Chandos Lake Cottage

North Kawartha, Ontario

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 this and connect with the landscaped spaces and the dock on the waterfront.

The cottage features large social spaces designed to host the 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. And a large deck is positioned in the same place as the original cottage deck, and provides both full sun and shade throughout the day.

A mudroom with a dog wash has a separate entrance.

The master bedroom suite is located on the private side of the main floor. 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 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 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 grey and natural wood siding give the exterior a modern feel.