A version of this article originally appeared in the Holiday/Winter 2016/2017 issue of OUR HOMES Region of Waterloo, p.42. Find local businesses in our Waterloo directory.
At just 25 years old, this Waterloo couple define “powerhouse.” They each come from families who are experts in homebuilding in the region, and they recently built a living model home for Sunvale Homes in Waterloo’s Woolwich Estates.
Mike Welton, whose family owns Sunvale Homes, and Meghan Barber, who works at Guelph’s Eve Claxton Realty and whose family owns Barber Glass live in the 2,408 sq. ft. home. “It is a product of collaboration of design inspiration from two families with deep roots in the building industry,” says Mike.
Mike and Meghan sketched out the home’s modern layout. Upstairs, the home has one family bathroom, two secondary bedrooms – one of which Mike and Meghan use as an office – an open-to-below media space, and a grand master suite with a gorgeous en suite.
The five-foot wide pivoting wood door leading into the master, rather than double doors, is a special feature the couple came up with together. Meghan had been inspired by a door she saw in a restaurant and Mike built the pivoting door using reclaimed barn board.
The main floor living space, open to the grand kitchen and dining areas, walks out to a patio. Flooring, from the brushed oak engineered hardwood to the tiles and carpets, was all purchased through Sarmazian Bros. Ltd.
But it’s the windows and glass elements in the home that really make a statement. “Lots of people comment on the corner windows and how much natural light comes in through them,” says Meghan. The pair purchased their windows and doors from Golden Windows Limited.
For the many other glass accents in the home, the couple relied on Barber Glass: the frameless structural glass railings on the floating staircase, the master bedroom fireplace, master bath doors, the sliding glass door that separates the kitchen from the laundry room and the range hood and kitchen backsplash, not to mention furniture like a bench in the foyer and the night stands in the master bedroom.
Established in 1883, Barber Glass has deep roots in working with glass, but they’re always trying new designs. Its sister company Barber Gallery is an art, framing and furniture business alongside the glass operation. Most of the art in Meghan and Mike’s home comes from Barber Gallery, as does their dining table, buffet and chairs and the stools at their island.