka Fall 2018
A version of this article originally appeared in the Fall 2018 issue of   OUR HOMES Parry Sound Muskoka Huntsville Haliburton, p.62. Find local businesses in our Muskoka directory

Once their kids had gone off to university, Brian and Donna Conroy's cottage days were over. They sold their Kushog Lake cottage and planned their summers otherwise. But it was only a few years before the allure of the Algonquin Highlands proved irresistible.
 
The couple’s new five-bedroom log home on Kushog Lake may be new, but the property at the end of the lake is near friends and full of memories. “Kushog is a long, narrow lake," says Donna. "You can go for a nice long boat ride and you can just see things on both sides of the lake,” she says. “There are enough bays for the guys to go waterskiing, wakeboarding or whatever else they want to do.”
 
The one-acre property’s southern end is a tiny wooded peninsula overlooking Kushog Island, nearly surrounded by water, where the original cottage, built about 75 years ago, still stands, bright yellow and red.
 
They took their plans and ideas to 1867 Confederation Log & Timber Frame who supplied logs and timbers for the two-storey home. The Conroys wanted a main-floor master bedroom as well as an office. Upstairs, they created two wings, each with two bedrooms and a bathroom, separated by a central games room. A single-stringer, pine staircase with timber treads, an original Confederation design, connects the main floor with the upstairs.
 
Francis Thomas Contracting Co. Ltd. prepared the building site, excavated the basement and built the insulated concrete form foundation. The company also installed the septic system and driveway. Builder Scott Doan of S&S Construction impressed the Conroys with his attention to detail as he laid engineered hardwood flooring and tiles from Modern Home Carpet One. He also installed trim, doors and ceilings and built a fixed dock as well as a path with handrails leading down to the lake.
 
Emmerson Lumber Limited furnished the kitchen cabinetry with granite countertops from Delray Granite while Haliburton Timber Mart supplied finishing materials and shaker-style doors throughout the home.

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