HIDEAWAYS Magazine http://www.hideawaysmagazine.com A celebration of fine cottage lifestyle Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:48:48 +0000 en-CA hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.12 Pull Up A Chair http://www.hideawaysmagazine.com/pull-up-a-chair/ http://www.hideawaysmagazine.com/pull-up-a-chair/#respond Fri, 30 Jun 2017 19:58:19 +0000 http://www.hideawaysmagazine.com/?p=2088 AN ICONIC PIECE OF FURNITURE PROVES IT CAN ADAPT TO JUST ABOUT ANY STYLE Incorporating some classic Canadiana into your décor doesn’t have to confine you to a woodsy theme. Here, some creative local business owners take the iconic Muskoka chair and reinterpret it in four distinct ways, taking it from the hearth to the […]

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AN ICONIC PIECE OF FURNITURE PROVES
IT CAN ADAPT TO JUST ABOUT ANY STYLE

Incorporating some classic Canadiana into your décor doesn’t have to confine you to a woodsy theme. Here, some creative local business owners take the iconic Muskoka chair and reinterpret it in four distinct ways, taking it from the hearth to the lake, and from cutting edge to eclectic. But no matter which style you prefer, the classic slatted wooden chair—as synonymous with Muskoka as the common loon—is always an inviting place to take a seat, sip a beverage, and enjoy the view.

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ECLECTIC RUSTIC

Everything old is new again, but add some new carefully, and you’ll keep your old-world charm. Th e Muskoka chair looks right at home as the centrepiece in this upcycler’s dream of yesteryear, courtesy of Gypsy Market Mews.

 

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MODERN

Proving the chair is as versatile as it is comfy, Summer House Interiors brings things up a notch in a contemporary styling with plenty of texture, glass, and metallic shine.

 

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TRADITIONAL

As perfect by the dock as by the fire, and as ideal for a cup of coffee as for a glass of wine, this arrangement by HillTop Interiors shows just why the Muskoka chair is an enduring Canadian classic.

 

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NAUTICAL

Think there’s nothing new about a Muskoka chair on a dock? Think again. Styled by Lake Livin’ at Port Sandfield Marina, this arrangement takes a fashionable approach to the nautical theme.

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Three For Three http://www.hideawaysmagazine.com/three-for-three/ Fri, 30 Jun 2017 19:25:28 +0000 http://www.hideawaysmagazine.com/?p=2126 In the early 20th century, American writer Laura Ingalls Wilder penned a tidy phrase that has become a staple in the real estate industry. “Home,” she wrote, “is the nicest word there is.” For those who have sought and found their dream home or cottage in the Muskoka region, that sentiment surely rings true. Little […]

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In the early 20th century, American writer Laura Ingalls Wilder penned a tidy phrase that has become a staple in the real estate industry. “Home,” she wrote, “is the nicest word there is.” For those who have sought and found their dream home or cottage in the Muskoka region, that sentiment surely rings true.

Little wonder, then, that the search for that home or cottage can sometimes be a long and emotional journey. Sandy Waldie, in partnership with her daughter, Samantha, sometimes spends years helping clients fi nd just the right property for their individual needs and wants.

In a perfect world, the right buyer would find the right property immediately. But, in reality, patience is essential. With their depth of knowledge and understanding of the area, its geography, and its history, the Waldie Girls have a vital role to play in facilitating the process of bringing the right cottage and the right family together. Sandy and Samantha’s specialized experience in the three big lakes of Muskoka makes them the connoisseur’s choice for prestigious listings, but they apply the same integrity, diligence, and enthusiasm to all properties, from lovely small country gems to delightful family cottage estate jewels.

This summer, Sandy and Samantha Waldie are especially enthused about three exceptional properties in their current menu of listings, each an iconic and well-reputed landmark in its own right. Spanning the three big lakes, this trio represents the pinnacle of the region’s appeal and embodies the sought-after Muskoka dream.

CHAYNEMAC ISLAND

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Often affectionately known as the “Island Girls,” Sandy and Samantha have a history of involvement with prestigious private island property sales in Muskoka. This year they are delighted to include historic Chaynemac Island among their listings. Dating back to the 1800s, this stunning four-acre island on Lake Muskoka offers exceptional privacy, endlessly picturesque views, and living space for multiple generations.

The island’s gently sweeping grounds are charmingly accented by a Tolkienesque series of historic stone pathways leading around the island and between the stately Great House, four additional guest residences, and two boathouses (comprising a total of 16 launches). Timelessly enjoyed by generations of families, the Great House is renowned for having in its living area the largest single pane of glass of any Muskoka house.

New owners of Chaynemac Island will be enchanted by its singular delights, including a famed private “skinny dip house” with sauna, sunset steamer dock, and elegant eight-pillared stone breezeway.

The essence of the private island kingdom, the property belonged to business magnate Nelson Davis—owner of the N.M. Davis Corporation and Toronto’s Parkwood Motors—from 1941 until his death in 1979 and is currently owned by the family of Bill and Ann Deluce.

