There's nothing quite like practice to pave a path to perfect. So when Marcello Alaimoof Exquisite Living Homesand Paula Alaimo designed their new family home in Ancaster, having built many before, it didn’t take them long to design a home that’s custom-made to fit their growing family. Vincent Fracassi of Coldwell Banker Community Professionals, Brokerage, helped locate the ideal property for the Alaimos.
“Our vision for the house was French chateau, but with a modern twist,” says Paula. That idea guided most of their decisions, including diamond-shaped roofing shingles with a European feel, and black-framed windows (Golden Windows Ltd.) with a grill effect for a mix of traditional and new. Paula designed a driveway that’s a bold mix of large square pavers (Permacon), laid by Schuit Landscapes. The effect is a little old world, a little new, and that was exactly the plan. The driveway shows off a luxury Genesis G70 Sport, courtesy of Genesis Niagara. The three-car garage opens to the backyard for easy access. LaPointe Interior Design & Landscapeassisted with plant selection.
Married for 12 years and with three young children, Paula and Marcello’s decisions about layout were often fuelled by the practicalities of family life. In the kitchen, they opted for a family dining table in line with, and attached to the island. “The kids are close by if they’re sitting here and colouring or working on homework while I’m cooking,” says Paula.
They chose cabinetry with a subtle profile to add warmth and a bit of tradition. Arabesque tiles bring elegance, and sleek, oversize hardware in a polished chrome introduced the modern.