For active families
Refined and functional define this handsome, hardworking Lake Rosseau cottage mud/laundry room. Designed and built by architect Ian Maclaren of Hicks Partners in Oakville, Ont., and Hugh Smith of Forest Hill Fine Homes in Port Carling, Ont., the room is accessible from outdoors, so dirty towels and clothes can bypass the main living area after a day spent in the sun. The reclaimed hemlock floors, large casement windows and dramatic navy and white custom cabinetry make it easy to forget you’re in a “work” space.
Cabinets below the sink and above the washer/dryer (plus full-height cupboards and a large refrigerator on the opposite wall) make it possible to store a summer’s worth of supplies – a must when you’re on an island.
Ideas to steal
- The cabinet above the washer/dryer was designed with a fold-out drying rack that can easily handle hang-to-dry-only laundry.
- An extra-deep stainless sink makes it easy to fill large buckets.
- The owners wanted a gas dryer for doing large loads of bedsheets and towels quickly and to lessen reliance on electricity, especially during power outages on the island.