Love Letter to a House That’s Grown With Its Family


Guelph-area family of six updates their country home for the next phase in their lives.

OUR HOMES Wellington Holiday/Winter 2016/2017A version of this article originally appeared in the Holiday/Winter 2016/2017 issue of  OUR HOMES Wellington County Orangeville Caldeon, p.28. Find local businesses in our Wellington directory.

OUR HOMES Wellington Holiday/Winter 2016/2017After 12 years, this busy family of six was ready for an update on their 2,000 sq. ft. country home outside Guelph. The home’s original décor had been chosen with a young family’s needs in mind: dark flooring (notorious for hiding wear-and-tear), warm paint tones (excellent for camouflaging fingerprints) and functional furniture (like easy-to-wipe leather sofas).
But with children now older – the first of four married and living out of the house – the owners knew the house still had much life to live in it. The knew what they loved in the home (and what they didn’t), and enlisted Sutcliffe Kitchens and Renovations to lead a masterful transformation that revamped this family-friendly home into a sophisticated, yet cosy, abode.
In the enviable foyer, guests are immediately drawn into the stylish country home. Cleverly placed half walls delineate the foyer without obscuring views across the main floor, while white columns and curved archways add visual interest.
The focal point of the living room is most definitely the antique-red wood stove, which inspired the red décor accents throughout the home and was updated with new nickel hardware. The stove heats the entire main floor without need for a furnace. A miniature door was installed beside the fireplace, providing direct access to the garage and an abundant supply of kindling and logs. Dark wide-plank hardwood floors from Bigelow Flooring are enlivened by an abundance of natural light pouring in from the large front window. Decorative pillows in varying textures and styles exude a sense of casual elegance – a departure from the room’s previous style. 
Through a set of modern french doors, the family’s home office was updated with contemporary grey ceramic floors from Ceramic Décor.
The kitchen underwent an intensive facelift to optimize storage and workstations. The garbage, for instance, was moved from under the sink to a lower cabinet beside the sink, so that it can be easily accessed. The rectangular shape of the white shaker flip-up cabinets, chosen for both their convenience and style, is repeated in both the modern brushed-nickel pendant lighting, from Chatelaine Lighting, and stacked tile backsplash.
Topped with a luxe quartz countertop from Sutcliffe and a round bar sink, the island is a central gathering place for the family. Dark maple island cabinets contrast the cool tones of the kitchen and provide a design link to the adjacent dining room, where the family’s rich wood dining table and hutch reside.
Gentle updates breathe new life into the rest of the house.