The Waldie Girls also have another remarkable island offering among their listings this summer: glorious Buck Island, Lake Muskoka. In the coveted Beaumaris corridor, this exquisite turn-of-thecentury landmark 15-bedroom summer island estate features sweeping views, sandy coves, and 1,200 feet of shoreline. A magical castle of beauty.

 

KELLY POINT

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Also among Sandy and Samantha’s 2017 listings is a rare find on magnificent Lake Rosseau: Kelly Point, one of Rosseau’s finest sunset landmarks, comprising 4.5 acres of land and 1,825 feet of shoreline. Accessed via a stately tree-lined entrance, this fashionably private and exclusively addressed property north of Windermere will make the perfect family compound now and for generations to come.

The breathtaking views from the point across the vast island-dotted waters and rocky outcrops of Lake Rosseau are classic Canadiana. The water’s edge cottage, originally built in the late 1800s, has been meticulously and elegantly restored to invite the comforts of the present day without interfering with the building’s integrity and classic architecture. Meandering flagstone pathways and a grand circular stone sunset cocktail terrace overlooking the lake are carefully preserved hallmarks of the property’s heritage.

With two sweeping waterfront lots—inviting room for growth with a severed waterfront parcel ideal for another family cottage—Kelly Point makes the perfect multigenerational vacation property. Two boathouses off er between them two large slips plus an antique launch slip as well as a grandfathered oversized grand two-bedroom second-floor ‘pied-a-terre’ guest suite. With a magnificent sunset swim dock, a toddler-friendly beach, and a pleasing change house, the next owners of this remarkable property are certain to cherish it for years to come. A reputed landmark stately addressed amidst similarly grand estates. Rosseau’s east shore serves up unquestionable privacy and vistas.

 

LOOKOUT POINT

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If, on the other hand, a family is looking to tailor their Muskoka dream to their exact specifications, they are in luck. The Waldie Girls have the perfect property, with over four acres in the quiet and exclusive reaches of Lake Joseph. Located on the north shore, this site on famed and historic Lookout Point boasts an almost unheard of 800 feet of untouched prime lake frontage. The property features everything Muskoka is prized for, including majestic granite outcroppings, flat table rock shelves, and an ideal swim grotto. Even better, a perfect building site is cleared and ready with a driveway and hydro already in place.

Nestled in the shade of century-old pines and hemlocks, a Lookout Point cottage will enjoy incredible privacy, wide open vistas, and glorious sunsets, with the Picnic Islands just a paddle board ride away. This large stretch of shoreline promises the ideal location to dream up, design, and build a treasured family compound.

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Out To Launch http://www.hideawaysmagazine.com/out-to-launch/ http://www.hideawaysmagazine.com/out-to-launch/#respond Fri, 30 Jun 2017 19:08:16 +0000 http://www.hideawaysmagazine.com/?p=2069 Steve Jobs once said, “Design is not just what it looks and feels like. Design is how it works.” Naturally, the late entrepreneur was speaking in the context of Apple’s sleek technology offerings, but the principle applies in any discipline with a design element, where the marriage of luxury and utility is always the ultimate […]

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Steve Jobs once said, “Design is not just what it looks and feels like. Design is how it works.” Naturally, the late entrepreneur was speaking in the context of Apple’s sleek technology offerings, but the principle applies in any discipline with a design element, where the marriage of luxury and utility is always the ultimate objective.

 

A recently built launch house on an island property in Lake Muskoka’s central corridor seems to have achieved that objective strikingly. Built by Fitzmaurice Bros. Carpentry over one winter, the launch house offers exceptional functionality and has charm to spare. A HOME OF THEIR OWN Many cottagers take pride in their role as shared keepers of the area’s storied history. At the same time, our desires are affected by new technologies, advances in materials, and the ebb and flow of style.

Jamie Doran, partner at Fitzmaurice Bros., sees this in his clients. “Much of our core business exists in servicing clients who own some of Muskoka’s longest-standing estates and properties,” he explains. “Many of our clients are actively concerned with maintaining the original architectural and historical value of their property’s past, while integrating modern conveniences.” It’s a similar impetus that drives those who collect, restore, and care for antiques. Owners of launch houses recognize the value in these unique structures and understand the part they play in helping to maintain and serve the historical integrity of their treasured classic and antique boats.

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“Many of our clients are actively concerned with maintaining the original architectural and historical value of their property’s past, while integrating modern conveniences.”
Jamie Doran– Fitzmaurice Bros. Carpentry

BUILT FOR SERVICE, BUILT TO LAST

As recently as 30 years ago, this lakeside project would have been built on wooden cribs. Today, steel has taken over as the substructure of choice for most shoreline builds. Its stability and longevity are second to none, maintenance is almost nonexistent, and it has a lesser environmental impact on lake habitat. For the launch house, Fitzmaurice Bros. coordinated with long-time associates, Coulson Bros., who fabricated and installed the steel substructure for this sizeable lakeside project.

The four-slip launch house includes a lift in each slip supported by an overhead steel structure. Also, a sizable workshop area within the launch house, gives the owner plenty of room and access to his boats for maintenance projects.

