On the outside, this home’s ranch-like silhouette and cedar board-and-batten siding (Van Dolder’s Home Team Custom Exteriors) fit in with the surrounding farmhouses and vintage brick Ontario neighbours. But on the inside, it’s a modern black and white beauty.
The home is in Southgate, a rural, Grey County community that lies about half way between Guelph and Owen Sound. The ranch layout lets the family enjoy one-level living, with a master bedroom suite at one end, kids’ bedrooms at the other, and a great big open-concept family space in between.
The owner has a passion for design and secured Markdale-based Valley Home Improvements as builder, working with designer Tamarisk McNalty Stephens of Tamarisk Interior Design. The décor scheme incorporates a black and white colour palette featuring Benjamin Moore’s Onyx and Chantilly Lace (paint from Grey Bruce Paint & Décor), a variety of textiles and texture, bold light fixtures, contemporary artwork and fine but impressive finishing details.
The home is a combination of comfort and practicality. The plush blue velvet sofa is as comfortable as it looks, and the concrete floors topped in an epoxy coating with a reflector enhancer are beautiful to behold, while still ultra durable (Extreme Linings and Coatings; in-floor heating by Sandy Hamilton Heating & Plumbing). Hides from Hide and Chic Canada soften the floor in the dining and living rooms.
The galley-style, open-concept kitchen, custom built by Durham furniture manufacturer Speke Klein, features rift-sawn oak cabinetry for a fun contemporary look. Durable quartz countertops come from The Old Barn.
Breaking up the expanse of white walls throughout the home are large canvases with intriguing abstract designs by Grey County artist Evelyne Richer. Though the house itself may look like a work of art, it is designed to be lived in and not simply looked at – a space used every moment of every day by a busy young family.