Country House architect

Country House architect

Country House architect, Cottage architect

At home in the landscape: Cottages and Country Houses

What we do

While we have always done some design work in Toronto, we have specialised in designing cottages and country houses in the Ontario landscape.

We aim to make beautiful buildings that comfortably enhance the pleasure of living in exceptional landscapes. We work closely with our clients to understand how they will inhabit the property, and we arrange the buildings to provide a variety of views of and exposures to the landscape. Major rooms are arranged to provide beautiful views out and comfortable interiors within. We work to fit out the interiors in detail so that the functional areas particular to country life are especially suitable.


James Ireland founded the firm in 1985, and has designed and overseen the construction of cottages large and small, in Muskoka, Georgian Bay, the Kawarthas, Haliburton, Quebec, and Nova Scotia, country houses nearer Toronto, and residences in the Metropolitan Toronto area. From 1995 to 2007, James also designed the residential work of Stark Ireland Architects.