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Black-and-White Home has Heated Concrete Floors

March 01, 2017 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SANDY MACKAY

Rural living in this Grey County house is far from country.

OUR HOMES Grey Bruce Holiday/Winter 2016/17A version of this article originally appeared in the Holiday/Winter 2016/17 issue of  OUR HOMES Grey & Bruce Counties, p.54. Find local businesses in our Grey-Bruce directory.

OUR HOMES Grey Bruce Holiday/Winter 2016/17
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. 

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The window trim and doors of this ranch-style home were custom designed to match the colour of the metal roof.

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A specially designed front entrance houses a favourite piece of abstract art.

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Stark whites and blacks are broken up with a bold blue sofa and the rich warm tones of various cowhides. The heated, polished concrete floors provide a neutral backdrop for the interesting art and furnishings.

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The dining area is separated from the front foyer by a black partial partition wall.

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Light fixtures were an important focus in the design of the home, including this intricately woven chandelier pendant.

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Geometric pillows in white and black on an entranceway bench complement the home’s colour scheme.

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The kitchen features rift-sawn oak cabinetry, matte black pendants with copper interiors, and waterfall quartz countertops in white.

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Open shelving showcases the owner’s most used and favourite items.

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A pantry, hidden behind a sleek black barn door, houses small kitchen appliances and other goods.

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A mudroom is a must-have for any busy family, with cubbies and baskets to keep shoes and hats organized.

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An upholstered bed and another cowhide lend texture and depth to the clean symmetry of the white and black principal bedroom.

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A small alcove in the principal bedroom works as a makeup vanity station.

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The principal en suite has round his-and-hers vessel sinks, which soften the sharp contemporary angles of the room.

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Wild green and orange accents amp up the classic white and black of the home’s colour palette for the boys’ bedroom.

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Splashes of pink and yellow enliven the girls’ bedroom space.

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