A Hybrid Prefab in Ontario Drinks In its Lakeside Locale



A prefab core cuts down on construction time while site-built additions (like a screened porch) fine-tune the cottage for lakefront living.

Tall glass windows in the living room frame the view.

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.

The 1,600-square-foot lake home has three bedrooms and two baths, and was built for a family of three. The narrow lot has views of the water on both sides, so the firm placed the living areas on the upper floor to take advantage of this, and positioned a screened-in porch (seen on the left) to mediate between the interior and exterior.

The 1,600-square-foot lake home has three bedrooms and two baths, and was built for a family of three. The narrow lot has views of the water on both sides, so the firm placed the living areas on the upper floor to take advantage of this, and positioned a screened-in porch (seen on the left) to mediate between the interior and exterior.

Greg van Riel

The boathouse has a green roof and corrugated metal siding.

The boathouse has a green roof and corrugated metal siding.

Greg van Riel

The view of Fairy Lake from the cottage.

The view of Fairy Lake from the cottage.  

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