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Named Barerock, the Molenaars’ three-season 900-square-foot lakefront dwelling is encased in mirrored windows that offer sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding forest. Built 70 feet above Drag Lake, near Haliburton, Ontario, and constructed on 14 concrete piers anchored to the bedrock, the one-story structure appears to be suspended amidst the trees.

Barerock’s minimal interior is augmented by a built-in dining area made from African padauk, a decay-resistant hardwood.
The Molenaars had to move everything uphill—164 sacks of concrete weighing 60 pounds each, Douglas fir beams, two...
The cabin, which took two years to build, and cost less than $165,000, has opened up new opportunities for the...