Forging Relationships & Respecting the Dream

Lake life is the dream of so many, and there is much to consider on the way to achieving the dream.

If you purchase a cottage or home on the water, there are usually changes necessary to suit you and your family. Maybe you have finally found the perfect lot on which to build your dream from the ground up; the possibilities can be overwhelming. Perhaps you have decided the family cottage is going to become your retirement idyll – you may need someone with more objectivity than you to make changes to a space containing generations of memories.

Since 2013, Four Points Construction’s Tim Fosbery and Matt Moore have helped clients through just such design, build and reno quandaries by forging relationships and respecting the dream. Whether the project is a new build or reno, home or cottage, carriage house or boathouse, the same Four Points integrity, philosophy and craftsmanship are applied.

When Dave and Kim Kerr lost their boathouse due to ice damage, they decided to upgrade to a larger boathouse/man-cave. They did their homework. “We heard of Four Points by word-of-mouth; we investigated some of their other projects, which had great reviews,” Dave Kerr explains, “so we arranged to meet with Tim (Fosbery).”

Four Points has a very specific process which begins with the planning session. Kerr describes that introduction: “Tim’s a great guy, down-to-earth, casual, but he knows what he’s talking about. He asked about our must-haves, budget considerations, etc., and came back with a plan that was over the top, way beyond what we could have dreamed.”

Located in North Kawartha, the 26’ x 32’ boathouse required a fairly involved marine installation with “lots of moving parts”, as Kerr described it – which meant bringing in another contractor for that aspect. “Tim works well with any building professional, whether it’s your guy or his guy.”

The result is a stunning construction which makes a definite statement to marine passersby – more importantly it is exactly what the Kerrs asked for, and then some. 

Bruce and Cheryl Hotrum own a modest-sized but nonetheless beautifully appointed stone cottage on White Lake. When they decided to increase their livable square footage, they contacted Four Points’ Matt Moore, who describes the project: “We were asked to replace the existing roofed deck, expand the footprint and tie it into the main stone veneer cottage.”

Working with architectural designer MaryAnne Noffke, who put together the measurements for the envelope of the build, Four Points created a post-and-beam sunroom, with timbers to highlight the windows which frame the iconic lake view.

“Because this is a vacation property, we kept it traditional, with lots of wood to achieve a ‘cottagey’ feel,” Moore explains, adding, “The biggest challenge was tying the new build into the existing stone.”

Cottage owner Hotrum can’t say enough about that attention to detail: “Where the wood floor of the sunroom meets the exterior stone of the main cottage, every board has been scribed with such precision it looked as if the boards are growing out of the stone.”

Hotrum continues to be impressed by the experience of working with Four Points. “Matt would press me for details, to understand exactly what I wanted so they could deliver it,” he says, and continues 

“We would definitely work with Four Points again.”

Dreams come in all sizes, and whether you are adding a sunroom or building a brand-new home or cottage, Four Points will put their unparalleled work ethic and exemplary creativity to work for you.

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Boathouse Photo Credit: Daniel Weylie Photography
Sunroom Photo Credit: Celtic Roots Photography