Powered bay doors on the south and east walls open up wide access points for golf carts and oversized loads and equipment. The south side bay door was designed to open in close proximity to a rail elevator, helping the homeowners easily move heavy loads up to the main cottage.

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PLEASING TO THE EYE

Built to harmonize aesthetically with the main cottage, the launch house draws inspiration from traditional Beaumaris architecture. With a gentle slope and shed-style window dormers on all sides, the complex roofline had to be custom framed. Striking corbels at the east side bay door add a touch of architectural intrigue while supporting an extended overhang. The exterior of the launch house is clad with Cape Cod siding in a soft pewter grey, which complements its woodsy background as well as the lake tones in front. An extended soffit overhang on the dock side creates a tidy shaded strip, perfect for a place to sit away from the sun’s glare. Finally, an expansive cedar-decked dock makes a great spot for gatherings, or to lounge in the sun after a swim.

Thanks to careful planning and masterful construction, this lovely launch house achieves the best aims of good design. It is both classically stylish and perfectly tailored to its purpose.

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Labour of Love http://www.hideawaysmagazine.com/labour-of-love/ Fri, 30 Jun 2017 16:57:41 +0000 http://www.hideawaysmagazine.com/?p=2109 A DESIGNER COLLECTION OF FURNISHINGS, ART, AND ACCESSORIES FINDS A HISTORIC HOME IN DOWNTOWN BRACEBRIDGE   Sometimes small ventures lead to big adventures. Just ask Elise Boyer, owner and principal decorator at Veranda, a stunning twobuilding, four-showroom home furnishings, art, and accessories store located in downtown Bracebridge. Now housed in a historic Muskoka building at […]

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A DESIGNER COLLECTION OF FURNISHINGS, ART, AND ACCESSORIES FINDS A HISTORIC HOME IN DOWNTOWN BRACEBRIDGE

 

Sometimes small ventures lead to big adventures. Just ask Elise Boyer, owner and principal decorator at Veranda, a stunning twobuilding, four-showroom home furnishings, art, and accessories store located in downtown Bracebridge. Now housed in a historic Muskoka building at 24 Manitoba Street, Veranda began as a straightforward retail endeavour in Huntsville fifteen years ago.
Customers were impressed by Elise’s unique collection of affordable, high quality items sourced from Canadian artisans, trade shows, and international locales. That part went according to plan. But her design flair and heartfelt enthusiasm were so apparent that visitors to the store soon began to ask Elise to come to their homes or cottages to provide design guidance. Thus, a new, unexpected career was born. Showing the utmost respect for her clientele regardless of their budget, Elise quickly built a reputation and a loyal following as a decorator and consultant.

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A DESTINATION IN ITSELF

 

Jump ahead to the present day and Veranda has moved from Huntsville to Bracebridge, where it now occupies the old Odd Fellows Meeting Hall, built in 1904. Displayed in four distinct themed showrooms (Retreat, Home, Lakeside, and Cottage), a walk through the Veranda collection adds an element of theatrical allure to the retail experience. Carefully preserved details of the original building—including a meticulously restored, expansive tin ceiling, original wooden doors, and stained glass inserts—complement the Veranda collection, making the store a destination in itself.
Just in time for Canada’s sesquicentennial, a few doors down at 40 Manitoba Street, a recently opened fifth showroom displays a collection of predominantly Canadian-made items in a Woodlands theme. Rich in rough-sawn and liveedge wood pieces, the outlet location indulges in the iconic Canadian “lodge ambience” and features recognizable Canadian lines such Red Canoe clothing and HBC accessories and décor.

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AUTHOR, AUTHOR!

 

The careful restoration of the Odd Fellows Hall is just one example of Elise’s determination to be part of a larger revitalization in the downtown core, and to contribute to the cultural dynamic of the region. As the central Muskoka retail branch of Muskoka Books, Elise proudly advances their mission to “preserve, expand, and share with as many people as possible the rich saga of Canada’s renowned Muskoka District.” Veranda’s extensive book collection includes fiction and non-fiction about the area, as well as numerous titles written by local authors. Also in partnership with Muskoka Books, Elise offers a collection of Muskoka Heritage Photo Art—enlarged heritage prints reproduced on canvas.

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EVERYTHING BY DESIGN

 

Th e collection on display in Veranda’s showrooms is impressive, but Elise’s reach extends well beyond what you see. Thanks to an expansive network of suppliers and contacts worldwide, she and her staff can help you track down the item you’ve got in mind, or modify an existing piece to suit it to your unique space and vision. With an enormous supply of fabrics at a range of price points, plus the services of a team of seamstresses and upholsterers, just about anything is customizable to your home or cottage.

Furnishings include everything from hutches to complete bedroom and dining suites and a tremendous selection of sofas in all sizes and styles. In addition, Veranda has a wide range of rugs, including sample tiles that can be brought home and tried out. The line of textiles also includes tablecloths, placemats, and bedding. Accessories and décor range from the eclectic to classic and everything in between.

