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November 2008


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2 November 2008 Cottage Home & Property SHOWCASE

By Allan Cook
Muskoka is home to a wide range
of spectacular homes, cottages, and
properties. With the real estate avail-
able, the region also boasts a signifi-
cant number of qualified, profes-
sional real estate agents. Because
everyone is as different as the prop-
erty they may be looking to buy or
sell, the key to a satisfying experience
is finding an agent that fits your per-
sonality and needs.
Many people make the connection
through coincidence, like Arpad
Takacs, who Jim and Iris Gardiner of
Chestnut Park Realty in Port Car-
ling helped fulfill his 30-year dream
of owning a cottage in Muskoka.
“Maybe you can be lucky like me,”
he jokes through a thick Hungarian
accent. Takacs found his agents from

Photograph: Andrew Hoshkiw

his home in the GTA, while looking
at Muskoka properties online. “They
were the agents who had them listed,
so I called them up and asked them
if they could show some to me.”
One of the first things that
impressed Takacs about the Gar- Iris and Jim Gardiner of Chestnut Park help clients find the perfect home and don’t rush the process.

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diners was how hard they worked to change.”
figure out what he was looking for. Of course, if you’re selling, you
“You know how it is. You have want an agent who can help expedite
something you have a taste for – the process.
something you dream, right?” he Donna Medley of Bracebridge had
says. “But it can be hard to say to an unsatisfying experience with the
someone what that is.” first agent she had tried to sell her
Iris Gardiner paid close attention cottage with, and re-listed with
to the things that Takacs responded Suzanne Martineau of ReMax in
to during the first few showings and Rosseau on the recommendation of
was soon able to promise him that a family friend. The difference was
they would find exactly what he was immediately noticeable.
looking for. Medley explains the photos the
“You know what? She was right. It first agent posted to the online list-
worked out perfect. I just love it, I ing showed things like the dining
love the location, the cottage; I love room chairs all askew around the
everything,” he laughs. “Iris told me table. When she complained, the
I’m the luckiest person, and I just agent suggested she’d be the only one
said, ‘Hey, you helped me get who’d notice.
lucky.’” “I said I think every woman would
Takacs was impressed with her notice that,” Medley relates, and
patience and unfailing optimism notes that Martineau agreed. “She
that the right place was out there put wonderful pictures on, she told
waiting for him. Given that it took me how to arrange furniture, she
two summers to find his dream cot- suggested I get rid of all of our per-
Photograph: Andrew Hoshkiw
tage, the sense of trust, and connec- sonal things because she said people
tion that the two built together was just can’t help but look at those
crucial to his overall experience. things and she said I want them to
“If you’re not happy, and you don’t see the cottage and not your stuff.”
see that connection,” he says, “or Medley also appreciated her
when they talk to you, you feel like agent’s sensitivity to her and her hus-
One of the things clients like about Suzanne Martineau, of ReMax in they just want to sell something as band’s needs, as the couple had
Rosseau, is her attention to detail. soon as possible, then you should decided for health reasons to sell the

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cottage which had been in the fami-
ly since it was built in 1958.
“I was very sad about selling the
cottage and she was very aware of
that,” Medley says. “She never made
us feel like it was her job to do it.
She was always very thoughtful and
very considerate. I said to her I felt
like I’d made a friend for life.”
Hillary Lloyd echoes Takacs and
Medley’s thoughts about the impor-
tance of a good connection between
yourself and your agent.
“I think it’s really important to
find somebody who is willing to sit
down and listen to what you are
looking for,” Lloyd says. “I think
having a connection and having
somebody who’s patient and willing
to listen is well worth it in the long
Hillary and her husband Chris
found Wendy Cleland on duty at the
Royal LePage Lakes of Muskoka
Realty office in Gravenhurst.

Photograph: Andrew Hoshkiw

Hillary believes that doing their
homework before they even contact-
ed an agent was key to finding their
dream cottage.
“As a family we had a list of things
that we wanted in a cottage,” she
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Cottage shopping from Milton, “We had dealt with a few real
the Lloyds used the Internet to pre- estate agents prior to that when we
view properties and routinely asked were picking and choosing specific
Cleland to fill them in on the details. houses to look at in the Muskoka
“In many cases she had already area and obviously none of them
seen the property and the feedback connected in any way that we want-
was instantaneous,” Frances ed to continue going on with them,”
explains. “And if it wasn’t, she very Reurink says.
often said to us, ‘I haven’t seen it, Determined to find the perfect
but I’ll go check it out and I’ll give home for her client, Acton showed
you a shout back.’ She was great.” Reurink over 40 homes befores she
It was Karen Acton’s hardworking finally found what she was looking
attitude that won over Barb for – a three-storey, open concept
Reurink. lakefront home in the Parry Sound
“She’ll work hard for you, that’s area.
for sure,” says Reurink. “She was so patient with us,” says
She met Acton when she went into Reurink. “She is such a warm and
the Royal LePage Lakes of Muskoka inviting person.”
Realty office in Bracebridge to Reurink stresses the importance of
inquire about a home she had seen finding a realtor you feel comfort-
online. When the day came to view able working with. With Acton, she
the home, Reurink discovered Acton says she shared plenty of laughs and
had five other homes lined up for felt really connected to her.
her to view that day. “I really think they need to get
Going that extra mile didn’t go into the office and don’t necessarily

