Pine Log Cabin Graduates Seamlessly to Full-Time Home


Twenty year vision for Manitouwabing Lake property is realized in retirement.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Mid-Summer 2018 issue of   OUR HOMES Parry Sound Muskoka Huntsville Haliburton, p.90. Find local businesses in our Muskoka directory

After purchasing a Manitouwabing Lake lot in 1996, the owners built a small log cottage and then expanded it into their full time home for their retirement.
The seamless transition was facilitated by a creative design by Four Seasons Log Homes. Four Seasons Log Homes captured the couple’s vision for a log home, planned the final design, built half of it in 2002 – a working half – and then added the other half as an addition more than a decade later.
“Financially, we knew we could only do it in bits and pieces,” explains the owner. “Four Seasons Log Homes designed everything, knowing that the initial size of the cottage was the smallest we could build legally.”
Today, that original 650 sq. ft. cottage built in 2002 is connected to the 1,900 sq. ft. open-concept expansion by a rustic, sliding, double barn door. It features two main-floor bedrooms furnished with end tables, dressers and log beds made by the owner's late father, a three-piece bathroom, a small living room and a sleeping loft.
To create access to the new addition, the original tiny cottage kitchen was removed. “We could barely get four people at the table,” the owner recalls. The new 13-by-17-foot kitchen is ideal for hosting family and friends. The dining area overlooks the lakefront.
A practical two-piece bathroom was also added off the hallway between the great room and the entrance.
During their days in the cosy cottage, the owners fell in love with loft living and adopted the concept on a grander scale for their new master bedroom suite. Complete with a walk-in closet and bath, the surprisingly private master-suite loft overlooks the great room.
The owners discovered Northern Iron at a cottage show, where they asked artist and patriarch of the family-owned business Lino Barbosa to hand-forge twig-motif iron legs for a coffee table. This success led to the creation of other hand-forged iron tables, chandeliers, bar stools, contemporary wall art, and pinecone-motif curtain rods.
Dave Molnar of Molnar Metal Art Design created artistic, metal, laser-cut railings for the home's lofts. In the great room, Shelley Wallace from the Fireplace & Leisure Centre helped them choose a propane fireplace with a slate-look mantel. Dainty Delights in Parry Sound custom made Roman-style blinds for the 19 windows. Matching tree limb-motif pillows complete the look.