Monument Channel Cottage is a wonderful post and beam vacation retreat designed by Core Architects, located in Monument Channel Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada. The structural wood and cedar shingle clad home is nestled on a rocky outcropping just above a lake offering large expanses of fenestration to provide the homeowners with unparalleled views. Designed a a four season home, the 2,125 square feet of interior living spaces offer plenty of function with a welcoming atmosphere, inviting you to stay awhile. Wood is used as a primary material throughout the home and is left untreated and natural on the interiors and finished with oil sealer on the exterior facade. On the outside of the home Ipe wood is used as a decking material as well as for the handrail. The home offers a lot of privacy due to its remote location, which made it tricky to bring in all the building materials, which had to be brought in by a barge. The cottage is self-sustaining, producing its own electricity with solar panels and there is a bio-filter septic system to treat the wastewater.
Are you looking to design your own cottage retreat and need more inspiration, or just love looking at cottages? Have a look at some of our past features on Mesmerizing Nantucket-inspired coastal cottage on Lake Rosseau and Modern cottage retreat in Quebec on the shores of Lake Champlain.
Photos: Paul Orenstein
The Orcas Island Home is a contemporary prefab home design with 1,828 square feet of living space by FabCab, located on Orcas Island, the largest of the San Juan Islands, Washington. This two bedroom, two bathroom + den home home showcases major curb appeal with a reverse shed extension over the front door. The architects build eco-friendly homes, this particular one is their TimberCab home, which features Douglas Fir timberframes, including their premium level of finish. Their timeberframes and wall/roof panels have been pre-cut with state of the art technology and a licensed contractor labels the homes as an efficient build at the site. Their home packages are devised with flexibility in mind and can be shipped to most building sites.
The architects created a welcoming entryway into this rustic home, which opens to full on water views from across the room.
This beautiful open plan living room/kitchen/dining room offers a large expanse of windows to filter in plenty of natural light and offers spectacular water views. The home is nestled on a wooded landscape that helps to offer privacy and a welcoming country escape for the homeowners.
The porcelain tiling in the bathroom is from American Olean.
The beautiful furnishings featured on the deck were curated from Costco and Wayfair.
Photos: Dale Lang
Trama Apartment was recently designed for a young couple in a natural and neutral color scheme by Semerene Interior Architecture, located in Brasilia, Brazil. The apartment is comprised of 753 square feet of living space with contemporary interiors and a unique design plan that meets the needs of its owners.
Description from the architect:
The apartment of 70 square meters (753 square feet), located in a newly built building in a new district of Brasilia, was designed for a young couple. Originally, the property was distributed into well-defined environments, including living room, kitchen, laundry area, two bedrooms and a toilet in the social area.
The new design should address the residents’ needs for fluid multipurpose spaces and at the same time, should translate into the lifestyle and emotional references of the couple. Thus, priority was given to free areas, integrated and multi-functional, adaptable to different scenarios of everyday life.
Upon entering the apartment, the barriers between TV room, dining room, kitchen and service area, dissolve from a permeable central layout. The metal frame unfolds in different roles: bookshelf partition, desk, and dinner table. An element that embraces the kitchen island and becomes the heart of the project.
The kitchen and the service area had their functions reduced to the essentials and brought together in one volume arranged linearly. The service area is easily camouflaged and converted into a background panel to the dining room.
The desk acts as a reversible environment through sliding panels, and can open up to the living room to fuse with other environments, or remain closed for more privacy.
We chose neutral and natural materials such as concrete and wood. The central metallic element brings an industrial character, typical of large cities, which contrasts with the vibrant colors present in objects, furniture and walls of the living room. The result is the freshness of an urban beach, so present in the memory of the residents.
Photos: Joana França
Can Frit is a modern property developed by BOX3 Interiores for an English family from an existing finch, located on the Spanish island of Ibiza. It had an unusual layout and strange proportions due to the topography of the land.
We used natural materials to complement the existing period elements in some areas, while the retro-modern cement tile flooring strikes a balance with the sandblasted juniper ceiling and central pillar of the main room. The full width opening of the sliding doors allows for a complete inside-outside experience.
The reception space of the house was a decorative challenge; it was unusually large and seemed not to have a definite function in the house’s original design. The remodelled result is a wide entrance hall with high ceilings from which hangs a large cast iron fireplace. Together with a golden console, they give the room a welcoming warmth.
The kitchen’s central island becomes, both visually and functionally, the focal point around which life takes place. The rear kitchen, with sink and a working counter, can be easily hidden behind sliding doors to turn the dining and living room area into a reception area.
Photos: Courtesy of BOX3 Interiores
This family treehouse can be used year round for a variety of activities. The upper deck, with stunning views, is perfect for summer picnics, while the side deck is more suited for a quiet spot to read or relax. The interior has a couch for napping, a desk for writing and working, a kitchenette and small dining area. The initial inspiration for the room was a cozy spot for hosting lunch and dinner parties… in a unique and rustic setting.
The tiny getaway is anchored to a 90 foot spruce tree on the owner’s property, and has been stabilized by several fallen/dead pine trees for extra support. The spiral stair case leads right to the front door, where guests are welcomed with an open living space. To combat the cold temperatures in Colorado, Missy installed an electrical baseboard that will help keep the timber tiny home warm.
Photos: David Patterson
LP House is a contemporary property comprised of two concrete, wood and glass volumes designed by Metro Arquitetos Associados, located in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Comprised of 2,045 square feet (190 square meters) of living space this modern residence is surrounded by a wooded landscape and flooded with natural light.
From the architect: The architectural project for this house consists of two main volumes; ground floor and superior floor. The ground floor embraces the architectonical program of the house and is organized by a longilineal volume that incorporates all of the wet areas; two bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room. This main volume stretches along the whole extension of the house, parallel to the lateral border and demarcating the end and initial point of the terrain.
The main areas of the house, living room and bedrooms, open up towards the garden in a transverse direction to the wet areas. The elevated flooring, 45cm above the ground level, allows the front of the house to be used as a comfortable seating area facing the garden.
The whole structure of the house is made of reinforced concrete with a solid concrete slab and inverted beam. All enclosures are of concrete, glass and wooden panels. The superior floor, where the office is located, consists of a lighter construction, made out of steel panelling and metal structure.
The cantilever on both extremities and the narrow slit between the floor beam and the roof slab accentuate the idea of two independent volumes. The stairway is the element that unites both of these volumes, even if positioned on the outside of the house. This makes it possible to go up and down without the need for going inside the house.
A house made up of volumes that organize space and define its structure creates the desired design and a beautiful sinuous garden.
Photos: Leonardo Finotti
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