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Scott McGillivray Designs a Limitless Lake House Retreat in Tiny


When Emma and Clayton inherited their family cottage, along with Emma’s brother Bill, they knew it needed work. The cottage, which sat lakeside, wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t living up to it’s potential. It was broken up in an inconvenient layout, with multiple disjointed levels. This was a problem for Emma, who suffers from M.S. The family needed help turning their compartmentalized cottage into a limitless lake house that is both beautiful and accessible. That’s where Scott McGillivray and Debra Salmoni came in.


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Outdated living room with wood paneling and a loft
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Lofty Goals

Located in Tiny, near Georgian Bay, tiny is exactly what you’d need to be to navigate the homes narrow halls and stairways. With multiple small spaces in the level one and two landings, the layout was difficult for anyone to navigate, let alone someone with limited mobility. Scott quickly got to work opening up the space to create a more streamlined and accessible floor plan.

Related: Scott and Debra Reimagine a Cliffside Cabin in Kawartha Lakes

Open concept living space with vaulted ceiling, wooden beams, and shiplap, in a limitless lake house.
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(Single) Leveled Up

By opening the house up so that it was a single level, they were able to clear the space completely of obstructions. Scott and Debra then added faux wooden beams and dark shiplap to create a stunning vaulted ceiling. Coupled with shiplap throughout the bedrooms, this created a charming sense of theme and consistency throughout.

Related: Scott Brings His Vacation House Rules to a Breezy Beach House

Modern open kitchen with dark blue cabinets and white countertops, in a limitless lake house.
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The Lowdown on Kitchen Cabinets

To make sure the kitchen could work for anyone, whether it’s Emma or a guest with particular needs, Scott installed additional lower storage. Coupled with hardware that would be easier to handle, this kitchen makes everyone wish they could cook. Lunch is served at the limitless lake house.

Related: Enter to Win a Scott’s Vacation House Rules Season 4 Giveaway

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