Photography: Courtesy of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
Photography: James Brittain / MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

Enough House cuts a sharp profile amid the bucolic surrounds of Shobac estate in Canada’s Nova Scotia.

The steel-clad cabin is one of a cluster of properties built or restored by architect Brian MacKay Lyons on the cliff-side settlement – once a Mi’kmaq summer camp.

Designed as a modern riposte to the surrounding 18th-century architecture, its weathered steel exterior juxtaposes the grey, wooden form of the nearby 1855 schoolhouse. Meanwhile, the gabled roof takes inspiration from a nearby octagonal barn.

‘Enough House shares the same minimalist ethic as the adjacent schoolhouse, but the schoolhouse is classical and an essay in wood detailing, whereas Enough House is developed from materiality that is thoroughly contemporary,’ said MacKay-Lyons.

Steel details have crept into the cabin’s rustic interiors via a bespoke staircase which leads up to the bedroom and bathroom. Downstairs, the living room features an enormous 24ft corner window that peeks out over the surrounding pastures, as well as a cosy wood-burning stove.

Photography: Courtesy of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
Photography: James Brittain / MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

The two-storey property – which sleeps up to five, and is available via Plans Matter – also has views of Hirtle Beach in the distance, and is 15 km from Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ideal for the adventurous, it’s close to hiking trails and the nearby LaHave Islands are a popular spot with sea-kayakers.

For those seeking more sedate pleasures, Enough House’s sun-drenched courtyard is perfect for catching morning rays with a coffee and a book in hand.

And should you like Shobac so much you don’t want to leave, you don’t have to – MacKay-Lyons is selling two plots of ocean-facing land in the estate where you can commission your own cabin…

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Betty is the Editor of The Spaces.

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