Even the most fantastic boathouses in Muskoka can be improved in one way or another. It could be adding more living space near the water or restoring a century-old boathouse to keep it alive for another generation.
Renovations and additions can take an existing structure to the next level, says Kevin Cardwell of Muskokify.
Kevin and his team have years of experience completing projects to meet the needs and wants of their clients. Their recent projects have included transforming a dock slip to a waterside lounge and restoring a circa 1890 boathouse.
“The boathouse lounge sits just above water level, bringing the entertainment space right to the water’s edge,” says Kevin.
Featuring a kitchenette with wet bar, large screen television, Sonos sound system, space for entertaining, as well as motorized screens and shutters, the lounge adds convenience and comfort to the waterfront.
For safety and durability, Kevin’s team had to ensure the electrical systems were installed at a good height as well as using water-resistant cabinetry.
“You can swim, boat, kayak, or canoe on a whim,” says Kevin. “This setup is sure to make lake living even better for our clients.”
Protecting a legacy
The oldest boathouse on Lake Muskoka nearly perished after the 2019 flood. When Kevin was called in for an opinion on how to handle the situation, he found the docks had floated away and the boathouse was precariously sitting on the cribs.
Kevin recalls that it was barely hanging on and something needed to be done to save the over 125-year-old nostalgic structure.
“Working on an older boathouse needs patience and exceptional planning,” he says. “I came up with a detailed plan that included protecting the boathouse before and during it being lifted so we could repair and rebuild the foundation.”
Once the crib and docks were completed, the boathouse was set back onto the foundation. At this point, they straightened the walls and secured it to the new decking.
“I wanted to see this beautiful, historical piece of Muskoka saved and restored, and I’m proud to say we did it.”