Modern-rustic lakeside cottage boasts tranquil views in Eastern Ontario


This modern-rustic lakeside cottage was designed by Christopher Simmonds Architect,  located in Tay Valley, a township in eastern Ontario, Canada. Perched on a steeply sloping site, this 1,900 square foot cottage was designed to enhance the magnificent views of the water while taking advantage of the spectacular sunsets.

The homeowners wanted the new cottage to be modern enough – but also respect tradition. It was also important to blur the lines between indoors and out. The main level houses living, dining, kitchen, guest room and powder room with transparent walls that blend into the landscape. A covered deck with exposed Douglas fir rafters extends the interior living space to create a floating outdoor room. 


The interior palette of this lakeside cottage includes a white tongue and groove pine ceiling and wall paneling. On the floors, white oak wide plank. A focal point of the great room is a minimalist Norwegian gas fireplace.


What We Love: This modern-rustic lakeside cottage features expansive windows the capture views of this home’s tranquil waterside setting. Indoor-outdoor lines are blurred thanks to the large windows while flooding spaces with natural light. An outdoor balcony provides a fantastic spot to enjoy both sunrises and sunsets with relaxing with family and friends.

Tell Us: What do you think of the overall design of this Canadian cottage? Would this be your idea of the perfect family retreat? Tell us why or why not in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the architects of this project, Christopher Simmonds Architect: Walls of glass define this spectacular modern home in Canada and Modern indoor-outdoor interplay: Ottawa River House.



The design of the cottage focused on quality over quantity. It met the lifestyle needs and wishes of the homeowners to have open spaces that would create a seamless connection between indoors and outdoors.


Above: Minimal glass guards disappear to allow unimpeded views from the interior.



Above: Taking advantage of the steeply sloping site, the lower level includes two bedrooms with a walkout to a stone terrace, master ensuite, bathroom, and a laundry room.




Materials used on the exterior facade of this lakeside cottage include board form concrete, western red cedar slats and soffit, horizontal reveal wood siding and standing seam metal.


Above: A cantilevered stair leading down to the lake from the deck appears to hover along the horizon.

Photos: T.H. Wall Photography

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Steven Beatty
3 years ago

love this design..will adapt to our 50 ft tiny twsp cottage georgian bay on