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We have always aimed to preserve our natural surroundings at MBL. From the outset, we carefully chose our building sites, planned the structures, imagined our future here, with the greatest respect for our environment. We also take pride in our creative use of recycled heritage materials in the lodges – materials used in construction and décor alike.
The first lodge to be built at Middle Beach, our Lodge at the Beach, features classic West Coast architecture in its use of heavy timbers and classic board and batten cedar siding. Warm comfortable sleeping accommodations are grouped around exquisite oceanfront lounges in a decor of rustic West Coast simplicity. The use of recycled wood during this first building phase included timbers salvaged from notable Victoria landmarks such as the Ogden Point Ice Plant in Victoria Harbour. When all the nails had been removed, these timbers were milled and re-used to create fine furnishings including the dining room harvest tables, cabinetry, washstands, beds and side tables. Plank floors of recycled birch wood was laid in the main lounge, while in the central living room, a massive fireplace was crafted from river rock from the nearby Kennedy River. Many of the furnishings are collectibles and antiques sourced from all parts of Canada. A writer who visited us on numerous occasions commented "Ralph Lauren would be happy here."
With the knowledge gained from the Lodge at the Beach, two years later construction began on the Lodge at the Headlands. Extensive road work, site servicing, and controlled rock blasting took place ahead of the main construction, always with great care taken to preserve the forest setting and its natural vegetation. These determined efforts to respect the site today result in a lodge that appears to be in an entirely untouched West Coast landscape. It has been said the buildings appear to have been dropped in from the heavens above.
The heavy timbered West Coast buildings of Lodge at the Headlands provide an impressive demonstration of highly original ways to recycle of old, high quality lumber. Core feature elements include flooring, ceiling beams, tables, lamps, beds, reception desks, kitchen cabinetry and the like, all built of fine edge grain fir, the like of which is rarely seen today. All of this wood came from wood that we salvaged, milled and refinished – carefully hand-selecting it from old buildings in Victoria that were slated for demolition or redevelopment. The Andrew Sheret building and the Kelly Douglas building in particular provided truck loads of raw material that we worked our way through.
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