Beside the Georgian Bay in Ontario, architect and partner at Toronto's CORE Architects Charles Gane built a 2,100-square-foot getaway for himself that combines urban building practices with rugged self-sufficiency. The aluminum window system and flat roof are common characteristics of Toronto's high-rises, while the cedar shingles belong to cottage vernacular.
The home maintains remarkable material consistency, with Douglas fir cladding the beams, kitchen countertop, and interior walls. The open-plan kitchen absorbs views of the lake through an expansive glass wall.
A covered fireplace and sitting area anchor the deck, which overlooks the water.
Though it is spacious and modern, Gane's cottage functions entirely off-the-grid. Sewage is treated on-site, water is filtered from the lake and cleansed with ultraviolet light, and an impressive solar array provides energy with battery storage.
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