Summer time in the prairies and the Canadian Shield is one of the most glorious places in the world. Like many of you, I enjoy the wonderful privilege of heading off to the cottage for weekends and holidays. More recently, (2013/14) we built a cottage on Black Sturgeon Lake just north of Kenora. We loved the process of finding the land and building our own family cottage. I am fortunate to have a partner who loves the creating process as much as I do. We were able to design a cottage for the way we live and entertain. We are also at the stage of life where we could envision our family expanding (i.e. kids getting married) and took that in to account in our plans as well.
We both had things that were very important to us, that were incorporated into the plans. My husband, Ralph, insisted on two dishwashers and it really is brilliant; there is never an excuse for dishes on the counter. I had my brother-in-law and architect, Jeff Penner, move the stairs back in order to accommodate a large cabinet for the living area. The kitchen island is quite a bit higher than normal, but who am I to argue if my tall family likes to cook? My son’s bedroom is a three season room that feels like he’s in a treehouse.
All of these design choices created a cottage that is a reflection of how we live and has created a place to find refreshment and rejuvenation.