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Many memories are made vacationing at a lake in the summertime, and often times they are too good to ever stop experiencing. Becca and Doug Worpie feel this exact way about the rugged coast of Georgian Bay where they've made a trip to every year of their life. The environment is rough and unpredictable, but "this place is my heaven" says Becca.
So, building a summer home here was their dream, but not as simple as one may expect. When they ventured out and stumbled upon the U-shaped island with a three acre piece of rock in Pointe au Baril, they also found two decrepit cottages and a boat house. They knew there was a lot of work ahead, but they also knew there was something extremely special about it.
This wasn't the type of job you could hand your contractor sketches for, they had to get much more creative than that. So the couple called upon architects Michael Meredith and his partner Hilary Sample of MOS, a young interdisciplinary practice (then) based in Toronto to take on this project. They proposed a series of buildings that formed a "necklace" around the island; the main cottage and a series of smaller cabins that could house all the overnight guests that wanted to invite in the summertime With multiple cabins, modern outdoor path lighting would be great to help navigate from cabin to cabin at nighttime.
When building the final structure they wanted to build not just something on the water, but in the water. So they designed a two story building supported by massive pontoons that was fabricated off site and floated back into place. A modest boathouse now sits inside the cove and has become the family's main summer headquarters. The boat slip and sauna are down below, while upstairs there are two bedrooms, an office, gallery, and of course incredible views.
The bridges branches off from the second story and connects the main house to the other cabins.
Although the exterior of the house is clad in untreated cedar allowing it to weather naturally, the interior is a very modern and clean. The floors and ceiling are treated with Douglas Fir to give you a very warm and cozy feeling in the space. Modern wishbone chairs surround the mid-century dining table. The art is bold and colorful, creating a very playful vibe in the space.
The modern kitchen is neutral in tone, but the clean modern lines really make a statement. You can tell each and every detail was planned out.
The stunning view is picture perfect. You could sit and stare or go outside and play, either one would be quite pleasurable.
Adding modern benches to any space with a view allows you to take it all in at every angle.
Zuo Heywood Single Natural Bench
The fireplace facade is clad with local granite and allows the bold colors of the artwork to just bounce right off of it. The playful edge comes through once again and reminds you that this place is for having fun with family and friends.
The iroko wood modern bathtub is the perfect element for connecting the interior with nature. Custom designed concrete tiles create texture and contrast to the natural wood elements of the space. After a long day of fun in the sun, i couldn't think of a better way to relax than soaking in the tub and thinking back about all the childhood memories and all the new ones created each day.
Whether you're at your own lake house of not, I truly hope you all are enjoying your summer and creating many memories that are sure to last a lifetime.
It's a Floating Lake House
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