Whitefish Lake Cottage

South Nipissing, Ontario, Canada

Ontario prefabricated cottage with built in place elements and deck

The Whitefish cottage is a compact compound built for two sisters and their young families. On a grandfathered site with tight zoning restrictions, the clients decided to use Altius’ in-house prefabrication capabilities to produce a Hybrid cottage and Solo bunkie.

Living room with wood burning fireplace open to kitchen and dining room clad with Douglas fir
Cottage Living room with clerestory windows and large walk out patio doors

The cottage is part of Altius’ Hybrid program that uses a combination of prefabricated modules and site built space. The two modules angle away from each other opening up towards the lake and are connected by the living room space that was built between them. Featuring an open concept living space consisting of dining room, kitchen and living room, the cottage also has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a laundry room neatly packaged into 1200 square feet.



Dining room in prefabricated cottage with wrap around picture windows
Kitchen dining room, and living room in pre-fabricated cottage with quartz countertops with undermounted sink
Prefabricated Canadian cottage bunkie, with bunk beds and kitchenette
Exterior of an ontario cottage with Maibec siding and large picture windows made from two prefabricated modules

The 480 square foot bunkie serves as a wing of the cottage though completely detached. It features two bedrooms, a bathroom and a breakfast bar for morning coffee and movie popcorn for the kids.

The cottage enjoys the benefit of the grandfathered siting, closer to the water than what would currently be permitted and it takes full advantage of it. The living room opens on to a broad deck that gives way to natural native landscaping paved with local large format granite slabs. A stone patio with a fire pit is on the path to the spectacular curved dock that is cantilevered off the shoreline.

Ontario cottage with integrated bunkie, and decking with close proximity to lake
Ontario cottage with Maibec siding and single pitched roof and flagstone path and stair access to water

The Whitefish cottage is a wonderful example of a family choosing to pack a lot of functionality into a relatively small space while not feeling small at all.

Prefabricated Canadian cottage and bunkie with connecting deck with Douglas fir soffits and wood fascia