Custom Calabogie Timber View on the Madawaska River


A timber frame home with a million-dollar view of Calabogie Lake.

Our Homes Ottawa Fall 2017A version of this article originally appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of  OUR HOMES The City of Ottawa, p.48. Find local businesses in our Ottawa directory.

What do you get when you take two people who work from home, add a beautiful timber frame house into the mix and combine it with a million dollar view? For Paul Papousek and his wife Cathy, that turned out to be home, sweet home. As as Normerica Timber Homes & Cottages’ Eastern Ontario sales representative, Paul wanted to showcase his company’s construction by building his own home, in the ideal setting. Once Calabogie was determined as the location, there was no other place to build but Barrett Chute on the Madawaska River system.
The modified Cape, built by Normerica with Jody Kelly of Kelly Homes Inc., was customized from the company’s own design to take into account the Papouseks’ lifestyle and personal tastes. “That is what is so great about Normerica: the exterior shell of the house is supplied and the design contract allows people to change the layout of their home to suit themselves,” says Paul. 
For Cathy, who has been working from home as an independent human resources consultant for the past five years, it was important to have a work space that provides privacy without feeling closed off from the rest of the house. After modifying the plan by removing two bedrooms originally designed for the second floor, the resulting loft became Cathy’s space.
The main floor contains 1,800 square feet and is the Papouseks’ main living space as well as being the showpiece of their home. The inner beauty of timber frame construction is revealed in the bold elegance of exposed posts supporting massive horizontal beams, framing the view. To emphasize the height of the room, a stone fireplace draws the eye to the peak of the cathedral ceiling and houses a Napoleon fireplace by Carleton Refrigeration Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd.
The master bedroom wing is located on one side of the great room. Its en suite has a vessel tub and step-in shower from Mondeau Bathroom & Kitchen.
On the other side of the great room, a spacious kitchen flows into a dining room that takes in more of that view. From this area, a sliding door opens to the screened-in porch, with cathedral ceilings, offering access to the deck outside.