Located in Penetanguishene, Ontario, the Severn Sound Cottage has amazing views of the waves of the beautiful Georgian Bay. With expansive views to the horizon beyond, this project by the residential designers at Trevor McIvor Architects features three phases – the main cottage, the reno cottage and the landscaping between the two.
The main cottage boasts floor to ceiling glass windows which not only allows for uninhibited views to the verdant and lush surroundings, but also lets plenty of natural light in. This glazed glass also functions to make the user feel as if they are outside, creating strong visual and spatial connections between the Severn Sound Cottage and its surroundings.
The main cottage also features a ceiling height of almost 4 meters, creating a spacious environment in the interior. Specializing in the construction of timber frame buildings, the architects’ expertise shine in this property as “Douglas Fir wood ceilings and soffits, punctuated by exposed timber joists create a rhythm and guides [the visitor] towards the over stone terrace in the middle.”
From the interior, the glass envelope allows the user to have unparalleled views overlooking the water. A similar design language is present in the reno cottage, which supplements the main functions of the main cottage. It was renovated to have a flat room so that it matches the design aesthetic of the larger cottage. As such, it also features matching elements such as cladding, form, as well as windows.
The cantilever roof is the distinguishing feature of the Severn Sound Cottage, which shelters the area between the living space and the outdoor terrace. This area serves an important function programmatically and visually. Spatially, it creates an extended living space and it becomes an ideal area for family gathering and guest hosting.
The sliding doors also allow for the living room to spill into the outdoor – providing the owners a makeshift deck. Landscaping also plays a key role in ensuring that the two cottages are connected and adjoined. In this shared space, native plants and stone join the two cottages into one holistic project.
Driven by their commitment to a “simple design philosophy”, Trevor McIvor Architects has ensured that this theme is present within the Severn Sound Cottage. To achieve this, they used organic materials such as solid timber flooring, stone wall cladding and marble kitchen countertops.
With its large overhangs and an open plan interior, the Severn Sound Cottage is the epitome of contemporary design. Expansive and spacious with an area of over 4000 sqf, this property is truly a visual and spatial delight.