Cottage Life

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November 12, 2010

Fall has settled in and there's nothing we'd rather do than curl up next to a warm fire. Here we take a look a some of our favorite cozy cottages and cabins from issues past as we get ready to hunker down for winter.

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  Torontonians Dan and Diane Molenaar head north to Drag Lake when they need a weekend away from urban life—though they brought some of the city with them. The mirrored windows that circle the cottage were recycled from two office towers in Toronto. Read the full story here.
    Torontonians Dan and Diane Molenaar head north to Drag Lake when they need a weekend away from urban life—though they brought some of the city with them. The mirrored windows that circle the cottage were recycled from two office towers in Toronto. Read the full story here.
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  Located in Switzerland, the Wooden Cabin is a balance of traditional Swiss chalet design and modern aesthetics.  Courtesy of: David Gagnebin-de Bons and Benoit Pointet / DGBI
    Located in Switzerland, the Wooden Cabin is a balance of traditional Swiss chalet design and modern aesthetics.

    Courtesy of: David Gagnebin-de Bons and Benoit Pointet / DGBI

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  The entire Wooden Cabin—including the sleeping cubbies, shown here—is clad in locally sourced larch, which over time will turn gray then black. Read the full story here.  Courtesy of: David Gagnebin-de Bons and Benoit Pointet / DGBI
    The entire Wooden Cabin—including the sleeping cubbies, shown here—is clad in locally sourced larch, which over time will turn gray then black. Read the full story here.

    Courtesy of: David Gagnebin-de Bons and Benoit Pointet / DGBI

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  Suzanne Shelton built a "little cottage to get away to" on Tennessee's Norris Lake that's equipped with both rainwater-harvesting and solar-power systems for off-the-grid living.
    Suzanne Shelton built a "little cottage to get away to" on Tennessee's Norris Lake that's equipped with both rainwater-harvesting and solar-power systems for off-the-grid living.
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  Shelton's architect, Brandon Pace,designed and fabricated cedar panels backed with insect screens that snapped to the pavilion's steel structure, allowing assembly to be completed on site in just three days. Read the full story here.
    Shelton's architect, Brandon Pace,designed and fabricated cedar panels backed with insect screens that snapped to the pavilion's steel structure, allowing assembly to be completed on site in just three days. Read the full story here.
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  Playfully christened La Tour des Bébelles, architects André Lessard and Barbara Dewhirst's three-story, steel-framed tower has shown itself to be the ideal summer retreat: secluded, perfectly positioned near Ontario’s Otter Lake, and encouraging of its inhabitants to spend time outdoors.
    Playfully christened La Tour des Bébelles, architects André Lessard and Barbara Dewhirst's three-story, steel-framed tower has shown itself to be the ideal summer retreat: secluded, perfectly positioned near Ontario’s Otter Lake, and encouraging of its inhabitants to spend time outdoors.
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  Bunk beds inside house the couple's three sons as well as overnight visitors. Almost all the furniture in the house was built out of leftover scrap steel and wood from the structure’s frame. Read the full story here.  Photo by: Paul Orenstein
    Bunk beds inside house the couple's three sons as well as overnight visitors. Almost all the furniture in the house was built out of leftover scrap steel and wood from the structure’s frame. Read the full story here.

    Photo by: Paul Orenstein

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  This 191-square-foot cabin near Vancouver and its glass facades "forces you to engage with the bigger landscape," architect Tom Kundig says, but it seals up tight when its owner is away. The unfinished steel cladding slides over the windows, turning it into a protected bunker. Read the full story here.  Courtesy of: Tom Bies
    This 191-square-foot cabin near Vancouver and its glass facades "forces you to engage with the bigger landscape," architect Tom Kundig says, but it seals up tight when its owner is away. The unfinished steel cladding slides over the windows, turning it into a protected bunker. Read the full story here.

    Courtesy of: Tom Bies

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  Anthony Pellecchia and Kathy Wesselman's careful site planning garnered a waterfront view at little cost to the trees that surround their Washington state retreat.  Photo by: Philip Newton
    Anthony Pellecchia and Kathy Wesselman's careful site planning garnered a waterfront view at little cost to the trees that surround their Washington state retreat.

    Photo by: Philip Newton

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  In their search to find an alternative to drywall, the couple discovered this lightweight, nontoxic Italian poplar siding at a local lumberyard. "The Seattle Opera uses it for stage sets, and the lumberyard carries a large amount of the product to outfit them," says Pellecchia. Lite-Ply is about half the weight of conventional siding and can be fastened by staples. Read the full story here.
    In their search to find an alternative to drywall, the couple discovered this lightweight, nontoxic Italian poplar siding at a local lumberyard. "The Seattle Opera uses it for stage sets, and the lumberyard carries a large amount of the product to outfit them," says Pellecchia. Lite-Ply is about half the weight of conventional siding and can be fastened by staples. Read the full story here.

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