A warm yet inviting modern lake cottage in Canada used for entertaining


This beautiful modern lake cottage was designed by Altius Architecture, located in North Kawartha, a township in northern Peterborough County, Ontario, Canada. Situated on the original Chandos Estates property, this cottage replaced an old single-storey cottage that was hidden from view by a large perimeter hedge.

The hedge was removed to reveal wonderful views of the lake, and a new home was designed to take advantage of this and connect with the landscaped spaces and the dock on the waterfront. The cottage features large social spaces designed to host the extended family. Continue below to see the rest of this spectacular home…


The material palette features Douglas fir windows and ceilings, with white oak cabinetry and concrete and oak floors. Natural stone anchors the base of the cottage while dark grey and natural wood siding give the exterior a modern feel.


The formal entrance leads into a cozy living room with seating around the wood burning fireplace, as well as a reading nook that takes in the view.


What We Love: This modern lake cottage boasts light and airy living  spaces with expansive windows framing serene views. Minimally designed the architects made the focus of this home on the natural surroundings, creating an inviting experience for both owners and their guests. We are loving the spacious indoor/outdoor living spaces that are perfect for entertaining with unforgettable lake views.

Tell Us: What are your thoughts on the design of this lake house? Let us know in the Comments, we love reading your feeback!

Note: Check out a couple of other stunning home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign in the province of Ontario: Dreamy waterfront cottage has rustic yet refined details on Lake Simcoe, Ontario and Beautiful Canadian cottage features delicious details on Lake Muskoka.



A spacious kitchen and dining room lead to the screened porch by way of a large sliding door that pockets into the wall.




The main bedroom suite is located on the private side of the main floor. Three guest bedrooms are located on the second floor while the walk-out basement hosts an additional two bedrooms, bathroom, bar, home theatre and recreation room with a pool table.


A mudroom with a dog wash has a separate entrance.


An outdoor kitchen with a built-in grill and smoker is adjacent to the screened porch, protected by a roof and privacy screen. A large deck is positioned in the same place as the original cottage deck, and provides both full sun and shade throughout the day.






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Jennifer Roberts
2 years ago

One word, Simple! I think it needs a woman’s touch of design.