ERA Architects

Outer Island Cottage

This cottage is part of a family compound occupying an outer island at Pointe au Baril, Georgian Bay. Having been renovated several times, the building had lost some of its former defining characteristics. For example, a striking stone fireplace had been dislocated in a space between the living and dining rooms, and circulation, lighting, and views needed to be addressed. ERA was asked to restore some of the original cabin’s rustic qualities while providing modern amenities such as a new kitchen, bathroom, laundry facilities, and a more convenient layout.

The siting on an outer island of Georgian Bay provided opportunities for views and exterior spaces, but necessitated substantial upgrades to the thermal protection of the envelope to protect against the buffeting winds, and, at times, horizontally driven rain. The immediate context of the site was overhauled, adding new decks and a new dry stone and boulder approach to the swim area.

The interior was completely overhauled using salvaged barn board, cedar, and Douglas fir throughout. The plan of the public spaces was altered to enlarge the kitchen and shift the arrangement of rooms to create alignments that related to strong original features. New doors, windows and discrete tubular skylight fixtures were added. The entire building was insulated and vented, and a new wood shingle roof added.

2007 (07-036)

Architectural Design