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Boathouse Doubles As Cozy Home on Lake Joseph

By Gabriela Vatu


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When you live by the lake, you need to mix in the useful with the beautiful. This striking home made sure to do just that by doubling as a boathouse.

Breathtaking view of the boathouse.

Located in Lake Joseph, Ontario, this one-story wood-clad home by Akb Architects, is absolutely stunning, blending in with the surroundings. Douglas Fir timbers, cedar and torrified ash were the main materials used for construction.

Air view of the house and its surroundings.

With its own dock area, the house makes it easy to jump in for a swim or take off in your boat.

The boathouse makes for an interesting area where you can also entertain people.

The house is made out of three pods which encompass four bedrooms, four baths, and a huge common living area. The boathouse is set at water level, offering this home that something “extra.”

Glass versus rock. The house borders the rocky shores.
The deck allows for sunbathing, if you want, as well as entertaining friends and family.

Inside, the home features more wood paneling on the walls, while the floors are made of stone. It’s all built not just for beauty, but also for functionality, as the home needs to withstand the harsh seasons in Ontario.

The dark wood sets the mood, but the large windows allow plenty of light inside.
The cute nook allows views into the forest.

Beautiful spot to admire nature and perhaps read a book or enjoy a cup of coffee, no matter the season.

The kitchen area has plenty of space to sit down and enjoy a meal.

The vast living room features a full kitchen and minimal furniture. Yet, it’s enough to entertain lots of people.

The bedroom has plenty of natural light.

The bedroom also features floor-to-ceiling glass windows, offering views to the surrounding property.

The master bathroom also has loads of light, mixing in the dark wood on the walls and the white ceiling.

The rocky outside make for an impressive view from this particular spot.

You can notice the separate pods of the house here, and how well it blends in with the surrounding nature.

The living toom area mixes wood and stone as the main materials.

The living area allows residents to huddle up around the fire as they cozy up on the couches.

Photographer: Shai Gil

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About Gabriela Vatu

A gifted writer and passionate architecture student, Gabriela brings a unique perspective to her work. Before joining our magazine, she honed her craft as style & interiors writer as a contributor for several popular interior design blogs, and she also writes for PCMag and MakeUseOf. Learn more about HomeDSGN's Editorial Process.

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