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FULL CIRCLE

 

Despite the success of the store, thanks to her very knowledgeable staff , Elise is still able to pursue her passion as a decorator and consultant. “It’s what I love to do,” she says. Her own taste favours European fl air, but as a decorator she is careful never to impose her vision on her clients. “Great interior décor must come from the heart of those who occupy that space,” she explains. “There are no rules. If clients want or need direction, we are here to help, but we do not tell people what they should and should not like.”

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A CRAFT BREWERY THAT IS SO MUCH MORE http://www.hideawaysmagazine.com/craft-brewery-much/ Fri, 30 Jun 2017 15:28:10 +0000 http://www.hideawaysmagazine.com/?p=2208 Emerging, bleary eyed, from another endless winter, I made my glorious return to Muskoka over the Victoria Day weekend and settled back in at the cottage with some friends. With the annual maintenance chores taken care of by Saturday afternoon, my weary mind settled on two thoughts: 1) I wonder what’s new around here? and […]

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Emerging, bleary eyed, from another endless winter, I made my glorious return to Muskoka over the Victoria Day weekend and settled back in at the cottage with some friends. With the annual maintenance chores taken care of by Saturday afternoon, my weary mind settled on two thoughts:

1) I wonder what’s new around here? and   2) Must have beer.

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I had grabbed a copy of the local visitors guide at a gas station on my way into town, and I idly flipped through it on the dock. An ad for Sawdust City Brewing Co. jumped out at me. I’d been loosely aware of the place for a couple of summers, but somehow I’d never checked it out. It seemed a likely way to satisfy the brain’s fixations on 1) and, more importantly 2), above. I hustled my friends together and we hopped in the boat and headed over to the Muskoka Wharf.

We strolled up from the Wharf, basking in the afternoon sunshine. It took about 10 minutes to get to Sawdust City, but with our jobs done at the cottage, we were feeling pretty chill, and we enjoyed the walk up Bay Street with its old manor homes. I could almost picture them in their heyday, their elegant Victorian and Georgian architecture symbolic of the owners’ status as the barons and executives of Muskoka’s lumber trade. Th at lineage would surely have provided the inspiration for Sawdust City Brewing Co.’s name. Gravenhurst was once known by the moniker because of the number of sawmills that lined the shores of today’s Muskoka Wharf, Lake Muskoka’s most southern point.

I was expecting such a new brewery to have a small tasting room and niche following at this point, but I was entirely off the mark.

Sawdust City Brewery Co. is in one of my favourite neighbourhoods, within the several-block radius surrounding the Gravenhurst Opera House, Oar and Paddle Restaurant, and Gypsy Market Mews—a few of Gravenhurst’s famed local hotspots. It struck me how Sawdust City had been part of a transformation in the downtown business core since it opened in 2014. The whole area seemed transformed, vibrant, and bristling with energy.

First impression upon entering: Sawdust City is big. Huge. I overheard the bartender telling a tourist that the building was once a Canadian Tire store, which gives you an idea. Hardware and automotives are the last thing you’d think of when you walk in, though. Sawdust City is a fully-fl edged brewery operation, with tons of seating in a spacious, multi-room environment, and even though I went at an off -peak time (early afternoon on a Saturday) the place was packed. A three-piece blues band was in the middle of their second set. This was the first, but not the last, time during our visit that I heard myself uttering “I can’t believe I haven’t been here before.”

As you would expect in Muskoka, even though the space is large, there was a warm, cottage feel, and the ambience was welcoming. As we scanned the place for a free table, I sensed we would have been welcome to share with just about anyone.

We found a spot in the pub area, which looks out over the production floor. From there you can watch the brewmaster Sam Corbeil and his team working to bring life to their tasty brews.

 

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Beer Snob, Beer Noob, or somewhere in the middle?

 

We initially ordered two “flights” each. A flight, for the uninitiated, is comprised of four quarter-pint glasses or 4 oz. Each glass is filled with one of Sawdust’s 12 beers, all brewed on-site. Now I’m not a beer snob, but I’m no Coors Light drinker either. I found that the Sawdust Kölsch and Little Norway brews were flavourful easydrinkers. In fact, since this first visit to Sawdust, their Kölsch has become my new go-to beer. Luckily for me, I can get it at my local LCBO in Oakville.

My friend Bram, who leans more toward the “Beer Snob” side of the spectrum, has been aware of Sawdust since their launch in 2014. He tells me that Sawdust is already one of the most respected craft breweries in Canada. I probed the bartender on this, and he said Sawdust has been the recipient of many awards internationally—a fact evidenced by the trophies on the wall.

Bram had ordered a dark stout hilariously called “Long, Dark Voyage to Uranus.” After taking a sip, he elaborated on the “Long, Dark Voyage” for the benefit of the bartender, who was the only person present who could really understand what Bram was on about. “This stout,” said Bram, “is dark with a ruddybrown cap in the glass. It smells pretty, almost berry-like and the flavour follows suit. There is a hint of roastiness but it doesn’t cross into harshness.” The bartender agreed with Bram’s assessment and a long, adjectiveladen beer geek conversation ensued. (I just watched the band.)

