Joyce and Pat will never forget the morning of May 18, 2017. At 7:20 a.m., Joyce answered the telephone. At the other end was an official with the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Home Lottery calling to let her know she had won the lottery’s Early Bird prize, a lakefront cottage in the Kawarthas. Long-time lottery supporters, the couple lives in the Niagara Region. They now take Fridays and Mondays off so they can enjoy more time at the lake with their two daughters and four grandchildren.
Awarded fully furnished, professionally decorated and naturally landscaped, the 2,378 sq. ft., four-season Linwood Custom Home, built by Brad McFarlane Construction Inc., is on Buckhorn Lake. “The Linwood post-and-beam home and cottage package offers a lot of pre-cut manufacturing components, which helps excel the speed of construction,” says Linwood’s Craig McFarlane, vice-president of retail sales. For the past 10 years, Craig has been designing and delivering prize cottages for the Princess Margaret lottery. The home sits on an acre with the dock just a short walk away.
Interior decor was overseen by Lakeshore Designs. An open floor plan and chic coastal-style décor make the home bright and breezy. From the roomy, main-level, front entrance, an arched window wall draws the eyes outside to panoramic views. A 23-foot vaulted ceiling above the kitchen, dining area and living room owes its grandeur to multiple wooden beams and tongue-and-groove pine finish.
An icy blue, mermaid-scale, glass tile backsplash and a farm sink add elegance to a large L-shaped kitchen. White, raised panel, maple cabinets are finished with crystal-look pulls and topped with quartz counters. A prep island, with deep blue cabinets, provides additional storage, seating and work space. With a long table and eight wicker chairs, the adjacent dining area offers plenty of room for company. A nearby door provides handy access to the barbecue and an outdoor dining area on a large, glass enclosed cedar deck, which also features a hot tub by The Hot Tub People Inc.
“The important thing about all of this is not that we won, it is that we are supporting cancer research,” says Pat, a cancer survivor. “The cancer cause is something very near and dear to our hearts. It affects us like so many people. Joyce’s dad died from cancer and we have many friends who are or who have been affected by cancer. That is why we buy tickets. We will continue to do so.” Since 1996, the lotteries have raised over $341 million for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. The odds of winning are one in 25.