Two boxes sit on a private peninsula projecting into a sheltered Atlantic Ocean cove. The west box, clad in black metal and vertical spruce siding, is a 600 square foot volume containing the main living area of the cottage.

Project Name: Chester Cottage
Studio Name: Habit Studio
Project Size: 1600 ft2
Completion Date: 2018
Building Levels: 1
Location: Chester, NS, Canada
Photography: Habit Studio

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Upon approaching from the north, views directly through the west box reveal the ocean beyond. Oriented south-east with double height windows on 3 sides, this space is washed in sunlight throughout the day and enjoys panoramic ocean and forest views.

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The cedar shingled east box contains the private spaces. Two guest rooms and a bath are sited for lush views into the trees. The main bedroom and ensuite project beyond the west box, closer to the water, to capture the sunrise and absolute privacy.

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Designed for connection with nature, no fuss finishes and a limited palette allow the setting to take centre stage. Durable concrete floors throughout the cottage transition outside to a generous terrace, both materials a delight for bare feet.


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