As their retirement approached, long-time Durham Region residents Helen and Brian determined they did not need both a home and a cottage. They faced a big decision. Where would they live? They had a small cottage on Long Lake where they were eight minutes from the stores and services Haliburton offers, and they could boat to adjoining Miskwabi Lake. They decided they wanted to spend the next part of their lives on the water.
Their cottage, however, was too small to accommodate them and visits from their two daughters, their sons-in-law and grandchildren. Reluctant to tear the small cottage down, they were able to move the original cottage to a neighbouring friend's property.
Helen and Brian hired Ronald S. Sisson Buildersto construct their new permanent home. Jodanne Aggett, a designer with Haliburton Timber Mart, drew building plans for the new home. The couple chose an open-concept floor plan, a larger kitchen and separate living spaces for themselves and their family.
Then they teamed up with designer Sam Lamont to come up with a look for their home. Lamont, owner of Lamont Lifestyle Interiors, created a décor plan inspired by the view. “All of these pale, silvery natural colours – the silvers, the greys, the sands and the bone colours – do not stop the eye,” says Lamont. “Your eye moves right through it and out to the view. ” Walls are painted in a soft neutral tone, Benjamin Moore’s Collingwood, from Cordell Carpet.
Cosy ambience is enhanced with the granite stonework by Kirk Bull Masonry. The custom masonry surrounds a fireplace, supplied by Walker’s Heating & Cooling Systems. Walker’s also provided energy-efficient heating and climate control throughout the home. Stylish, functional and comfortable furniture for the great room area is from Lockside Trading Company.
The master bedroom en suite has a walk-in shower, freestanding tub, heated towel bars and heated floors. Also upstairs is a main floor laundry room in the guest bathroom. The main level, basement and stairs are clad with custom maple hardwood flooring by South Bruce Flooring.
Outside, Hawk River Construction Ltd.completed the landscaping. The company replaced the rickety stairs leading down to the dock with custom-built granite steps, walkways and gardens. Modern, interlocking brick and granite stairs to the home’s entrances give the space a contemporary look.