Lake Muskoka Boathouse


This project continues the Southern Ontario tradition of cottaging. The three season boathouse immerses itself in its surroundings, drawing from the beauty of the entire site, in addition to the powerful focus and intimate relationship it shares with the adjacent lake.

In general, the project was mainly comprised of renovation work to the exterior body of the boathouse. This included re-framing a large majority of the existing structure both of the boathouse base as well as the upper level, which had deteriorated over time, and re-cladding what had become a very tired exterior envelope. Specifically, the aim was to simplify the existing massing and generate a more compelling exterior aesthetic.


Overall, the design team chose to incorporate simple, clean, modern finishes, rich in material and texture. This in combination with the beauty of the surrounding site resulted in incredibly enduring architecture, that embodies the true spirit of great cottage design.


Douglas fir cladding, “Cape Cod” wood siding, corrugated aluminum siding, galvanized metal roof, steel/mesh guards.


Sustainability Features

    • Program and Spatial Optimization
    • Integration with the ‘Natural Assets’ of your Site and Terrain
    • Site Specific View and Vista Optimization
    • Passive Solar Heating
    • Natural Ventilation and Passive Cooling
    • Natural Daylighting
    • High Performance Envelope Design
    • Material Optimization and Modular Design
    • Renewable Materials and Finishes
    • Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Non-toxic Materials and Finishes
    • Low Energy Lighting & Appliances
    • Water Conserving Appliances & Fixtures

Project Development Storyboard

Altius Project Team Architecture

  • Graham Smith

Project Partners

  • Construction: Dyer Contracting - Port Carling
  • Construction: M.B. Robinson Contracting - Port Carling