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Boathouses [Paperback]

John Visser , Judy Ross

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Book Description

March 15 2006

Stealing a look at charming classic and contemporary boathouses

Award-winning photographer John de Visser and lifelong cottager Judy Ross take readers inside 45 of the North Country's most enticing boathouses -- the rustic, the charming, the grand, the glamorous. Some date back to the 1800s and have changed little over the past century; others are recent eye-catching additions to the water's edge. Styles range from Victorian lavish to Shaker simplicity to Adirondack modern. Inside are inspired sitting rooms, bedrooms, baths, kitchens, and cherished collections of antiques and memorabilia.

Lush color photographs reveal how owners, architects, and designers have made each working boathouse an exceptional place to live as well as a perfect home for prized canoes, sleek motorboats, vintage mahogany launches and, in one case, a day-sailer with a 35-foot mast.

Boathouses is brimming with design ideas for cottagers, decorators, builders, architects -- even landlocked homeowners.

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Brimming with design ideas and practical advice, this book offers inspiration for cottagers, decorators -- even landlocked homeowners. (Doctor's Review 2007-06-00)

The strength of Boathouses is in its photography... a good addition to any cottage, or boathouse, table. (Zander Sherman Muskoka Magazine 2007-07-00)

Filled with history and photographs... that will leave you dreaming of owning one of these lovely boathouses someday. (The Cottager 2006-10-00)

Each boathouse is featured over several pages, with luminous interior and exterior photos... plenty of stories and anecdotes... All together, the boats, the boathouses and the many beautiful vistas combine to create a pleasant diversion for readers who want to immerse themselves in Muskoka's distinct culture. (Carolyn Leitch Globe and Mail 2006-06-16)

The beautifully illustrated tome walks you through 45 fantastic boathouses in Muskoka... An excellent gift for anyone with a retreat in the Muskoka area, this book might snag you a weekend invite. (Jenn Houlihan Style at Home 2006-08-01)

A lovely album of high-end boat shelters and their associated residences. (Woodenboat Review 2006-07-00)

The rustic, the charming, the glamorous and the grand!... The inspiring sitting rooms, kitchens, beds and baths are filled with decorating ideas galore. (Cottage Style 2006-11-00)

Brimming with rich, detailed photographs, design ideas and practical advice, this book is essential for cottagers, decorators, architects -- even landlocked homeowners. (Great Lakes Boating Magazine 2006-10-00)

Boathouses would be a good addition to any cottage, or boathouse, table. (Zander Sherman Muskoka Magazine 2007-07-00)

This [book] offers inspiration and insight for any designer whether working at the cottage level all the way up to full-sized Victorian representations.... A popular pick. (The Midwest Book Review: California Bookwatch 2007-02-01)

[Ross]' passion for the region and its beauty if hard to resist. (Liz Campbell FYI (Oakville) 2012-09-30)

About the Author

As one of North America's finest photographers, John de Visser's images have been featured in more than 40 books, including Summer Cottages and The Thousand Islands. He lives in Cobourg, Ontario.

Judy Ross's travel and lifestyle articles have appeared in House and Home, Cottage Life, Town and Country, and Travel and Leisure. She has co-authored five previous books with John de Visser. She lives in Collingwood, Ontario.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Both public libraries and collections strong in home architecture choices will find it a popular pick. Feb. 7 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Building a house on the water is quite different than building one on land - and over forty of the north country's best boathouses are revealed here, from 19th century wonders to those which are modern creations. Various architects and designers have produced some outstanding boathouses which are created to blend with their environments: this offers inspiration and insight for any designer whether working at the cottage level all the way up to full-sized Victorian representations. Both public libraries and collections strong in home architecture choices will find it a popular pick.

Diane C. Donovan

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book! June 28 2013
By Tessa Hartgrove - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this for my husband as a Father's Day gift. To say he was happy would be an understatement! I noticed the smile on his face with each turned page. This is a lovely book, and I would highly recommend it for anyone who loves the great outdoors, and especially the water!
2.0 out of 5 stars Geographically challenged Jan. 9 2013
By William C. McIntire, IV - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought that this book was going to reflect the best of both traditional and more modern interpretations of the
finest boat houses all around the Great Lakes. Instead it is a limited selection of mostly uninspiring, older boathouses
all from the same area of Canada. Nearly a waste of money.
4.0 out of 5 stars Photos are Small July 28 2014
By Iowa Lawyer - Published on Amazon.com
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Good topic. Very much about Ontario, Canada, if you're interested in that area. My only complaint is the photos are a little too small. Instead of filling the entire page, the photos are "framed" with a lot of white margin. Good coffee table book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 25 2014
By Raymond P Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Beautiful photography and descriptive text. Binding not very good.

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