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City in the Front, Cottage in the Back

October 20, 2017 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SANDY MACKAY

Sitting on the dock of the bay within minutes of downtown Barrie.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of  OUR HOMES Barrie Orillia Midland Innisfil, p.76. Find local businesses in our Barrie directory. 

Lou and Sandy Nitsopoulos’s north Barrie home is in the best of all worlds: Close to the action downtown yet situated on its own quiet waterfront lot with an unparalleled view of sailboats, fireworks and sunshine. Lou is a land developer. His projects include Innisfil’s Innisbrook Estates, Midhurst’s Bridlegate Estates and Barrie’s Bayshore Landing. Lou and Sandy also partner with Bob and Linda Graves of Homes by DayCor to bring other developments to Barrie and the surrounding area, as well as expand the custom building arm. Lou and Sandy clearly love their jobs. “It’s really neat to see communities come together,” says Lou. “That’s exciting for me.

In 2009 Lou and Sandy sold their home in Midhurst with the on-trend high ceilings and open-concept layout to move into a smaller home with renovation potential in this perfect location. Using their know-how as builders, they totally transformed the home, inside and out, and added a screened-in porch at the back. They also added a deck off the master bedroom on the top floor and revamped the lower level, building a second kitchen and bar area with easy access to the pool area out back. The result is a fabulous mix of old and new.
 
Lou wanted waterfront and Sandy wanted downtown living, so the property was the ideal compromise with two deeded lots; one on either side of a waterfront walking and biking trail that runs all the way from the south end of Barrie to Orillia.
 
The interior has retained much of its original charm, with some added touches like new trim, shiplap, built-ins and paint. All four bathrooms were renovated with beautiful slate and marble. They purchased all their new flooring and paint from Irvine Carpet One Floor & Home. They found all the new bathroom fixtures at Bathworks
 
“We liked the old feel, similar to the Beaches neighbourhood in Toronto, so we didn’t replace everything,” says Sandy. “We kept the original floor but had to add new hardwood in some spots that we matched with stain.”
 
The centrepiece of the renovation and favourite family hangout spot is the three-season, screened-in porch at the rear of the home. Comfy seating is perfect for viewing sports on a big screen TV and a dining table is set for meals. Sandy found a lot of her furnishings and décor at Dwellings in Craighurst.

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