Photograph: Andrew Hoshkiw

unnoticed by Reurink who had driv- take the first person who is there
en all the way from Toronto on other because it’s their night to work, or
occasions to view homes, only to dis- whatever. If you do feel uncomfort-
cover that not only was the home able or that they’re not working that
not to her liking, but that the agent hard, walk away. There will some-
didn’t have any others to show her body else out there who will be bet-
while she was in the Muskoka area. ter for you.” Karen Acton of Royal LePage Lakes of Muskoka Realty, in Brace-
bridge, is known for her work ethic and warm personality.


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Photograph: courtesy of The Landscapes
The great room, in the Ash Cottage at The Landscapes in Lake of Bays, is beautifully furnished and features a two-storey vaulted ceiling, a two-
sided stone fireplace and numerous quality built-ins, including an entertainment centre and a relaxing reading area bordered by bookcases.


The face of cottage country is changing as more and spend their time away from the city staining decks or
more people consider new ways to own their own piece of mowing lawns instead of boating or relaxing in the sun.
Muskoka. Demanding careers, rising cottage prices and a Just as every individual is different, so too are fractional
shift towards low-maintenance living have resulted in a properties. That’s why it’s important to visit the fraction-
surge in the popularity of fractional properties. Fraction- al properties that interest you and ask questions. In the
als help people make the most of their vacations. They can meantime, here is a glimpse of a few of Muskoka’s frac-
arrive in Muskoka with the peace of mind that they won’t tional properties.

Photograph: courtesy of Touchstone on Lake Muskoka

At the heart of Touchstone on Lake Muskoka, located between Port Carling and Bracebridge, is Touchstone Lodge. It will
contain a restaurant, spa, fitness centre, lounge and concierge services, among other amenities.

8 November 2008 Cottage Home & Property SHOWCASE

Photograph: courtesy of Diamond’s Edge
Diamond’s Edge, located in Utterson, features 15 cottages built in a beautiful post-and-beam style with custom furnishings. This
fractional caters to people who want to spend their vacations on the links at partnering Diamond’s Edge Golf Club.

Photograph: courtesy of Bert Krummrei

Seasons of Muskoka, a new fractional resort located west of Rosseau, features over 1,000 feet of shoreline on Whitefish Lake.
The cottages, which are currently under construction, will feature single units spaced well apart for maximum privacy. November 2008 9

Photograph: Andrew Hoshkiw
Garry and Vicki Hall turned a tired, but quaint, old farm house into a historic retreat. Original elements have been kept wherever possible.


By Karen Wehrstein Nov. 18, for instance, was such an unforeseeable work for them,” Rowe explains. “We’d rather sup-
Homes are constantly being built across Muskoka, event. port our area.”
but some are more interesting than others. What “It was completely gone,” says Frances Rowe, who Mair French, who co-owns French’s Fine Homes
makes some structures stand apart from the others was instrumental in getting the eight people and two with her husband Larry, recalls what was most
varies from project to project, but one-of-a-kind dogs who were in the house at the time out unique about the project was Rowes’ good cheer in
design, unusual locations, unconventional building unharmed. “We lost everything.” the face of adversity.
methods and even unforeseeable events have the Working with their insurance company, the “It was the whole experience of working with peo-
power to transform the mundane into the unique. Rowes got several quotes for rebuilding, ultimately ple who are so upbeat,” says Mair French. “When
The early-morning fire that burned Warren and choosing French’s Fine Homes of Port Sydney. bad things happen to good people, good people
Frances Rowe’s Bracebridge home to the ground last “We’re here and we know a lot of people who don’t lose their attitude. There’s a huge rock across

