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Custom Home Builder, CedarCoast Timber Homes shows why they lead the field in building cottages that reflect family living at its finest.

As a custom home builder, CedarCoast is like no other. Here’s why.



WHY CEDARCOAST? SINCE 1991, BROTHERS BERT AND PATRICK BONGERS have worked with clients throughout Ontario, the U.S. and abroad. Our experience as a custom home builder working across long distances, designing and exporting home packages, has resulted in the development of two key advantages for any prospective home owner.

FIRST, WE CREATED A HOME DESIGN PROCESS that is effective even when face-to-face meetings are not always practical. We lead you from concept or architectural design through to space planning and interior design. Utilizing both computer design tools and conversation, we weigh various design options, until you find the features that most appeal to you. We ‘play’ with these options until we get you to a place of confidence that your new home design is the right one for you and your family.

SECOND, WE DEVELOPED DETAILED MATERIALS AND QUALITY CONTROL CHECKLISTS AND SYSTEMS. There are several key benefits that arise in the pursuit of this information. We can then work with you to investigate design and finishing alternatives ensuring that your project meets your investment target and that the various components are in balance. These systems also allow us to accurately determine the total project cost before a “shovel is put in the ground” meaning we can provide you with fixed project costs.

FINALLY, THIS INFORMATION CAN BE USED to solicit project management and construction bids allowing you to compare and ultimately select the best project management team. As a quality custom home builder, with projects throughout Muskoka, Haliburton and Georgian Bay regions, CedarCoast Timber Homes offers turn-key construction management services. This allows you the opportunity to work with a single company from the initial design, all the way through to move-in. Alternatively, we can manufacture your timber frame or log package and work with your builder in any region globally.

Whether you wish to meet high levels of energy efficiency, have a home powered by solar, include the latest in home automation or simply create a seasonal retreat in the woods, we have both the experience and the passion to become your custom home builder of choice.


The CedarCoast Team

Pat Bongers

PAT BONGERS is a long term member of the Rotary Club of Gravenhurst. He is on the board of directors and is Chair of the International Committee. If you want to learn more about the Rotary Wheels for Learning program in Cambodia, ask Patrick the next time you speak with him.

HIS ROLE AT CEDARCOAST is project leader and he is instrumental in building design and specifications. You can ask Patrick about the Energy Star™ program and how it can be incorporated into your home.

Patrick is a graduate of Ryerson University and has continued to upgrade skills related to energy efficient building techniques and methods as well as building science and ‘green’ technologies.

Bert Bongers is a founding partner of custom home builder, CedarCoast Timber Homes in Muskoka.

Bert Bongers

BERT SPENDS AS MUCH TIME AS POSSIBLE at the “off-grid” family retreat near Killarney. He loves hiking, is a long-time member of the Muskoka Rowing club and skis whenever possible.

Professionally, Bert has consulted with architects, developing detailed project specifications for log and timber frame projects they were designing. Timber homeowners have retained him to deal with problems left by previous builders. Bert has sat on consumer-focused builder discussion panels.

AS A PROJECT LEADER, Bert enjoys getting to know clients well and seeing their project through from design to move-in. He graduated from the University of Guelph.

Joe Amos is a member of the dedicated team at custom home builder, CedarCoast Timber Homes.

Joe Amos

JOE LOVES PLAYING HOCKEY and enjoys boating with his wife and daughter.

Joe has been with CedarCoast since 2003 and is responsible for technical specifications and final review of project drawings.

His education is in Architectural Technology and he is a B.C.I.N. registered designer.


Brianna Allen is a valued member of the team at custom home builder, CedarCoast Timber Homes.

Breanna Allen

WHETHER SHE IS ADVENTURING through the forest, traveling overseas or taking additional courses to update her education, Breanna is always on a path to expand her knowledge and gain new experiences.

Breanna has been with CedarCoast since 2005 and is a key contributor on all stages of design. She works with our clients on interior design options. She is in charge of scheduling and keeps budgets and timelines updated so that your project remains on track.

Her education includes certification in Architectural Technology and B.C.I.N. certification.

Carolyn Goddard is a valued team member at custom home builder, CedarCoast Timber Homes in Muskoka, Ontario.

Carolyn Goddard

CAROLYN SPENDS AS MUCH TIME AS POSSIBLE  “off the grid” in Killarney where she’s been “one with nature” since she was a toddler flying into camp by float plane.  She has shared this passion for Killarney with Bert for over thirty years now! She is a passionate downhill skier, enjoys snow shoeing and cross-country skiing and has become an avid mid-life rower! Carolyn has been with CedarCoast since 1999 as the Office Manager and general “get it done” person.  She has a background in conference and meeting planning, and continuing education program management.  She has spent many years volunteering with various community and school committees and events and was proud to support the Ontario Winters Games held in Muskoka in 2014 as part of the Organizing Committee. Graduated from the University of Guelph.

Robert McQuillan is a valued member of the dedicated team at custom home builder, CedarCoast Timber Homes in Muiskoka, Ontario.

Robert McQuillan

ROBBIE IS THE NEWEST ADDITION to the CedarCoast team. He is happy to be back in Muskoka where he likes to be outdoors in the beautiful, natural environment. He is also an accomplished gardener. His role is CAD work and he specializes in 3D design. You can ask Robbie how he can bring your drawings to life! Robbie is a Certified Engineering Technologist and has obtained his B.C.I.N.

Peggy Foran is a valued member of the team at custom home builder, CedarCoast Timber Homes in Muskoka, Ontario.

Peggy Foran

WORK IS PEGGYS PASSION! With a long history of working with various construction companies and suppliers, she offers a thorough understanding of accounting matters in this industry.

Peggy joined the CedarCoast team in 2012 and has taken charge of bookkeeping and client invoicing. Ask Peggy how we make invoicing clear and easy to follow throughout the entire project.

Ben Readman is a valuable member of the dedicated team at custom home builder, CedarCoast Timber Homes.

Ben Readman

BEN IS A SPORTSMAN who likes to hunt and enjoys playing hockey throughout the week.

He is a licensed carpenter and was a licensed funeral director from his previous career, which is probably why he is exceptional with customer service. This doesn’t go unnoticed by our clients since he is mentioned regularly in the client testimonials and referrals.

Ben has been with CedarCoast since 2001 as a Project Manager and site supervisor. If you have a question about running an efficient project, ask Ben.

Dan Freeburn is a valuable member of the team at custom home builder, CedarCoast Timber Homes in Muskoka, Ontario.

Dan Freeburn

DAN HAS LIVED AND WORKED IN MUSKOKA for most of his life and enjoys outdoor activities with his two daughters.

Dan joined the CedarCoast team in 2013 as a project manager and site supervisor. He has been self- employed for 23 years and has extensive experience managing large, custom projects.

Dan graduated from Seneca College as a Fire Prevention Technologist.