Downsizing in Tecumseh Brings a New Lease on Life

February 12, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MAX WEDGE

A Lakeshore builder and his family have much to celebrate.

OUR HOMES Windsor Winter 2018A version of this article originally appeared in the Winter 2018 issue of  OUR HOMES Windsor & Essex County, p.38. Find local businesses in our Windsor directory.

After a hard-fought battle with multiple myeloma that included a successful stem cell transplant, builder John King of King Homes & Developments and his wife Karen made some major life changes. They sold their 25-acre country property and purchased two lots backing onto the Belle River. And, because for the Kings, family is everything, John assisted both of his children in building homes nearby as well as building a new home for he and Karen.
“Cancer has a way of putting everything in perspective,” says Karen. Their new home has allowed the couple the freedom to relax and enjoy being with their children and new grandchild. Working with Jodi Mason of Urban Home Furniture & Design Studio made the transition from their former home as seamless as possible. “With everything that was going on with John I knew I wouldn’t have time to get our new place furnished,” Karen says. “I wanted all new furniture because our old home was a completely different style. I absolutely love everything Jodi did."
The easy-maintenance furnishings and finishes allow the couple more time to relax and enjoy each other’s company. “I chose a trans-contemporary style for the home,” Mason says of her design ideas. “They wanted it to be elegant yet warm and casual.”
The porcelain high-gloss tiles and hand-scraped floors (Hi! Neighbor Floor Covering Company) in a matte finish make cleaning easy-peasy says Mason. “I kept the furnishings neutral, yet big and comfy.” In the living room, a barn board accent wall adds an earthy natural feel that grounds the room and gives it an appealing rustic element. 
The sleek, white kitchen with its expansive granite island is the perfect place for the family to gather, as is the outdoor recreation area complete with lanai (Seaton Sunrooms) and the pool (The Great Outdoors) that John used as a key part of his rehabilitation right up until mid-November.