Situated on the original Chandos Estates property, this cottage replaced an old single-storey cottage that was hidden from view by a large perimeter hedge. The hedge was removed to reveal wonderful views of the lake, and a new home was designed to take advantage of and connect with the landscape.

Project Name: Chandos Lake Cottage
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Studio Name: Altius Architecture Inc.
Design Team: Cathy Garrido with Camelia Melchiori and Logan Amos
Area: Residential
Year: Design began in 2014, construction finished in 2016
Location: North Kawartha, Ontario, Canada
Consultants: Hamann Engineering Structural Consultants Ltd.
Photography Credits: Arnaud Marthouret (Revelateur Studio)

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The formal entrance leads into a cozy living room with seating around the wood burning fireplace, as well as a reading nook that takes in the view.

The cottage features large social spaces designed to host extended family. A spacious kitchen and dining room lead to the screened porch by way of a large sliding door that pockets into the wall. An outdoor kitchen with a built-in grill and smoker is adjacent to the screened porch, protected by a roof and privacy screen. A large deck is positioned in the same location as the original deck and provides a spectrum of sun and shade throughout the day. Through a separate entrance, there is a mudroom with a dog wash.

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On the more private side of the main floor the master bedroom suite can be found. Three guest bedrooms are located on the second floor while the walk-out basement hosts another two bedrooms, bathroom, bar, home theatre and rec room with a pool table.

The material palette features Douglas fir windows and ceilings, with white oak cabinetry and concrete and oak floors. Natural stone anchors the base of the cottage while dark gray and natural wood siding give the exterior a modern feel.


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