Artwood Cottage is a cozy vacation hideaway in the woods on Pender Island, part of the Gulf Islands chain along the southern coast of British Columbia. The small cottage was restored by its owners, one a master plasterer and stained glass artist, and the other a woodworker. Using their creative talents, they included custom touches throughout.
Artwood Cottage has an open living area downstairs. The walls are coated with plaster, hand-troweled for an earthy texture that contrasts with the smoother wood floor and ceiling. A new set of wooden stairs provides access to the loft bedroom over the kitchen and dining area. The loft is cozy but looks like it still has enough headroom to stand in the middle. The bathroom, with shower and composting toilet, is in a small addition at the back of the cottage, next to the stairs.
The stair and loft railings are custom, featuring some kind of insert panel instead of spindles. The kitchen cabinets look like they were original to the cottage or were recycled, but they were topped with a new wood countertop and backsplash. One idea we particularly like is the heat shield for the woodstove, fashioned from a large slab of natural stone. Another big chunk of rock serves as a stoop for the entry door.
If you are interested in spending some vacation time there, please visit the Artwood Cottage website.
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