Best of Both Worlds

The Cana­dian “cot­tage” is com­plete, and it’s a per­fect com­bi­na­tion of bi­coastal style.

Timber Home Living - - The Welcome Home Series - BY SARA BROWN | PHO­TOS COUR­TESY OF CANA­DIAN TIM­BER­FRAMES

Cruise around the more than 100 miles of shore­line at Lake of Bays in On­tario, Canada, and you’ll quickly no­tice a keen re­sem­blance be­tween the homes that dot the lake’s pic­turesque perime­ter.

“The cab­ins and cot­tages in east­ern Canada tend to have a sim­i­lar look,” says Cana­dian Tim­ber­frames’ vice pres­i­dent Stephanie Bowes, adding that most of the homes are older, one-story struc­tures with low-slung rooflines and unas­sum­ing ex­te­ri­ors. “They def­i­nitely tend to have a more low-key aes­thetic.”

But while the at­mos­phere at this par­tic­u­lar lake­side home could be de­fined as low-key, its ap­pear­ance is any­thing but. “The in­tri­cate, heavy-tim­ber style is def­i­nitely some­thing we see more of in the West,” says Jeff Bowes, pres­i­dent and owner of Cana­dian Tim­ber­frames. “It’s big, bold, ex­cit­ing — it def­i­nitely turns heads.”

To achieve this eye-catch­ing façade, Jeff, his de­sign team and the own­ers of the home fo­cused as much on the back of the house as the front. “In cot­tage coun­try, the wa­ter be­comes your drive­way,” ex­plains Jeff, “so you have to show off the home from both sides.”

Along the lake­front, Jeff and his team in­cor­po­rated a two-level cov­ered deck with plenty of space for spread­ing out and spend­ing time with fam­ily and friends. There’s also a spa­cious screened-in porch (a smart so­lu­tion dur­ing the buggy spring and sum­mer months), a large firepit in the back yard, a reg­u­la­tion-size beach vol­ley­ball court and a cov­ered, tim­ber-framed boat port down by the wa­ter — and that’s all be­fore you even step in­side the home’s 6,900 square feet of liv­ing space.

The cus­tom floor plan was based on Cana­dian Tim­ber­frames’ Elk River de­sign that fea­tures two up­per-level mas­ter suites sep­a­rated by a cat­walk, two up­per-level be­d­rooms (lo­cated over the three-car garage) and four more guest be­d­rooms on the main and lower lev­els of the home. An open lay­out and spa­cious walk-out recre­ational area make the home per­fect for host-

ing large groups of peo­ple on week­ends spent away from the own­ers’ main res­i­dence in Toronto.

“More and more, we’re see­ing ur­ban pro­fes­sion­als build­ing recre­ational prop­er­ties, and these homes are an ex­ten­sion of who they are and how they live their lives,” Jeff ex­plains. “They might be week­end homes now, but even­tu­ally they’ll be spend­ing more time there, so it needs to feel right and work for the way they live now and in the fu­ture.”

Stephanie agrees. “To­day’s own­ers don’t just want their par­ents’ or grand­par­ents’ cot­tage. In­stead, peo­ple are cre­at­ing get­aways to re­flect who they are pro­fes­sion­ally and recre­ation­ally. Some­thing that truly fo­cuses on their fam­ily’s brand. This home does ex­actly that.”

A cool gray-blue hue and a sleek, clean de­sign on the cab­i­net doors lend a highly mod­ern coun­ter­point to the ruggedly nat­u­ral beams over­head and rich hard­wood floors be­neath. From the kitchen, the own­ers have a clear line of sight through the din­ing area, land­ing on the cen­tral fire­place (be­low).

“Af­ter look­ing at sam­ples and fig­ur­ing out what our client liked and didn’t like, we ul­ti­mately went with a hy­brid mix, fea­tur­ing struc­tural tim­bers in the spe­cial ar­eas and stick-built con­struc­tion in the be­d­rooms,” Jeff ex­plains. Other ma­te­rial de­ci­sions in­clude vaulted tongue-and-groove ceil­ings, dark­stained tim­bers (found on both the in­te­rior and ex­te­rior of the home) and lots of struc­tural steel plates and ca­bles, an el­e­ment that al­lows for larger ex­panses and more flex­i­bil­ity with the tim­bers.

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