August 17, 2020

This Contemporary Muskoka Cottage Celebrates Its Natural Surroundings

A tree-lined peninsula with panoramic lake views is a cottage-builder’s dream come true, so when designer Lorraine Franklin discovered such a site on the shores of Muskoka’s Lake Joseph in Ontario, she knew she’d found the spot for her new cottage. “The lot was perched at the end of a point, and we were blown away by the beautiful 270-degree view,” says Lorraine. With the lake on one side, Canadian Shield rock on the other and, enough prevailing breeze to keep the blackflies away, the location was a perfect canvas for a dramatic modern lakehouse in harmony with its natural surroundings.

Lorraine enlisted the help of Nelson Kwong and Neal Prabhu at nkArchitect, and gave them a simple brief: a modern home that maximized the views, and natural elements and colors to blend the house into the landscape. Built by Tamarack North with site preparation by Hall Construction, the house is a split-level structure affording distinct living spaces for Lorraine, her husband and their three adult children. “The big thing about the cottage is the spectacular view and that it blends in to the rock face,” says Lorraine. “It’s nestled into the stone.”

Scroll down to tour this nature-inspired cottage with breathtaking views!

Author: Jeremy Freed

Valerie Wilcox


House & Home July/August 2020


Lorraine Franklin; Architecture by Nelson Kwong and Neal Prabhu at nkArchitect