As the date approached for the arrival of their first child, Ryan and Annabelle Bazinet decided their house needed more renovations than they were prepared to invest in, so they sold it – and bought a vacant lot just down the street. Their wish list included an open-concept kitchen, dining room and great room, bedrooms close together, a large master closet and a finished basement for entertaining.
Upper-level laundry facilities, a practical butler’s pantry and an oversize, heated garage with four deep bays also joined the list.
The result is a 3,800 sq. ft. contemporary home on a three-acre property in the Whippoorwill Estates neighbourhood near Perkinsfield.
The Bazinets enlisted the help of second-generation custom home builder Joel Laurin of JVL Home Improvements Ltd. whose signature timber frame exteriors can be seen throughout the region. Annabelle and Ryan started their decision-making process with ideas from Pinterest. When Natalie Hutton Designs was invited to brainstorm, the ideas really started to flow. Natalie helped them pick finishings inside and out.
The two-storey coffered ceiling in the great room, for example, came to life during those meetings with the addition of crown moulding and more box beams than originally drawn. The walls downstairs were painted in Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore, a creamy neutral that shimmers as natural light dances through a wall of windows.
Another development during the building process was the busy couple’s decision to purchase Perkinsfield Kitchen + Bath Inc. (PKB). Previous owner and Annabelle’s godfather Mike Desroches continues to be involved in the business he started more than two decades ago, as he trains Ryan and helps manage the transition.
In Ryan and Annabelle's home, PKB completed all the bathroom vanities, the laundry/mudroom, the built-in bookshelves and, of course, the kitchen. Elegant Solutions supplied the Cambria quartz countertops.