A Graceful Pool Goes In Under the Stars and Alongside the Cottage


What’s the sense of having a swimming pool when you live beside 15,000 square kilometres of water? It’s a question the Burgetz family broached in finalizing the design of their sloped-roof 7,300-square-foot cottage on Christie Beach, one of the prettiest sandy strands on Georgian Bay. “At first we were against it; no way we were spending money on a pool [when we had] a bay at our doorstep,” says Emily Burgetz. But that sentiment changed when architect Graham Smith of Altius Architecture showed them his sketches.

“It was a marvellous layout,” Ms. Burgetz says. “The bay’s waters can be chilly into midsummer, so the prospect of a morning swim from May to late October was reason enough for us to approve the plan.” That plan called for demolition of two weather-worn cottages on the site. One, a traditional 2,000-sq.-ft. cottage with three bedrooms plus loft; the second, an 800-sq.-ft. bungalow. In their stead, over a two-year construction phase that wrapped up in late 2009, emerged a glassed-in grand central pavilion flanked by two wings, surrounding a wind-sheltered interior courtyard and decking of dense Ipe hardwood…

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