This month we're appreciating these spectacular boathouses (and the custom cabinetry in them) that offer all your modern conveniences just steps away from fresh lake water...
While our Waterloo projects get the most airtime, some of our most unique and luxurious projects are completed by our team serving the cottage country crowd in Port Carling, ON. From beautiful log home-away-from-homes, to glass-walled, lake-side mansions, we have our hands full up in the Muskoka area and we absolutely love it! Some of the most unique spaces we work in, though, are boathouses. If you decide to build or renovate your boathouse with a full lounge area and kitchen, we’re confident you’ll start feeling the same way as our Director of Sales in Port Carling, Kevin - “Why go anywhere else?” Waves lapping on the dock outside, natural light pouring in, nature all around – and snacks and modern conveniences within reach...
Kevin has been in the construction industry for 19 years and a member of the Chervin family for 8 - here are a few of his top tips for designing your dream boathouse cabinetry with traffic flow in mind:
- A U-shaped kitchen with a small laundry room just off the main area is Kevin’s top configuration for a boathouse kitchen. This layout provides a large, storage-rich, seamless space for friends and family to enjoy together, without the interruptions of having to run up to the main cottage for fresh towels, or more dishes.
- Cottage life is about relaxation, refreshing, and special time with family and friends. One way to keep your boathouse lounge feeling free and flexible is to install a large, moveable island (on casters). It can be locked in place for stability, but also rolled outside the boathouse onto the main dock to follow the party if it ends up there!
- Incorporate lots of roll-up doors wherever possible – these allow for more natural light to come in, as well as offering a great through-way for taking supplies in and out, or hosting larger groups.
This is the perfect time to start thinking about your dream boathouse kitchen for next year! Come visit our showroom in August to start brainstorming and arrange an off-season installation date – that way you can be fully in cottage mindset, and beat the May rush for next year! Kevin and his team would love to meet with you.
Meet The Author
Kevin Swart is the Director of Sales & Design at the Chervin showroom in Muskoka.
He has been a part of our family for 9 years, and is creative and deeply inspired by nature.