Below are just a few of our recently completed projects.
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A happy customer is our key focus. It starts with careful listening and paying attention to the details to be able to turn the customers’ needs and wishes into reality. Mission accomplished with this beautiful custom cottage build.
As you can see from the photos this client loves colour, starting with the Federal Blue Fraser wood siding and finishing the kitchen with the coloured Elmira appliances. This cottage captures the changing colours of the landscape with the expansive east facing Great room views and is perfect for entertaining with the large main living areas (screen room, great room, kitchen) grouped together with the bedrooms off to the side. There is a loft overlooking the Great room with a pool table and TV. The kitchen features a huge stone granite wall, cherry wood cabinets and quartz counter tops. Extensive landscaping includes retaining walls, stone steps and large stone patio created with the new Permacon Arbel pavers.
This project had its challenges fitting it into the landscape with its small building envelope, saving the trees and its 25 foot vertical drop from the driveway to the building site. After the original cottage was removed and the excavation started, we could see the rock was very uneven changing about 16 feet in elevation from one side of the foundation to the other. All loose material was excavated down to rock to ensure a solid foundation. Due to the sloped and uneven rock we had all the footings engineered, which required drilling, pinning and rebar reinforcement. Most materials had to be craned into the site from the driveway above.
Innovative state of the art and high end finishes were added, including an audio system which extends to the outdoors that includes a built in music server capable of storing over 100,000 songs, a Honeywell security/home automation system with the ability to control the HVAC , lights and strategically placed cameras from virtually anywhere and built in TV’s with a dedicated closet which houses all the electronics so no wires are seen in any room at any time. As well, an ESIL electrolysis water purification system, wide plank wood flooring, composite decking with glass railings and custom tile showers were added.
We look forward to another rewarding and successful build like this one with our next client.
What started as a vacant land with bush so thick you couldn’t see the lake from the proposed building site, ended up as a beautiful lakeside home.
This is a 3 bedroom, 5 bathroom, 2400 sqft home plus finished basement and in-law suite complete with a full kitchen, bathroom. There is a second floor loft overlooking a large great room with a view of the lake and the back lot. A 4 season sunroom with 2 sky lights adjoins the massive master bedroom and offers a spectacular view all year round. The oversized 2 ½ car garage with room for the toys finishes off the design with plenty of room for everyone.
The exterior materials were chosen with minimal maintenance in mind. This was accomplished by using a 25 year shingle, aluminum soffit and fascia, Maibec wood siding and full bed real granite stone facing giving it that cottage look. The deck substructure and railings are cedar with composite low maintenance decking. Curved railings give the deck and landings an attractive accent.
The home is air conditioned. Heating is provided by a propane furnace with supplement heat via a wood stove in the basement to help keep heating costs to a minimum.
The interior is finished with a cherry kitchen, granite island counter top, stainless steel appliances, 8 inch reclaimed pine plank flooring from the Ottawa River which covers most of the main floor. All vaulted ceilings are T&G pine with solid pine doors and trim throughout.
Combining wood and real stone consistently creates a look and feel in tune with today’s cottage country styles sought after by many.
This timber frame hybrid has a combination of structural and decorative timber elements. The design of this cottage was challenged by the fact the screen room section of the original cottage had to remain. From this we designed the new portion incorporating the existing screen room and yet still creating a very practical and livable floor plan.
A key difference with this design is its kitchen. Three walls of the kitchen are without upper cabinets. Our client wanted an unobstructed view of the lake.
Another feature giving this cottage an old world look is the traditional post and beam ceiling and floor structure over the dining area made from western red cedar. Wood flooring is reclaimed pine, refitted and finish for a spectacular look which adds to that cozy cottage feel. Le Page windows and doors round out this quality and energy efficient cottage.
This cottage was designed and built based on some very definitive needs and wishes. The existing cottage had a serious problem with wetness and mold in the basement. The living space was not setup to entertain friends and family, as well the building needed lots of repairs. To eliminate problems we decided to build new.
The first of which was to ensure that the new basement was dry. Upon removal of the old cottage, we noticed that water was running over the sloped rock towards the lake right under the basement. We laid out 3 to 4 times more Big “O” drain pipe and lots of crushed gravel around the foundation and under the concrete floor for the water to flow underneath.
Our next job was to design a modest sized floor plan which met certain criteria; well laid out for entertaining guests and offering a private retreat for the owner. The master bedroom and ensuite are on the opposite side of the cottage from the entertaining rooms. The other side of the cottage has the great room, large kitchen with peninsula, dining, sunroom and deck grouped together providing a great flow between inside and outside living spaces. A loft and 2 bedrooms where added to the second floor. Building up was preferable as our building envelope had tight restraints on all sides: water front, side yard
Having a low maintenance cottage, built with quality, yet modest materials within budget was important. The exterior was attractively finished with 40 year shingles, aluminum soffit & fascia, vinyl siding, vinyl windows and cultured stone accents. All exterior wood elements are pressure treated Sienna which give the look of stained pine or cedar at a fraction of the cost.
The color scheme and furnishings of the cottage were put together by Lakeshore Designs. Buchanan Kitchen & Bath designed and installed the kitchen and bathroom vanities. The kitchen had to maintain the entertainment theme by being open and easily accessible to the other areas of the cottage. The entertainment system, climate control and a camera security system are all smart phone and web connected which was important to the owner. To house all the electronics, we made a custom vented cabinet with space below for helmets and gloves as the owner is an avid snowmobiler.
What once was a 30 year old cabin on the lake is now an award winning modern energy efficient retirement home on the shores of Rice Lake.
This home is 1424 square foot, Energy Star certified, a Timber Frame Hybrid with ICF foundation. Aside from its practical use of space designed for 2 people and visiting family, one of its major attributes is its low cost to heat and cool. Our client made it very clear to us from the onset of the design that they are on a very windy point on the lake and that the home had to be built tight.
The efficiency of this home can be attributed to four main areas, ICF basement, Icynene spray foam insulation on main floor walls and attic, window glazing treatments and a HVAC system comprised of a high efficient furnace with integrated HRV, air source heat pump and tankless water heater sized to also supply the furnace for heating.