Jason, the “noobiest” of our bunch, admitted to being a wine drinker, but the bartender found him quite a comfortable home in the “Little Norway” brew—a light, crisp lager which is arguably Sawdust’s lightest beer. Incidentally, the “Little Norway” name has historical and local roots. In 1940, as World War II gripped Europe, Canada opened its arms to an occupied Norway and an alliance was forged between the two countries. Gravenhurst then became home to over 3,000 Norwegian airmen as they used our small airport as a base to hone their aviation skills. Th us, we became endearingly known as “Little Norway.” I know all this from my history degree, of course. (Just kidding—I read it on the can.)

 

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Exceptional beer and a great experience!

 

With the band playing on the day of our visit, the environment at the brewery is festive. “We put our best effort forward to make every trip to the brewery an experience,” brewmaster Sam Corbeil tells me. “Sawdust City’s events, both annual and weekly, are a big part of what helps introduce new people to the brewery. Next to the quality of our beer, giving people a great experience at the brewery is the most important thing to us.” From weekly trivia nights to full – blown multi-day events, the Sawdusters have a robust entertainment agenda. If not just for the beer, Sawdust City gives cottagers looking for a good time plenty of reasons to come on down to Gravenhurst.

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Then & Now With Paul Crammond http://www.hideawaysmagazine.com/then-now/ Fri, 30 Jun 2017 15:05:41 +0000 http://www.hideawaysmagazine.com/?p=2264 MBA Broker Chestnut Park When Paul stopped by with his personal collection of MLA yearbooks, going as far back as the 1950s, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at how cottaging costs and values have changed over the years. 1969 Woodstock or wood boat? This little 1969 ad features a 1928 Ditchburn […]

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When Paul stopped by with his personal collection of MLA yearbooks, going as far back as the 1950s, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at how cottaging costs and values have changed over the years.

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1969 Woodstock or wood boat?

This little 1969 ad features a 1928 Ditchburn for sale for $3500. This same boat in premium condition today would be worth upwards of $250,000.

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1965 COLOUR TV!

An Electrohome colour tv ad in the 1965 issue of the MLA yearbook puts this cutting-edge entertainment system at just under $500. Today’s state-of-the-art home cinema theatre system can range
anywhere from $50,000 to $2,000,000 — depending on how thrilling cottagers would like their experience to be.

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Return On Investment!

Burnt Island – Purchased in 1938 for $900, this 33-acre property was sold by Paul in 2007 for $7.5 million. Owned by the same family for 68 years, the sale held the record for an island property on Lake Joseph until 2016.

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1970 “Cottage” Package

A modest predecessor to the current footprint of today’s big lakes cottages, this 1970s Beaver Lumber building package retailed for $5500, including labour. A comparable building materials package today would be roughly $58,000 without the labour.

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Float Your Boat 1963

The 16-foot runabout featured in this 1963 ad for Greavette would have retailed for around $3000. Today’s performance luxury boats of this size would start at $45,000.

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1954 Outboard outlay

This 7.5 hp Evinrude, would have retailed for around $250. A comparable outboard today would ring in at $2100.

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High Function Is High Fashion http://www.hideawaysmagazine.com/high-function-high-fashion/ Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:50:49 +0000 http://www.hideawaysmagazine.com/?p=2193 In 1879, Thomas Edison invented the incandescent light bulb, disrupting centuries of established home design. Today, in the anatomy of our homes and cottages, electricity is the lifeblood, with current flowing unseen and largely forgotten inside our walls, ceilings, and floors. Every time we flip a switch, push a Start button, or open the fridge, […]

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In 1879, Thomas Edison invented the incandescent light bulb, disrupting centuries of established home design. Today, in the anatomy of our homes and cottages, electricity is the lifeblood, with current flowing unseen and largely forgotten inside our walls, ceilings, and floors. Every time we flip a switch, push a Start button, or open the fridge, we are realizing Edison’s vision of a human world animated by electricity.

Thirty years ago, incorporating electrical work into your design plans mostly involved figuring out the best placement for light switches, outlets, and fuse boxes. Like everything else in the digital world, much has changed. Today, a good electrician is an essential member of any home design team, and the time to recruit them is at the planning stage.

For a recent new build, electricians at Chuck McNair Electric Ltd. accompanied clients on a job-site walkthrough once the cottage was framed. This essential step is the perfect time for discussing aspects of the electrical design that might not have occurred to homeowners, such as plans for outdoor and seasonal lighting, security, wi-fi, and audio video systems. On this particular project, expansive windows overlooking the lake meant that the indoor lighting would have a major impact on the cottage’s exterior effect, particularly after dark. But even for more traditional homes, having a consultation with your electrical team before and during the wiring process can save you later from legions of unsightly extension cords and fumbling in the dark for a light switch.

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THE SMART APPROACH

Ironically, with the aim of making our lives simpler (i.e. double checking that all windows and doors are closed) the introduction of home automation has made electrical systems in the home significantly more complex. At the same time, our growing addiction to technology requires a standard of effortlessness at the user level. That is, we want “smart” homes, but we don’t want to need a degree in software engineering to be able to enjoy them. Chuck McNair and his sons, Stephen and Mitchell, keep their fingers on the pulse of new technology so that their customers don’t have to.

