The thought of using their own ideas to build a lake house in Muskoka appealed to Susan and Stephen. That’s why they chose Royal Homes to construct their nine-bedroom vacation home.
Royal’s design and sales specialist Selena McConnell expertly guided them through the process. The entire family provided inspiration for the overall flow and design of the home, says Selena. “There are multiple generations that use the family cottage and the design allows for them to all be under one roof,” she says.
The upper floor of the cottage, a three-bedroom loft, is their youngest daughter’s area, a space where she can host friends and someday her own family. The ground floor, with four bedrooms and a walkout to the front yard and lake, is for another daughter who has three sons.
Stephen and Susan’s master bedroom is on the main floor, where the kitchen, great room and dining room is a gathering place for the entire family. “We all come to the main floor for breakfast, lunch, dinner and barbecues,” says Susan.
With 5,400 square feet of living space on three levels, their lake house is embedded in colourful, folded bands of granite on Loon Lake, a narrow waterbody, four kilometres long, carved out of the Canadian Shield by glaciers thousands of years ago.
The lake house is just minutes from town. Its dark blue exterior siding is trimmed in grey and white. The steep roof and matching dormers create a Cape Cod look.
The great room's high, vaulted pine ceiling frames a wall of windows overlooking the lake. Mounted high in the centre of the wall of windows is a large replica of a wooden sailing ship, a gift from Royal Homes. It complements the nautical motif, evoked throughout the cottage with rope lamps, navy pillows and tiny white anchors. At one end of the great room, a wood-burning Napoleon fireplace enhances the warm ambience.
Family and friends gather in the sleek modern kitchen. A maple butcher block tops the long kitchen island, with a wine cooler on one end, lots of drawers and storage space on one side, and a dining bar with stools on the other. Suspended from the ceiling, large, silver-framed lanterns illuminate the space. A two-sided, propane fireplace separates the kitchen from the dining room, built in an octagonal shape and finished with pine walls and ceiling.
At the other end of the main floor is the master bedroom with sliding glass doors that open to the exterior deck and a beautiful lake view. In the en suite, basketweave marble covers the floor. A crystal chandelier hangs over the French tub on one side of the bathroom and a glass-walled shower stall occupies the opposite space. White ceramic tiles with an undulating finish cover the walls.