Bala Park Seasonal Cottage by Altius Architecture, Inc

Just as other Altius Architecture, inc’s cottage projects, the site of this cottage played a major role in designing the building. With the present of a granite ridge, the architects nestled the main building against the ridge with the second level volume is landed, anchored back on to the Canadian shield. Follows the ridge, the landing for this level walks out to the future Bunkie. The roof features simple roof line with clerestory windows that tilts upwards to the ridge. These windows do not only invite the views but are also utilized to induce a lakeside draft to keep the house cool during summers. Inside, the slope site has presented itself in the interior design, for the first level volume, the ceilings’ heights are varied according to the slope with the exposed Douglas Fir roof joists provide a continuous rhythm. As a seasonal cottage, this lake house is fitted with a Tempcast masonry heater that burns with 90% efficiency, an economical and sustainable means of providing radiant heat from the early springs until the late fall seasons.   Architecture: Tony Round, Trevor McIvor.  Construction Management: Tony Round, Trevor McIvor.  Engineering: CUCCO engineering + design, Toronto.  Construction: Dyer Contracting, Port Carling. 2,200 sf Seasonal Cottage. Lake Muskoka , Ontario. Completion 2009.  Altius  Architecture, inc. Click images to enlarge

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