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Urban With a Rustic Twist in Muskoka

September 21, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SANDY MACKAY

A contemporary lake house gets a rustic twist in Huntsville.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Mid-Summer 2018 issue of   OUR HOMES Parry Sound Muskoka Huntsville Haliburton, p.36. Find local businesses in our Muskoka directory

The owners of this stunning new cottage spent the better part of 15 years snowmobiling and enjoying the Huntsville area on an occasional basis. Weekends and holidays at local resorts offered many opportunities to get to know the people and what the area has to offer, and they decided to find their own cottage.
 
“As soon as we turned the corner into the driveway, it was love at first sight. The view was absolutely spectacular and that is what it is all about for us.” The basic cottage that existed was appealing. The skeletal structure was excellent. It had the clean, contemporary lines they were looking for, but needed a full renovation and reconstruction in order to deliver their vision. The cottage’s original owner introduced them to Urban Rustic Living and everything its team could bring to the equation.
 
Designer Danielle Doner handled the day-to-day efforts and coordinated with the owners to ensure the design and specific taste was fully understood and implemented.
 
Builders and designers understood the direction and never resisted. Keep Muskoka, but embrace modernity. To that end, the natural stone and raw wood elements on the exterior and interior surfaces acknowledge Muskoka’s history, while the contemporary furnishings, and stunning details draw the modern edge into play.
 
The balance is more than apparent in the earthy hue of the traditional plank flooring, the ledge rock dining room wall and formidable grey granite hearth, set in contrast against white Italian leather sofas, elegant bucket chairs, sleek fireplaces from Fireplace King and hearth-mounted flat screen televisions. The refined white kitchen cabinetry from Northern Living Kitchen & Bath Ltd. beautifully frames the latest in appliances, sink and taps. In the living room, an area carpet by Taylor Carpet One softens the room.
 
Attainable Solutions Inc. built the dock that supports a well-equipped boathouse.

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