Skerryvore Bay



Expanding on the original cottage built in 1923, this new addition responds to it’s historic character by employing pitched roofs and exposed heavy timber framing. Connecting the new and old buildings on both the main and second stories is a spacious screened porch and breezeway covered by a roof deck, providing elevated views to the water, and a sheltered south facing sun deck. Although the traditional facade has been maintained, the new main floor layout incorporates a modern open concept plan, providing many views of the beautiful landscape while creating a dialogue between kitchen, dining and living areas.

As the new addition extends from the existing cottage, the floor plan and pitched roofs turn and gesture out directly toward the visible shoreline. A large sliding door opens up the entire end of the lowered living room, framing a prefect view of the lake that is also visible from the kitchen and dining room. Cozy bedrooms and a full bathroom occupy the second story while providing views over the surrounding trees to the lake.











Grey bleaching oil was used on natural wood siding and combined with heavy rafter tails for a worn andrustic look. Matte black structural connection plates and hardware continue the rustic theme throughout and add a hint of industrial aesthetics to compliment the large exposed timber. Wood ceilings throughout are illuminated by high positioned indirect light valances for a natural warm atmosphere.



  • Program and Spatial Optimization
  • Integration with the ‘Natural Assets’ of Site and Terrain
  • Site Specific View and Vista Optimization
  • Passive Solar Heat Gain
  • Natural Ventilation and Passive Cooling
  • Natural Daylighting
  • High Performance Envelope Design
  • Renewable and/or Recyclable Materials and Finishes
  • Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Non-toxic Materials and Finishes
  • Low Energy Lighting & Appliances (LED, CFL lighting and Energy Star appliances)
  • Renewable Energy Systems

Altius Project Team Architecture

  • Architecture: Trevor McIvor
  • Logan Amos

Project Partners

  • Engineering: Hamann Engineering