“A home control system can turn multiple complex controls, such as your lighting, heating, ventilation, shading, and security systems, into one easy system controlled from your smartphone,” explains Mitchell. That level of control can pay off in cost reductions and energy conservation, as well as convenience. For example, instead of having your air conditioner programmed to turn on an hour before you typically arrive home, you can switch it on from the restaurant after an unplanned dinner with your colleagues. According to Michell, “most new builds incorporate live-feed camera operation and control of multiple operations of the cottage.”

Due to the nature of the construction process, as well as building codes and insulation requirements, it’s important to maintain communication with your electrician, and for your electrician to consult continuously with your architect and construction and design teams. In the case of the cottage project, McNair Electric faced challenges in mapping out wiring due to an open concept floor plan and the loss of traditional walls to floor-to-ceiling windows.

Working with reclaimed, intricate, and specialty claddings requires the precision of an experienced electrician who has been working closely with your architect and designer throughout the construction process. Marble, raw wood, and wallpaper aren’t easily patched or painted and if an error has been made and wiring has to be reworked aft er the fact, it can be costly. Precise placement of boxes and cables is especially important when large slabs of granite, marble, or quartzite is being installed. While applications like these are growing in popularity, consumers aren’t always aware of the increased importance of correct utility placement when they are used. “With new builds,” explains Chuck, “there can be many contractors involved. We frequently work side-by-side with multiple contractors, coordinating schedules for the most efficient job completion.”

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AESTHETICS & STYLE

Even though most of the important work of your home or cottage’s electrical system happens out of sight, there is still an important aesthetic element. Straight lines on walls and trimwork make it much more obvious when an element is out of level or installed improperly. A conscientious electrician takes as much care with the public-facing, visible features as they do with the miles of wire hidden behind the scenes.

With technology’s seemingly limitless expansion into our homes, what once was perhaps an underrated trade is now more vital than ever, especially in the early planning stages of a new automated home. Far from just keeping the lights on, today’s electricians are members of a team of professionals with a shared goal: to customize a dwelling that serves you, your family, and your lifestyle for years to come.

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Small Dwelling Big Impact http://www.hideawaysmagazine.com/small-dwelling-big-impact/ Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:39:36 +0000 http://www.hideawaysmagazine.com/?p=2246 A 650-square-foot cabin, located on a picturesque island in Lake Rosseau, perfectly exemplifies the maxim that thinking big doesn’t have to mean being big. Guest accommodations can run the gamut from basic bunkies outfitted with the bare essentials to grand multi-bedroomed lodgings scarcely less luxurious than the main cottage. In a recently constructed cabin on […]

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A 650-square-foot cabin, located on a picturesque island

in Lake Rosseau, perfectly exemplifies the maxim that

thinking big doesn’t have to mean being big.

Guest accommodations can run the gamut from basic bunkies outfitted with the bare essentials to grand multi-bedroomed lodgings scarcely less luxurious than the main cottage. In a recently constructed cabin on one of Lake Rosseau’s islands, the owners have found the perfect happy medium between these extremes.

Its first advantage, though, has everything to do with the realtor’s maxim: location, location, location. Situated among a handful of historic buildings on this small family-owned island at the core of Muskoka’s beating heart, guests are apt to spend some time waving at passing steamships on their daily tours, and are certain to be delighted by fantastic views of the lake and majestic sunsets. A stay in the cabin offers all the tranquility of island life, including peace, solitude, and island breezes, while some of Muskoka’s best sights, restaurants, and golf courses are just a short boat ride away.

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FOLLOW THE WINDING PATH…

Every element of the dwelling is rendered in delightful detail, beginning, before you even enter the cabin, with a charming series of flagstone pathways that wind across the island, connecting the guest house with the main cottage, a two-storey boathouse, a boat port, vegetable gardens, and the laundry shed. To access the cabin, you descend a short flight of flagstone steps to find it nestled among the pines close to the water’s edge.

Exposed rafter tails and copper flashings give the cabin an old-Muskoka feeling, while an Enviroshake roof echoes the texture of classic shakes, but has the benefit of a much longer lifespan. Clad in prefinished wood siding in a traditional v-groove, and complemented by a warm granite chimney, the exterior is evocative of a storied English country cottage, recast with a distinctly Canadian flair.

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FROM MIGHTY OAKS

Built by Earl Ferguson Construction on the site of a cabin which had been in the owner’s family for generations, the elaborate timber frame design pays fitting tribute to the island’s woodsy setting.
Beneath your feet, reclaimed stained oak floors supply texture and the vintage touch while providing a resilient surface for cabin traffic. And the curious eye will delight to discover small acorn embellishments in the beamwork and oak leaves hand-carved into the custom fir beams and doors.

