Picton, Kingston, Belleville & Cobourg

Featured Project: Lakeside Estate

On the South edge of the Bay of Quinte, silhouettes of passing sailboats, soaring planes in the distance and vibrant sunsets are a common theme.

In this design, it was extremely important to create an extension of the indoor living space while maintaining the mature trees that blend into the surrounding landscape terrain. The property is extensive and features a main house and a guest house surrounded by five main spaces. The spaces are equally important, each serving its own purpose.

The first space is apparent the moment you walk through the house and out the back doors. Wooden terraced decks act as an extension of the house through the IPE decking layout, wire cable railing, and elegant retractable awnings, at the push of a button. The outdoor dining area on the side deck flows into the middle deck which features a table and seating for four. From there the deck terraces down into a third section which features a bar top overlooking the property and comfortable outdoor couch seating. It’s an entertainer’s delight! Rough cut hemlock posts and beams where used to connect the deck with the natural surround and the giant trees that frame the space. Below the deck sits an outdoor kitchen and another outdoor living room. Nestled in by this area is a built in stone hot tub with a waterfall feature and surrounding lighting to use at any time of day or night.

The second of five distinct outdoor living spaces surrounds the guest house that sits by the water’s edge next to a comforting willow tree. Warm Western Red cedar decking lines the front of the guest house and encompasses a sunken barrel style hot tub. The deck leads into a meandering path of exposed concrete aggregate mimicking the texture of beachy pebbles and sand. The gabion basket firepit and retaining walls subtly prompt visuals of lobster traps, softened by the ornamental grass that sways to the movement of the northwest winds evoking a feeling of a Cape Cod-esque retreat.

Moving up the hill, the pool and terrace is simple and elegant integrated into the lawn area and embraced by the planting on the hill behind. The broad herbaceous planting beds not only define the area but encourage biodiversity by attracting birds and butterflies.

Down the hill from the pool is another space by the waterfront. This multi-purpose area functions as a space to relax fireside on the natural stone patio as well as a place to play. A sandy area sits alongside the circular patio inviting peaceful vibes as a Zen garden or invites hours of beach fun and sandcastle building for the kids. Luckily, the lake is just a couple steps away and the dock juts out from the shore beckoning you to jump off the end for an afternoon swim.

If the sand didn’t all wash off in the lake wander up to the fifth area up the hill, just beyond the pool and take a nice outdoor shower. This conveniently sits between the pool and fenced in basketball court. The tour finishes off just beyond the sport court in the orchard and open green spaces around to play and interact with the property. The indoor outdoor living and outdoor lighting throughout the property makes this the staycation retreat we all deserve!

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