December 22, 2021
Cottage COMFORT ON THE SAINT JOHN RIVER
This peaceful haven of a cottage is a welcoming, home-away-from-from type of build.
We hold anything cottage-related close to our hearts on this team, as we highly appreciate New Brunswick’s offerings when it comes to the forested woodlands and waterways that clients kindly allow us to build around. Especially cottage styles like this, with its steeply slanted rooflines, cabin-like form, cedar shake siding and wrap-around verandah framing the Saint John River.
Cleverly working with the layout, light and space in this home resulted in a very original design plan that allows sight-lines from the driveway, through the home to showcase the river and its relation to the homes purposeful placement. An immediate feel of openness is present because of this, not to mention the glorious amounts of gleaming light that adds depth and complexity to the clean, simple lines and illuminated open spaces of this homes main areas. Beautifully long windows line all water-facing perimeters on the main floor, including a large Marvin door that mimics the scale of the front entrance it sits in.
Soft ambient lighting and soothingly calm interior decor is a combination that fits well with the living rooms stone fireplace, wood hearth and built-ins. The stonework here takes centre stage, acting as an anchor for its surroundings. What better place to not only display decor and trinkets, but also to cozy up alongside a book while the fire is on.
The kitchen is fitted to fill with family and guests on any milestone, holiday or occasion worth gathering. The island is 8? feet of well used space, painted in Benjamin Moore Hale Navy along with all the custom cabinetry. Allowing space for a dining table beside this provides the homeowners with a nature-surrounded dinner views, every meal. From the dark blue cabinetry to the honed quartz countertop, this Select Kitchen is a riverside delight.
Shadowy sunlight against the warm white walls of the upstairs bedrooms give these spaces an ambience that reminds us of the how the river shimmers through its shadows just outside. The master bedroom and its ensuite carry the same feel as the other three bedrooms, warm and gentle. To make full use of its space, a fourth bedroom hosts a set of custom built-in bunk beds. A space saver and friendly design aspect that allowed enough space for a separate playroom / reading nook where toys, books and extras can be stored or put to use. All bathrooms throughout the cottage are detailed with Hamiltons tile, patterned or plain, a solid and reliable choice.
To add to the feel of the property, there is also a bunkie that sits along the river’s edge, tucked away in the trees. This is used as a space for the kids to play together, host sleepovers, and spend every spare moment alike. Another mini get-away from the hustle and bustle.
A cottage can often be an overlooked asset, as nothing can compare to the simplicity that its typical lifestyle offers. The ability to pick up and run to the forest for a weekend is possible year round here, and rewarding in many more ways than just one. The treed surround, clear view to the water, distanced neighbours and private beach is enough to evoke relaxation before even taking into consideration the actual cottage, that shows how a simpler & slower lifestyle is both deserved and accessible.
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