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MAFCOhouse designs Nortehaus, Nordic and Japanese-inspired escape at Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada

Project name:
Architecture firm:
Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada
Katrina Ramsvik
Principal architect:
Diane Younge Molenaar, Dan Molenaar
Design team:
Diane Younge Molenaar, Dan Molenaar
CDH Carpentry, Harvest House
Interior design:
All Ten Wards
Built area:
1040 ft²
Site area:
1 acre
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Structural engineer:
Blackrock Engineering
Environmental & MEP:
BGS Surveys
BGS Surveys
Will Jones, CDH Carpentry
Diane Younge Molenaar, Dan Molenaar
Tools used:
Adobe Lightroom
CDH Carpentry
Steel, Glass, Wood
1.2M CAD
Residential › House

MAFCOhouse: Nestled above the ground, surrounded by river and trees, nortehaus was designed as a getaway and grounding space, away, but not too far from the city. Drawing from Nordic and Japanese influences, nortehaus honours simplicity, good company, sustainability, and all things hygge.

The space

Minimalist in its overall design and maximalist in natural textural elements, nortehaus allows the surrounding nature to be the focal point of its design with wall-to-wall / floor-to-ceiling windows. Enjoy, reflect and let go from the many distinctly designed relaxation areas: a soak in the primary bedroom's bathtub, cozied up next to the fire in the living room, or lounging on the outdoor patio - a view of the forest and river can be enjoyed from all.

The primary bedroom features a queen-size 12-inch memory foam mattress, a large bathtub, and a beautiful ensuite bathroom and of course, the view speaks for itself. Go to sleep and wake up surrounded by nature. The living, dining, and kitchen area is open concept. Expansive in its design and one with nature. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you could need.

Off the kitchen is the second bedroom, a cozy space with a 12-inch memory foam mattress and a full ensuite with a floor-to-ceiling tiled shower. All elements throughout nortehaus were selected with an appreciation for high-end materials. Steps from the coziness of the indoors is a short walk down to the riverfront where our guests can go for a lazy swim in the summertime or a cold plunge in the cooler months.

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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