Craftsman's Fir Beams Dovetail with Knotty Pine


Vision and design meld beautifully in this Craftsman-style bungalow in Wellington County.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of  OUR HOMES Wellington County, Orangeville, Caledon, p.54. Find local businesses in our Wellington directory. 

Dale Menken was first introduced to the plot of land his house now stands on back in 1998. His family business, Diamond Tree Care & Consulting, had been hired to take care of the property’s trees. Every year, Dale continued to provide tree maintenance and formed a close relationship with the owner. Throughout the years, they had numerous conversations, and one day the owner asked Dale if he would like to purchase the property if she ever decided to sell. In December of 2014 he did just that, realizing his dream of owning property and building a home of his own.
Dale and his fiancée chose Jesse Grin of Rockhaven Homes to build a new home on the original foundation. The resulting 2,103 sq. ft. bungalow has a timber frame pattern that flows from the exterior front of the house inside and through to the rear deck of the structure.
Jesse designed the detailed timber accents inside and out, utilizing Douglas fir. The craftsmanship of cutting and shaping the timbers was completed by Ram Peel Construction Inc., which also has a long-standing relationship with Rockhaven and the homeowners.
The kitchen is open to the great room and boasts a large island with leathered granite countertop from Graniteworx. The dark texture of the wood on the island is a warm contrast to the white cabinetry in the rest of the kitchen, and a dining table positioned at the end of the island allows for extra space when guests are invited. The dining space overlooks the covered porch with impressive western red cedar decking salvaged from the original Pan Abode home.
A floor-to-ceiling stone-clad fireplace anchors the great room. Cathedral ceilings and wooden beams combine to create a cottage-like feel. Three bedrooms and a master en suite branch off the great room and can be closed off to busy gatherings. The owners opted for special treatment in the master en suite, installing a jet tub, a curbless walk-in shower and heated floor (fixtures by The Ensuite).
The entry most often used is at the side of the house, close to where the original entry was situated. Now there’s a pretty, but functional combination mudroom and laundry. Tile flooring in the mudroom and bathrooms is from Ceramic Decor Inc.
Outside, stone walkways, weathered limestone and an array of native plants and perennials are sculpted to enhance but blend with the woodland setting. The original garage stands at the edge of the driveway and now houses a workshop.