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Encore Cottage on Muskoka's Little Kennisis Lake

September 28, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SANDY MACKAY

A gently-sloping lot on a calm, warm lake is now home to a beautiful new build.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Mid-Summer 2018 issue of   OUR HOMES Parry Sound Muskoka Huntsville Haliburton, p.60. Find local businesses in our Muskoka directory

Larry and Carol (Paterson) Harris didn’t have to think long when choosing someone to build their new Haliburton home. They asked builder Barry Miscio Contracting for an encore. Twelve years earlier, Barry Miscio built their cottage on Kennisis Lake.
 
“He’s the most conscientious builder I’ve ever known,” says Larry. “You will not find a more honest, trustworthy gentleman,” Carol agrees. “He’s a man of his word. His workmanship is phenomenal.”
 
The resulting four-bedroom home sits on gently-sloping land at the east end of Little Kennisis, sheltered, calmer and less windy than the big lake. On the main floor, the great room, kitchen and dining room span almost the entire width of the house. A dry-stack, cultured stone fireplace anchors one end of the living space. A nearby wet bar is finished in stone matching the fireplace. White cabinetry with marbled quartz finishes the kitchen in the centre. At the other end of the home, red leather parsons chairs flank a live-edge, wooden dinner table, crafted by the Haliburton Forest Woodshop
 
Sassy Digs supplied an LED-lit chandelier in the dining room and pendant lamps above the island. Sassy Digs owner, Shawn Smandych also provided helpful decorating advice. Benjamin Moore Rockford Gray, from Cordell Carpet, colours the main floor walls.
 
Barn board sheaths one wall of the main-floor master bedroom, where a floor-to-ceiling bay window overlooks the deck, front yard and the lake. 
 
The home was designed to be as energy-efficient as possible. Insulated concrete forms encase the basement. A geothermal system uses a 2,000-foot coil submerged in the lake to help heat and cool the home. 
 
Outside, Everitt’s Enterprises Ltd. landscaped the house to look like it’s always been there. Everitt’s used boulders and river rock to build a seawall on the shoreline. The crew used hand-split, two-inch granite to build footpaths and patios, including a large gathering spot around a lakeside fire pit. Stone stairs descend into the lake. 
 
The lake house is a year-round venue for fun and relaxation. Carol and Larry and their five children are avid snowmobilers. They often ride the 300 kilometres of groomed snowmobile trails offered by the nearby Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve.

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