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Grand Bend Beach House is Quietly Contemporary

January 15, 2019 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JASON HARTOG

The natural landscape of beach, water and woods inspired a very special cottage design.

OUR HOMES London Holiday/Winter 2018/19
A version of this article originally appeared in the Holiday/Winter 2018/19 issue of  OUR HOMES London and Middlesex County, p.20. Find local businesses in our London directory.

Jim and Jason enjoyed cottaging near Grand Bend, but they yearned for a place with waterfront access. They finally found a property two years ago, and enlisted The Barnswallow Company to help them achieve their vision: a quietly contemporary vacation home with as little visual separation from the outdoors as possible.
 
Inspired by mid-century and industrial influences as well as wood, stone and steel building materials, their new cottage is simple yet also dramatic. A wall of windows easily blends the interior and the expansive exterior deck into one vast indoor-outdoor living area for the family that enjoys entertaining friends and relatives regularly.
 
Rod Nicholson of Nicholson Builders Inc. was the general contractor. His team did much of the interior finishing and trim, including the wood panelled ceilings with exposed interior rafters that continue to the exterior as rafter tails.
 
Outside, a protected two-level stone patio carefully landscaped by Oasis Landscapes allows for easy entry on both levels of the cottage. 
 
Inside, a full wall of square-cut, random pattern Wiarton stone clads the fireplace (Safe Home Fireplace) and stands out for its rustic detailing. The rest of the great room, with a simple furniture grouping around the fireplace and a harvest table in the spacious dining area, creates minimal distraction from the lake and the woods.
 
The contemporary kitchen reflects the cottage’s sleek, quiet vibe. White oak cabinets in a simple natural finish (J&J Jones Custom Cabinets) are topped with soft grey quartz countertops. 
 
Jim and Jason are masters of the clutter-free interior where artwork is minimal and the walls are white. As a result, there is a quiet but strong connection with the natural landscape and no distraction from their view. “We wanted more than anything for the inside to feel like the outside,” Jason says. He adds that any time of the year, “there is nothing like a sunset over Lake Huron.”

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