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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.

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