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Two-Lane Bowling Alley in Secluded Acton Estate

January 30, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JASON HARTOG

This quiet country home and its unexpected amenities was built with family in mind.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Holiday/Winter 2017/18 issue of  OUR HOMES Oakville Burlington Mississauga, p.72. Find local businesses in our Oakville directory. 


This family built their dream home in Halton Hills off the beaten path. Tucked away on a rural lot near Acton and just minutes from town, the scenic property is cloaked by mature trees and tastefully landscaped with shrubs and flowers. It’s a charming haven in the countryside with unexpected amenities inside and out.
 
Designed by David Small of David Small Designs, the concept for the house came straight from the homeowners. Small created improvements in the owner's plan while preserving their vision. They chose the build site not only for the picturesque setting, but for the academic and community resources available to their daughter, who has autism. 
 
The front of the property is impressive but doesn’t reveal the full size of the house, which is close to 14,000 square feet with its expansive finished basement. The stone steps and pathways match the exterior of the home. A breezeway between house and garage leads to the backyard where a stone patio, a fire pit and an elegant swimming pool awaits. A basketball court finishes the space.
 
Though the home’s interior design is mostly transitional with a calm, neutral palette, pops of colour are found in the paintings and accessories. The owners chose the finishes, furniture and accessories themselves, spending countless evenings poring over design magazines and looking at samples. The owners laid most of the home’s tile by hand, upholstered chairs, and built many pieces of furniture themselves.
 
The main floor master suite offers views to the backyard, and its en suite boasts a spa-like bathroom, walk-in closets, a private laundry room and a den. 
 
Upstairs, the home is all about the family's children. Each has a bedroom with en suite and Juliet balcony. The lower level is an entertainer’s paradise with a bar, wine cellar, party room, games area, home theatre and a billiards table, shuffleboard court and two-lane bowling alley by Associated Bowling & Billiard Companies Canada.
 
“David really hit the mark,” the owner asserts. “The design of a home is so important – it’s where you’d never want to skimp – and he was wonderful to work with. We’ve recommended him many times because we were so happy with what he did.” 

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