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The Collingwood by Güte is a modular space where every single piece performs at least two functions: a kitchen table that becomes a bed, a shelf that becomes a desk. It also boasts an ethanol fireplace and LED lighting.

Now that winter is almost over, it's time to start planning the details of what you've been dreaming of for months. Is your summer escape going to be a backyard oasis? A little cabin by the lake?

The Collingwood by Güte, a modern spin on shepherd huts, can be both, and so much more.

Thomas Euteneier, a custom home builder, and sons Evan and Dylan launched the Maxwell, Ont.-based company last summer after building a shepherd hut – a small structure on iron wheels that can serve as a bedroom, kitchen, living room or office – for a pond on their property. The name, Güte, is a nod to the family's German heritage (roughly translated it means "good" or "quality").

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While Güte makes a classic rectangular-shaped shepherd hut, it also designed the more modern, curved Collingwood, which will be on display at Toronto's National Home Show starting Friday. "We wanted to do a more organic shape," Dylan says.

The fully insulated Collingwood, named after the Ontario resort town, measures 17 feet by 7.5 feet. Inside, it's all clean lines and simplicity. But don't let that design philosophy fool you. This is a modular space where every single piece performs at least two functions: a kitchen table that becomes a bed, a shelf that becomes a desk. It also boasts an ethanol fireplace and LED lighting.

It isn't cheap, but it would make a lovely place to dream away a summer night, or an adorable office for your backyard.

$43,000, fully furnished. gute.ca

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