Pine Lake Cottage

Perth, Ontario, Canada

Contemporary simple cottage with corrugated steel siding and large sliding door opening corner
Cottage deck with large sliding door opening into the cottage interior

The Pine Lake Cottage emphasizes affordability with an eye for efficiency. Emerging from the teardown of the previous residence, this cottage was built entirely on the pre-existing foundation. In addition to being a cost-effective solution, this strategy also minimized the building’s impact on the surrounding natural environment.

Investing in energy saving solutions for the future, the building is heated through a geothermal system. A roof structure comprised of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) allowed for the prefabricated materials to be rapidly assembled on site while providing a strong, airtight, and energy-efficient building envelope

Minimalist cottage kitchen with exposed structure ceiling. Wood and Stainless steel countertops.
Eastern Ontario cottage with tiered deck designed around existing trees and vegetation

The offset volumes that characterize the design add depth to the simple massing, where layers of light and shadow delineate the façade. The volumes are further articulated through material selection, giving a unique quality to this modern dwelling. A contrasting material pallette of light and dark emerges from the visual language found in the biodiversity of the surrounding forest, engaging the neighbouring birch and pine trees.

The protruding geometries define thresholds, creating subtle transitions in the experience of space, while shading occupants from rain and sun. Large sliding doors frame the living room, extending space to the deck and landscape beyond, blurring the lines between interior and exterior.

Cottage Entrance with large Douglas Fir overhangs and steel columns supporting roof overhang
Open cottage interior with wood burning stove, polished concrete floors, exposed ceiling structure and open kitchen