Q&A WITH LEGACY TEAM
ROCK CLIFF CUSTOM HOMES
WHAT IS THE ARCHITECTURAL STYLE OF THE HOMES?
Roman: The cottages have a very traditional look and feel, reminiscent of heritage Muskoka cottages, with the same timeless ambience and appeal.
WHAT MATERIALS AND FINISHES WILL YOU BE USING FOR THE EXTERIORS AND INTERIOR?
Roman: The exteriors are wood and the interiors will be wood and drywall, with a mix of beautiful porcelain and granite.
WHAT MAKES LEGACY COTTAGES DIFFERENT FROM OTHER BUILDS YOU HAVE DONE?
Roman: Legacy Cottages is so unique in the fact that it offers unparalleled amenities like boat access, clubhouse and more. The average cottage in Muskoka doesn’t come with amenities.
WHAT TYPE OF CUSTOMER SERVICE DOES ROCK CLIFF OFFER?
Roman: Rock Cliff provides you with the red carpet experience. A dedicated team is assigned to guide you through timelines, design selections and assist with any questions you may have.
We are an award-winning boutique luxury home builder servicing the GTA and Muskoka region. A family run business with over 30 years of experience in restoration, renovations, new homes and cottages, our dedicated team works with a strong network of master tradesman to build homes of the highest quality. Being a smaller volume builder allows us to stay focused on the projects and developments that we take on, ensuring that we exceed our clients’ expectations at all times.
Roman Rockcliffe is Founding Partner
at Rock Cliff Custom Homes
HICKS DESIGN STUDIO
WHAT’S THE OVERARCHING DESIGN INSPIRATION FOR LEGACY COTTAGES?
Bill: I think the inspiration is the traditional simple cottage in the woods. The designs reflect the tradition of a Muskoka cottage found throughout the lakes. There is no attempt to be grand in scale but rather understated so that they fit the land in a more relaxed way.
I used simple structures with simple detailing with the use of traditional gable ends porches and wood siding. The roof lines are kept lower intentionally so that there are views of the stunning lake.
DESCRIBE THE INTERIOR LAYOUT OF THE COTTAGES.
Bill: The focus of the cottage is on the great room, kitchen and screened porch as this is where the family life is centred. Bedrooms are kept intentionally smaller in scale to give as much space as possible to the common gathering areas. The kitchen is open to the great room with vaulted ceilings in many of these areas that can be finished in timber or simply detailed as the owner wishes.
WHAT MAKES THESE COTTAGES SPECIAL?
Bill: The simplicity of the detailing brings an element of coziness. The orientation of each home to look out at stunning water views. Privacy porches created in the perfect place.
Hicks Design Studio is a testament to both the impeccable vision and masterful skills of the firm’s founder, William (“Bill”) Hicks. A graduate of the University of Waterloo, Bill holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree and is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He has served on a number of boards including the Mississauga Hospital Board of Directors, and Chairman of the Bradley Museum Board of Directors. Hicks Design Studio strives for excellence in every step of the process, from initial meetings and concepts through to construction and, ultimately, a successful realization of their client’s vision.
William (“Bill”) Hicks is Founder
of Hicks Design Studio