Rousseau Falls Cottage" Rousseau Falls Cottage

Rosseau Falls Cottage

Muskoka Lakes, Ontario

2 Storey contemporary Muskoka region cottage with Maibec wood siding

Situated on a west-facing bay on Lake Rosseau, with the Rosseau Falls cascading down along the north side, this cottage is influenced by its logging camp heritage. Given its close proximity to the shoreline, the existing cottage was rebuilt on the original foundation to grandfather the zoning and allow for a larger, two-storey cottage to be built in its place.

Ontario cottage living room with contemporary fireplace with stone, finished wood ceiling and walls with recessed light valance
Cottage sunroom with wrap around wood frame windows and casement windows with recessed valance light

The owners were looking for more space to accommodate their growing family and larger family gatherings. The main level was opened up and guest bedrooms moved to the upper floor. A formal entry with ample closet space leads to the main staircase and captures the view to the rockface behind the cottage.

Dining room and sun room with traditional country harvest table set with chairs, wrap around casement windows and large glass doors
Contemporary custom kitchen with walnut island and gray painted shaker cabinetry

A large kitchen overlooks the living room, while the dining area connects to the sitting room which functions as a screened porch in the summer. The sitting room features the view of the falls, which changes seasonally with the flow of water. In the spring, it is a rushing river; by late summer, it is a trickle across the rocks. The master suite is located on the main floor. Three guest bedrooms, a family room, large bathroom and laundry are located on the second floor.

Canadian cottage siting room with built in clear pine shelving and modern gray sectional couch
Contemporary cottage entryway with live edge side table, clear pine built in wardrobes, and custom walnut bench
Cottage guest bedroom with modern decor and naturally finished wood ceilings and door and window trim
Cottage Bathroom in Muskokas with large blue tiles, glass shower enclosure and integral tub

Interior finishes are bright and natural, with clear pine on the ceilings, local stone on the fireplace, and oak flooring throughout. The custom kitchen features a walnut island and grey-painted shaker cabinetry. Large windows around the living spaces allow the indoor area to unite with the surroundings in every direction. The large overhangs protect the inside from the summer sun and keep the cottage feeling warm and cozy all year.


  • Integration with the natural assets of site and terrain
  • Program and spatial optimization
  • Site-specific view and vista optimization
  • Natural ventilation and passive cooling
  • Natural daylighting
  • Renewable materials and finishes
  • Indoor air quality (IAQ) and non-toxic materials and finishes
  • Low energy lighting and appliances
  • Water conserving appliances and fixtures
Contemporary Lake Rousseau cottage with exterior landscaping and campfire pit with Adirondack chairs