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10 November 2008 Cottage Home & Property SHOWCASE
the road from the house, so every day he and the
grandchildren would sit there and watch us work.”
Despite the trauma of watching their home go up
in flames, the Rowes were able to work closely with
French’s Fine Homes to make the rebuilt home even
better than the original.
Improvements, says French, included a full base-
ment, a massive island in the kitchen, and beautiful
new light fixtures.
“Her big dream was to have a bigger front porch
that she can sit on and talk to the neighbours, and
she has that,” she notes.
The Rowes couldn’t be happier with the way their
home turned out in the end.
“I love it. This is the way I wanted my home,”
Frances says.
Sometimes what makes a project different is its
location, as is the case with a 3,500-sq. ft. Muskoka
residence recently built by Confederation Log
Homes on a two-acre island on Lake Muskoka.
Photograph: courtesy of Confederation Log Homes

“It’s interesting because the owner can only use it

late spring to early fall and in the dead of winter
because in the shoulder seasons the ice is coming in
and out,” says Rick Kinsman, co-owner of Bobcay-
geon-based Confederation Log Homes, which will
celebrate its 30th anniversary next year. “Most peo-
ple would die to live there, but you can only get
there during certain parts of the year.”
Island building, a specialty of Confederation’s
Muskoka builders, poses particular challenges.
“You have to double or even triple-handle it,” he
says, explaining that all building materials have to be Confederation Log Homes built this 3,500-sq. ft. cottage on an island on Lake Muskoka.
unloaded from contractor vehicles onto a barge,
shipped across the water and then unloaded again
on the island, at the very least.
And yes, that costs extra.
“Usually people who are building on an island
want their privacy, and they pay for it,” says Kins-
man. “But it’s exciting . . . that’s part of the adven-
Confederation Log Homes, one of Canada’s lead- MUSKOKA’S ENERGY EFFICIENT BUILDER
ing log home manufacturers, uses white pine and
western red cedar logs in their construction. They THE VIEW FROM YOUR DECK
also incorporate timber frame design elements into
many of their designs, as was the case with the Lake STARTS WITH OUR DESIGN TEAM
“The dining room is all timber framed and con-
nected to the log walls, with a cathedral ceiling and
two octagon-shaped turrets,” Kinsman says.
“There’s an open great room with an outstanding
The home also incorporates a lot of glass. “When
you’re on an island,” he says, “you can take advan-
tage of the view.”
The final touch is the Confederation company
logo, carved into one of the logs, like an artist’s sig-
nature, Kinsman says.
While not a new build, Garry and Vicki Hall’s
renovation project is also quite unique. Vicki is co- ENERGY STAR and R-2000 Homes are approximately
owner of Lumina Resort on Lake of Bays, which has 30% to 40% more energy efficient
been operated by her family since 1921. Her family than those built to the minimum Ontario Building Code.
roots in the area go back some 110 years, so it’s no
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Mike Riech, was famous for his rasp-
berry wine and fresh vegetables.
When he passed away, the property
went up for auction, and the Halls
were outbid. “I was heartbroken,”
Vicki says.
So when the Halls were driving
along admiring the fall colours a year
or so later and spotted a For Sale sign,
they saw it as a sign of fate.
“I called the owner and we bought
it immediately,” Vicki says.
Built in the 1940s, she estimates,
the small two-bedroom house has low
ceilings upstairs, a very large kitchen
and a staircase reminiscent of one in
her grandmother’s home.
“We gutted the whole place,” says
Vicki, whose husband Garry is the
owner of Garry Hall Construction in
Huntsville. In the process, they dis-

Photograph: courtesy of French’s Fine Homes

covered how well built the house was.
“The bones were just wonderful,”
Vicki recalls. “Everyone says, ‘Why
didn’t you just tear it down?’ We just
When the old silver tin roofing was
stripped off, for instance, the workers
found oak strapping underneath.
“You just don’t see that any more,” she
Warren and Frances Rowe had to rebuild their lives after their home went up in flames. French’s Fine The renovation aimed to recreate
Homes built the family a new house with all the features they longed for, including a larger front porch. the old-style look.

