A prefab core cuts down on construction time while site-built additions (like a screened porch) fine-tune the cottage for lakefront living.
Faced with a tricky lot that was both narrow and “unusually flat and low,” Toronto–based firm Altius decided to flip this cottage’s floor plan, clustering the bedrooms on the ground floor and locating shared living spaces up top. “A potential drawback of this approach is that it can cause the living spaces to feel disconnected from the outdoors—not ideal for a cottage,” says the firm.
Their solution was to place a screened-in porch, or Muskoka Room, halfway between the two levels. “In this way, the role of the Muskoka Room is extended to mediate between high and low, as well as interior and exterior,” says the firm.
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