Architecture for Cottage Living

From the unchanging but always-shifting surface of a lake to a gust of wind, the daily arc of the sun or the change of the seasons, a cottage is a place to join with family and friends to connect to the fundamental elements of the world around us.

Whether it’s a boathouse or a bunkie or the cottage itself, Ian Maclaren Architect has more than 25 years of experience in the design of cottage living.

We work directly with you, listening to your hopes and dreams for your new cottage. We help you imagine who will join you and how your use of this place might change in the years and decades to come.

As we walk a site with you, we search for its unique physical and ephemeral qualities. We absorb, synthesize and respond to the personal, cultural and physical aspects of a site as we begin to imagine the form and material of the structures and spaces that might emerge.

Through early discussions and doodles, design sketches, technical drawings and 3D visualizations – to the construction itself – we are there with you every step of the way, helping you turn a dream into a reality.