Baby Boomers Shifting into Play Mode


A builder caters to baby boomers who look to resettle in Southern Georgian Bay.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Ski Season 2018 issue of  OUR HOMES Southern Georgian Bay, p.90. Find local businesses in our Southern Georgian Bay directory.

 “They're Boomers going into play mode," describes Upstream Construction builder Andrew Noxon of the owners of this Cape Cod-style home he recently renovated off of Mountain Road just outside Collingwood.
Like other weekenders who are deciding to make Southern Georgian Bay their full-time home, “They’re moving into a phase of their lives where they can do what they want to do, versus what they have to do,” Noxon says. This particular home had been the couple’s weekend chalet for several years, and once they had retired and sold their Etobicoke house, they were ready to edge their corner of the neighbourhood. Located just outside Collingwood, the established street is central to town, mountain and bay and all the year-round amenities that the region has to offer.
The existing home had cathedral ceilings and a beautiful fireplace, but the owners wanted more windows across the back to be able to look out at the birch and cedar forest.
Noxon recommended widening the house an extra 10 feet has brought a balance to the flow of the home and created several new spaces for them to enjoy. A new reading room off the kitchen has heated floors, and a conversation area beside the sliding doors in the great room lets them soak in the sun with tranquil views out to their yard.
The reconfigured kitchen gained a butler’s pantry and the master bedroom suite gained a walkout to the backyard. With beautiful, light-toned engineered hardwood running throughout and Noxon’s signature fine mouldings and finishes, the home strikes a sweet spot between traditional craftsman and Georgian Bay styles. Wainscotting and panelling integrates with elements like the large fireplace mantel, and offers a backdrop for the owners’ art collection.  
The staircase in the grand foyer was enhanced with the same spindle detailing that the homeowners had in their previous home – an egg shape that Noxon fabricated in his wood shop. The stairs were refinished in the same hardwood as the rest of the home, with nosings cut from book-matched grain.
In the master bedroom, the couple enjoy a painting they found at Mad & Noisy Gallery by Julia Veenstra, depicting a similar, if not the very same, island that they had canoed to on Georgian Bay when they decided to get married last year, after 18 years of life together. Bedding by Dovetail Interiors
A gorgeous bar area on the lower level is finished in walnut. “My clients are known to host cocktail parties, but they also have buddies over to watch the game – it was important to them that the recreation space downstairs had luxury to it,” says Noxon. A contemporary bar is set up with a wine fridge, floating shelves and accent LED lighting. A dark feature wall is painted Benjamin Moore’s Kendall Charcoal and the walls throughout the home are in Duluxe’s Stratosphere, painted by the homeowner himself.
“This home is a great example of taking a dated, weekend house and turning it into a welcoming, comfortable place where friends and family can gather, and where a couple of young boomers can look forward to having the kind of retirement they’ve worked toward all their lives,” says Noxon.