BIG RIDEAU LAKE BEAUTY
Spending endless summers on the Big Rideau Lake as a child, it’s not too surprising that the new owner of one of the nicest waterfront properties on Britton Bay decided to buy her parents’ cottage a few years ago.
The shell of the old cottage was kept to allow the new building to remain in the same location and at the distance from the waterfront, but everything else was completely gutted and expanded by 25 percent. However, much care was taken to ensure that the renovated one-level cottage, plus a separate cabin and new boat house, blended beautifully with the natural environment by finishing all structures in a green, cedar shake exterior.
Inside, the ceilings were raised to 10 feet and the layout was opened to feature the original fireplace in the centre of a combined kitchen, living and dining area. The expansion included a vaulted screened porch finished in cedar with flagstone flooring, plus a new master bedroom with a private ensuite.