Spring 2016 – This year-round cottage near Meaford brings a surprising architectural pedigree to a secluded rural Ontario setting. With its central breezeway connecting the two building volumes, this is an often-overlooked piece of American vernacular architecture knows as a “dogtrot”, named for late 19th and early 20th century wooden cabins found predominantly in the southeastern United States.

The dogtrot or breezeway is in effect an outdoor living room dividing the sleeping area of the home from the living area. The home has a utilitarian feel but is never cold or unwelcoming, partly because the design allows for intimate engagement with the lot, which contains a wetland, a ravine, and a pond (the latter complete with a wood-fired sauna and adjoining relaxation room mirroring the dogtrot style of the home).

Read the full article here: Mountain Life – Spring 2016