Molly’s Cabin Sits Off-the-Grid

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I find this off-the-grid cabin in Northern Ontario to be quite interesting.  It’s a 1,000 square foot retreat that practically hovers out on the water.  Molly’s Cabin is located a few hours north of Toronto in a place called Pointe au Baril.  Outfitted out with a bedroom, living room, library nook, kitchen, dining room, and small loft, the L-shaped floor plan intermixes the interior and exterior.  Can you imagine how serene it would be to chill and fish and sleep in a place that sits gingerly on the edge of the water like this?

Like the flaps of a tent, the roof plunges sharply downward to Precambrian rock, shielding the cabin from what can be aggressive wind conditions.

The home was constructed with old timber reclaimed from barns and local stone, while solar panels power a pump that draws fresh water from the lake.  There’s a composting toilet and the sink is attached to a grey water system.  Molly’s Cabin is simple yet comfortable and as explained by the architects, AGATHOM Co., “challenges the current tendency in the area for extravagant architectural statements, creating a solution that is inventive and sustainable.”

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Photo credits: Michael Awad, Paul Orenstein.


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  • ilya

    what a awesome design, and the location, its just amazing.

  • http://thefamilygreen.wordpress.com Michelle Price

    It’s beautiful, but is it expensive to live like this?

  • 400sf_orLess

    Michelle – I am an avid reader of Dwell (and several other mags) and they are pretty famous for not getting into the cost of things. This home stands out in my mind because it really is one of my favorites. One thing I have come to learn over time is that a great many of the homes we see featured are other people’s holiday homes. Green IS becoming more affordable as time passes, but I don’t think a lot of these people who call it ‘affordable’ really grasp how poor someone like myself is & that we need their help in getting laws changed so that we can get first time buyer loans for something off the grid. Society is still rather resistant to that notion, and as to the house above: with the architect involvement and getting the building supplies to that remote location – it would be a bit expensive, yes. Easier to pay your mortgage without all those utility bills, and easier to sleep at night knowing you’re not poisoning the planet is pretty priceless though. I scan off-the-grid real estate throughout the western states of USA, looking for something a bit broken in and cheaper!

  • http://www.schumacherhomesreviews.com Schumacher Homes

    Nice pictures of this beautiful cabin! Thanks for sharing.

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