As avid campers and canoe enthusiasts, Anne’s family had concerns about building a cottage. “We wanted to keep the intimacy with the land,” she says. “We still wanted that rustic feeling of being up north.”
Then, in 2008, Anne saw Dan Molenaar’s cottage in a magazine. His approach was exactly what they were looking for: minimal impact on the land, low profile and lots of windows. A carpenter by trade and the owner of Mafco House Architects, Dan has a business on the same street as Anne in downtown Toronto (her store is called Experimetal Jewellery). Anne saw the serendipity as a sign. She contacted him, and sure enough the two instantly got along.
Living room Walls of south-facing windows flood the living room with warm light. The cottage’s unobtrusive design creates the illusion of sitting right in the woods, keeping the family connected with the land.