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“We re-drywalled and Garry Rosseau built by McLennan Con-
BUILDERS • DESIGNERS • RENOVATORS trimmed out all the doors and win- tracting in Milford Bay-how fast.
dows with large trim to make it look “We started June 1 and wrapped it
like what had been there before,” she up a couple of weeks ago,” says owner
says. Jason McLennan, for a build time of
The hardwood floors are almost all 160 days.
original, and the staircase was re- Such a project is more typically
stained but otherwise left in its origi- expected to take eight months, and
nal state. that was the case with the lumberyard
On the exterior, the Halls removed supplying McLennan with materials.
the old black shingle siding, and “They couldn’t keep up with our
replaced it with wood siding painted orders,” he says. “Everyone was
“a nice pale farm house yellow, with amazed by how fast the project went.”
black shutters,” in Vicki’s words. This is the second cottage that
DON’T TEAR DOWN YOUR COTTAGE! Despite all their efforts to return the McLennan, who primarily concen-
LET US SHOW YOU THE RENOVATION POSSIBILITIES. old home to its glory days, the Halls trates on renovations, has built in
Offering you complete custom design and construction services with free don’t actually live there. Why did they Muskoka. He hopes to add more
introductory consultations and estimates. Family owned and operated since 1995. bother then, is the obvious question? builds to his resume.
Contact Scott Clark for more information or visit our website. “Just because I live in Muskoka, “I’m trying to set a bar for how long
Homes • Cottages • Boathouses • Guesthouses • Additions • Renovations can’t I have a place to get away?” asks it should take and how long it should-
Vicki. “It’s a change to not look at n’t take. I just wanted to get it done
water. Maybe I was a farmer at some fast in order to get that good refer-
point, I don’t know. It’s so peaceful ence,” he says.
over there . . . for me, being in the How did his crew do it? “I have
tourist business, I like to get away seven great carpenters,” he explains.
from people for five minutes. Not “Everybody knows what they’re doing
that we needed another project . . . we and we’d work seven in the morning
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Jason McLennan, of McLennan Contracting, recently built a home in

160 days to prove quality construction doesn’t have to take years.
work on time. design, such as a house designed for a
“What it comes down to is good retired professional athlete by James
organization and communication Pitropov, principal and owner of
between everybody,” he says. Smith Architect in Huntsville.
McLennan isn’t really sure why The site, located on the shore of
every contractor doesn’t keep to such Lake of Bays, was made up of two lots
a schedule. that had been made into one. The
“I’ve seen projects up here that take lady of the house wanted a building
forever. It’s hard to see that people are that worked with the site, making best
given the time frames that they’re use of the views and the orientation.
given and they get away with it,” he “She wanted a sense of nature com-
says. “It takes a month to frame a ing into the house, feeling nature was
house, but some guys take two and connected to the house, rather than a Building on the Strength
three months. You hear horror stories big boxy kind of place,” says Pitropov.
about projects going on for a year and So he designed a house with three of Concrete.
a half or two years.” living pavilions unified under one Build your home using NUDURA’s Insulated
McLennan stresses that he’s not sac- long roofline with breezeways and Concrete Forms (ICF’s) and see what building on
rificing quality for speed. courtyards between them. the strength of concrete can do for you.
“This cottage is all nicely trimmed “The three living areas are connect-
out,” he says, with interior architec- ed by a long corridor which termi- Multiple available
widths, 90 and 45
tural timbers as well. “There’s a fine nates at one end in an oversized fire-
degree corners
line between doing a good job and place, and passes through three pavil-
and many other
taking too long. I just wanted to show ions and two courtyards ending in a innovative
everybody we can do it.” gazebo-like structure that we’re calling features make
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560 Ecclestone Drive, Unit 1, Bracebridge, ON P1L1R2 November 2008 15
down to the lake.
Floor space is 3,000 sq. ft. with
another 1,000 sq. ft. of deck.
Materials stress the natural and rus-
tic, with locally-quarried stone, cus-
tom redwood windows and cedar sof-

Photograph: courtesy of Smith Architect

fit and fascia.
“The overall look will be rustic Lake
of Bays but with slightly cleaner lines
and more glass,” says Pitropov.
What is important with such a proj-
ect, he notes, is a good fit between
architect and client.
“I’ll ask people to do a little research
themselves, get magazine clippings,
Smith Architect is currently in the process of designing an elaborate cottage featuring three living pavil-
ions unified under one long roofline with breezeways and courtyards between them. find pictures of places they like; that’s
a dialogue that helps us become cre-
the centre,” says Pitropov. room with glass panel walls on three and its own private deck. ative,” Pitropov says. “It’s not our
The kitchen pavilion will have a six- sides and windows on the third, facing In the basement there’s a home ideas that prevail, or the clients, but
burner gas stove and fireplace incor- the lake. gym that walks out to a sunk-in the project takes on a life of its own
porated into one rock structure. The bedroom pavilion has a master patio and rock garden so the owners and you end up with something
The middle pavilion features a great bedroom with ensuite, walk-in closet will be able to exercise and then go unique and original.”

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is it and why is it beneficial? or inaccuracies in information provided are discovered, after closing.
You should discuss your options with a solicitor.
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Property and home owners would be wise to consult a planner
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