A longtime client of Altius, the owners of this residence started looking for a cottage home in 2007. After four years exploring Ontario cottage country, they purchased this property from a colleague but immediately began to doubt their decision. However, this doubt quickly melted away after they had spent their first summer there.
Project Name: Lake of Bays Cottage
Firm Website: altius.net
Studio Name: Altius Architecture Inc.
Design Team: Cathy Garrido with Steve Choe
Year: Design began in 2015, construction finished in 2017
Location: Baysville, Ontario, Canada
Consultants: Centric Engineering, BK Consulting Inc.
Photography Credits: Greg van Riel (Greg van Riel Photography)
They initially engaged Altius to do some cosmetic upgrades to the existing cottage and bunkie; and they rebuilt the boathouse a few years later. In 2015, they realized that it was time for a more substantial upgrade and contacted Altius to design a new home.
Situated on a south-facing property on Lake of Bays near Baysville, Ontario, this two-storey home has a walkout basement on the lakeside, and was designed to take in the astonishing views year-round. With teenaged children and a large extended family, they wanted more space to accommodate guests and living areas on each floor for various activities. They also planned to spend more time there when they retired, and needed this flexibility.
Their wish list included bedrooms for their children, a guest room, a master suite on the ground floor – to serve as a guest room initially, and become the master as their retirement years developed – and a more luxurious master suite on the second floor for current use. They wanted a games room on the lowest level, a living room with a large wood-burning fireplace on the main floor, ample dining area for large family meals, a well-appointed kitchen, and a living space.
A screened porch is essential in cottage country and they had come to love their hot tub, which is now a feature in the screened porch. There is also a charming deck off the second-floor sitting area that provides a wonderful lake view. To combat the hottest time of the year, there are large overhangs on the south side that shade the interiors.
The two-storey living room space features floor-to-ceiling windows that combine the two volumes perfectly. The curtain wall wraps the kitchen, providing a panoramic view of the lake while, in contrast, the banquette extends a cozy spot to dine or read. Mahogany interior walls and ceilings add warmth and richness to the interior spaces, balanced with areas of white to reflect the light where it is needed.
Despite the volume of this luxury home, the spaces are comfortable and tranquil, and offer a cherished respite at the lake.