A version of this article originally appeared in the Summer/Fall 2015 issue of OUR HOMES Durham Region, p.14. Find local businesses in our Durham directory.
Susan Cox of Susan Cox Interiors waited years for the opportunity to design a beach-inspired home, but it didn’t happen. Following a life-threatening illness, she and her husband decided there was no time like the present. They purchased a waterfront home on the eastern shores of Lake Scugog and set about creating their vacation property.
At four bedrooms and 2,500 sq. ft., the 1950s two-storey home overlooks 50 feet of lakefront. They installed crisp, white, one-by-eight shiplap panelling throughout the house for a relaxed style (Benjamin Moore’s Cloud White)
White cabinets, a beige tile backsplash, durable Formica countertops, stainless-steel appliances, pot lighting, and a window above the sink complement the kitchen’s bright look. A favourite feature in the kitchen is a double bar fridge incorporated into the island work station with a butcher-block top. Many of the unique pieces chosen to furnish the beach home, including a dining table, three side tables, a set of antique French shutters, a white bench and fleur-de-lis lanterns came from Port Perry’s Taylor & Company Interiors and Redman’s Antique Barn.
Three large windows and a French door offer a spectacular view of the lake and provide an airy, open feel to the home. Upstairs, the master suite is a comfortable, private zone with en suite bathroom, wood-burning fireplace, sitting nook and sleeping area. Dark-coloured, hand-scraped, riveted laminate floors provide a dramatic contrast next to the shiplap panelling and corner fireplace.
The home’s curb appeal received a huge boost with new landscaping and new brickwork on the driveway. To freshen up the exterior, as well as to foster a beach house impression, the couple installed a new roof and vinyl shakes.