Those beams, along with exposed rafters and textured walls, give the home a refined feeling, without losing the cabin charm. Sixteenfoot ceilings in the living and dining rooms and strategically placed transom windows in shed dormers allow in as much natural light as possible, while providing maximum exposure to the cabin’s beautiful surroundings. Predominantly white and off -white tones in the furniture and décor harmonize with the warm wood accents and create fluidity from room to room, while providing an understated backdrop to key pieces, such as an antique cart table at the heart of the living room.

All this natural simplicity is tempered perfectly with many luxurious touches worked into every room of the house. From heated floors throughout to a deep soaker tub with a view of the lake in the ensuite bathroom and a high-efficiency wood burning fireplace, guests in the cabin are treated to the good life in every way.

“The challenge of building on Muskoka’s big lakes, in many instances, is in creating spaces that speak to a lifestyle requirement while conforming to municipal size restrictions.”
Bill Ferguson – Earl Ferguson Construction

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A WELL-APPOINTED KITCHEN

Natural light spills from two windows over a quartz countertop and, for the modern touch with the vintage look, the refrigeration unit and dishwasher are panelled to blend in seamlessly with ample custom-distressed cabinetry. A ceramic cook top with quartz backsplash and custom range hood provide a sleek canvas for the culinary art, and a chrome bridge faucet introduces a classic
touch at no expense to functionality.

Fulfilling the adage that good things come in small packages, this cabin offers its visitors the sweetest of treats: simplicity touched with luxury.

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Ahead Of The Curve http://www.hideawaysmagazine.com/ahead-of-the-curve/ Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:29:02 +0000 http://www.hideawaysmagazine.com/?p=2183 Kitchens are so central to the human understanding of home that tracing the history of the room almost echoes the evolution of modern civilization itself. As class structures began to dissolve in the century following the Industrial Revolution, for instance, the kitchen moved from a remote, sometimes detached, location to a centrally located hub. But […]

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Kitchens are so central to the human understanding of home that tracing the history of the room almost echoes the evolution of modern civilization itself.

As class structures began to dissolve in the century following the Industrial Revolution, for instance, the kitchen moved from a remote, sometimes detached, location to a centrally located hub.

But if you think the kitchen has reached its evolutionary peak now, think again. According to Darragh Hughes, founder of Thomas James Cabinetry of Milford Bay, advances in smart technology and artificial intelligence (AI) are already rippling through his line of work. “The kitchen industry is changing as fast as computers are changing,” explains Darragh, citing the example of certain European retailers. A Danish innovation lab, for example, was recently surveying customers as part of plans to embed artificial intelligence into its furniture for future development.

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KITCHEN SMART

Incorporating smart design into kitchens means appliances, lighting, and temperature will be controllable by the homeowner’s smartphone, but it goes beyond that. Seeing a future of kitchens with no handles, Thomas James’ lead designer Alicia Hughes is seeing fridges, cupboards, and drawers that open at the tap of a finger and cutting boards that extend and retract from inside countertops to cover the sink. “Many of our clients really want to stay on trend with emerging technology,” observes Alicia. None of this, of course, means that the kitchen of the future is destined to look like something out of the Jetsons. Darragh and Alicia look for ways to help their clients incorporate the conveniences of cuttingedge technology with as much influence from traditional design as suits their taste. “Especially at the cottage,” observes Alicia, “you have the opportunity to do something that’s modern, but you can reference the past in a way that’s really comfortable.”

Renowned throughout the region for the quality of their craftsmanship, Darragh and Alicia strive to meet customer design needs across a wide arc. Alongside an enduring interest in classically distressed pieces, they are seeing cottage kitchen design trending to incorporate modern, rustic, industrial influences characterized by big, heavy lights, steel, and clean lines. At the other end of the spectrum, natural wood and wood grains are coming back, and custom cabinetry is being used to panel in appliances, like fridges and dishwashers, to give kitchens a seamless, pre-industrial look.

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TAKE IT OUTSIDE

Another trend gaining momentum in cottage design is the outdoor kitchen. More and more, cottage owners are taking food preparation into the open air. Designing a kitchen for the outdoors, though, involves much more than just copying the same infrastructure as is typical indoors. Even when it’s under a patio cover, an outdoor kitchen will be exposed to the elements. Ensuring longevity and enduring beauty means working with materials specially selected to withstand the effects of sun, wind, rain, and snow. Alicia and Darragh are seeing exciting new developments in outdoor kitchen materials, including hospital-grade injection-moulded clad PVC that is completely impervious to water, an important factor in water-level (e.g. boathouse) kitchens as well as outdoor kitchens. Cast off real wood to give it an authentic grain, the end product is virtually indistinguishable from wood, even to Alicia and Darragh.

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THE FUNDAMENTALS

Regardless of design style, quality craftsmanship and customer service form the cornerstones of Thomas James’ success. Alicia and Darragh take time with clients in a collaborative process to discuss possibilities for design, opportunities for innovation and, above all, to provide them with the information necessary to make an informed decision. When Alicia
recently showed up at the home of a prospective client, he exclaimed “I can’t believe you’re here!” Other cabinetmakers he had contacted had simply asked him to email photos and measurements so that they could send him a quote.

