Little Morgan Bay

Building on existing foundations

This cottage takes advantage of a grandfathered setback to fully engage with the lake from the buildings’ interiors while the stepped design and natural materials allow it to retreat into it’s setting. The Douglas Fir structure lends a warm feel to this contemporary design. Large lift and slide doors allow the front facade to open up almost completely to the Lake.

This cottage was built on the foundations of a 1960’s Panabode cottage. ICF’s were used in addition to accommodate an increase in the footprint. The Panabode was taken down carefully and every piece numbered for possible erection later on a different site. The existing granite fireplace was saved to be reused in the new dwelling.

The southern orientation of the building plot allowed for optimal use of passive solar gains while the roof overhangs were sized to minimze summer heat gain. A 2 storey vertical light well brings daylight into the middle of the home on both floors while also serving as a stack for passive ventilation. A green roof system provides the upper bedrooms with an enhanced foreground to the beautiful lake vistas beyond. Heat is produced through a Lake Loop geothermal system and delivered to the structure through radiant heating tubes integrated into the floors.



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
  • Renewable Materials and Finishes
  • Reclaimed and Recycled Materials
  • Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Non-toxic Materials and Finishes
  • Advanced Geothermal Systems
  • Radiant Heating
  • Heat Recovery Ventilation
  • Low Energy Lighting & Appliances
  • Water Conserving Appliances & Fixtures
  • Green Roof System

Altius Project Team Architecture

  • Construction Management: Trevor McIvor
  • Graham Smith
  • Mike Lanctot
  • Trevor McIvor

Project Partners

  • Construction: Dyer Contracting - Port Carling
  • Engineering: CUCCO engineering + design - Toronto
  • Mechanical: Gravenhurst Plumbing & Heating - Gravenhurst