A cottage on a remote island has many perks: plenty of privacy, large properties and a true sense of tranquility. Even if you need to build from scratch, this beautiful cottage proves that boat-only access isn’t necessarily a setback. To build this cottage, which is located on Georgian Bay’s Monument Channel, contractors barged in all the materials, from giant Douglas fir beams to the large glass window panes. Designed by Toronto-based firm Core Architects, the cottage is fully self-sufficient too. It produces all its own electricity from solar panels and treats it own wastewater with a bio-filter septic system. On top of the eco-friendly benefits, the cottage features two fireplaces, a sleek kitchen and a swoon-worthy patio. It’s safe to say, we’re ready to get on island time.
To shorten the construction process on the island, the building materials were prefabricated and cut to size on the mainland. The exteriors are made of Douglas Fir and finished with a clear, penetrating oil sealer. More than a dozen solar panels cover the ceiling.
Inside, an open lay-out makes the cottage feel spacious and breezy. A huge Douglas fir island doubles as bar seating in the kitchen, while shelving above the counter displays spices, dishware and artwork. Nautical pendants and a large skylight keep the space bright at all hours.
Next to the kitchen table is a compact living room. We love the floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and comfy sectional couch. Throughout the interiors, the wood was left untreated and natural for a rustic vibe.
On the other side of the kitchen is the larger dining area. Thanks to the wood plank flooring and walls of glass, this space feels as if it’s partially outdoors. A built-in bench provides extra seating during large parties.
With plush seating, a fireplace and a wooden coffee table, this waterside spot feels like an extension of the living room. This is the perfect place to sip your morning coffee or finish the night with a glass of wine.