The Thomas James team operates from the understanding that cottages today are more like second homes than occasional hideaways. In fact, the cottage kitchen is likely to see more entertaining and serve more guests than the home kitchen. “It’s one thing to have a nice-looking kitchen,” observes Alicia. “It’s another for it to fit the bill functionally as well.”

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It’s All Yours http://www.hideawaysmagazine.com/its-all-yours/ Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:17:36 +0000 http://www.hideawaysmagazine.com/?p=2234 ON BEAUTIFUL LAKE MUSKOKA A LONG LAKE FRONTAGE AND A STUNNING COTTAGE AWAIT When it comes to finding a cottage, some people enjoy the challenge of uncovering a diamond in the rough—sourcing a great fixer-upper or a promising location perfect for a new build. But for others, the allures of cottage life are simply too […]

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ON BEAUTIFUL LAKE MUSKOKA A LONG LAKE FRONTAGE AND A STUNNING COTTAGE AWAIT

When it comes to finding a cottage, some people enjoy the challenge of uncovering a diamond in the rough—sourcing a great fixer-upper or a promising location perfect for a new build. But for others, the allures of cottage life are simply too compelling to suffer the long delays of a difficult search or a lengthy renovation. For buyers looking to forego the wait, a spectacular new cottage on Mortimer’s Point, Lake Muskoka, is move-in ready and outfitted with luxuries just waiting to be enjoyed.

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TUCKED AWAY

There are numerous features of this property that make it a stand-out in the eyes of Richard Scully, a Muskoka realtor with over two decades’ experience in the region. First among these is location. The property includes 311 feet of frontage on breathtaking Lake Muskoka, giving it an address of distinction on one of the region’s most soughtafter bodies of water. A magnificent two-storey boathouse offers a stately face to lake travellers, while the main cottage is tucked among the trees, giving it exceptional privacy at no sacrifice to the view from inside.

A charming granite flagstone pathway leads cottagers and guests between the main cottage, the dock, and a stone patio overlooking a sandy beach, ideal for wading children. Deeper waters off the dock offer theperfect spot for a swim, and long views of the lake can be enjoyed from a comfortable seat on the dock, the patio, or an expansive deck on the side of the cottage. Built by Lakeridge Developments of Muskoka, both the cottage and boathouse are clad in an appealing combination of earth-toned stone, wood siding, and cedar shingle, offering tasteful lakeside curb appeal and a harmonious complement to the natural surroundings.

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LUXURY AWAITS

In spite of all the beauty of its setting, you won’t be disappointed when it’s time to come inside. The stunning main cottage combines traditional influences with modern splendour over 4,356 square feet of luxurious living space. Dark-stained v-groove oak ceilings throughout the main floor rooms harmonize with solid distressed antiqued oak wood floors and complementary trim, evoking century living and a classic style. A 20-foot vaulted timber frame ceiling in the Great Room allows plenty of space for a soaring wood-burning fireplace clad in locally sourced natural granite and offset by a rustic reclaimed wood mantel. Meanwhile, on the lower level, a cozy family room with a view of the lake has its own granite fireplace.

A bright, spacious Muskoka room offers plenty of capacity for large gatherings and play, with views of the lake and woods and access to a sweeping upperlevel deck. Screened-in windows ensure refreshing cross-breezes and a haven from rain and insects, while a vaulted ceiling with integrated audio, and subtle lighting contribute to a light-filled outdoor ambience.

The four-bedroom cottage includes a generously sized upper-level master bedroom with stained, vaulted ceilings and a private deck overlooking the lake, accessible through glass doors. With heated ceramic tile floors, twin sinks, and an elegant tumbled marble tub, the stunning all-white ensuite offers an extraordinary setting in which to relax and unwind.

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FOR THE GOURMET

At the heart of the cottage, an impeccably detailed chef’s kitchen will answer the dreams of the family gourmet. White cabinets and subway tile backsplash work in tandem with a cheery sink window and light from the neighbouring Muskoka room to ensure a bright and airy workspace. A butler’s pantry, granite countertops, a large island with sink, and a gas range with curved hood round out the accessories in this exquisitely appointed kitchen. Fitting to its role as a family hub, the kitchen opens onto a dining area overlooking the lake, ensuring that meal preparation never deprives the cook of either company or a scenic view.

ROOM FOR EVERYONE

Not to be outdone is this property’s two-storey boathouse and covered boat slip. Echoing the interior of the main cottage, white beadboard walls and dark stained oak on the floor and vaulted ceiling ensure that guests are treated to elegant lodgings. And with two slips and a third covered boat port slip, 650 square feet of living space on the upper level, and its own bedroom and bathroom, visitors will have both adventure and splendour at their fingertips. A sprawling deck with transparent railings on the upper level and a sizable dock at ground level provide plenty of room to soak up the sun after a swim and an ideal spot to catch the last of a beautiful sunset. A distinctive cupola over the living area gives the boathouse distinguished, old-world charm.

Both roomy and private, this unclaimed architectural beauty combines the best of modern luxury with the finest influences of the past. All that remains is for it to be discovered by a family looking for a place to make a lifetime of memories together.

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