This remote cottage, nestled deep in a thick forest 160 miles from Toronto, Canada, allows for sustainable living deep within its wooded surroundings. It occupies a quiet lakeside site and functions as a weekend retreat for the architect’s family. The project was conceived by architect Kelly Doran and designed by his non-profit, MASS Design Group, which is known for innovative, sustainable projects like the Butaro Hospital in Rwanda.
The 2,500-square-foot home has a simple layout, with the porch, kitchen, dining room and living area linearly connected from west to east. There is a wood-burning stove at the center of the structure. Each of the three bedrooms offers views of Lake Havelock and access to the house’s deck.
Built-in bookcases and cabinets offer plenty of storage space, while clerestory windows facilitate cross-ventilation. Beautiful furniture pieces and fixtures, like the professionally designed wood-seat armchairs and pendants by Jasper Morrison and Peter Bowles, provide a more contemporary feel. A garage is housed in the wing that is perpendicular to the main body of the house.
A nearby solar array powers the tightly insulated house, which also has a septic tank and leach field for wastewater processing. The house is in a remote location, with only a private logging road as an access route. Surrounded by wilderness, with just three other neighbors, this home is focused on serenity.
Photos by Marcus Oleniuk