Functionality was a key theme while Reay and Courtney Hunter renovated the family homestead in Hanover.
Reay is the third generation in his family to put down roots in what was once a double-wide mobile home. The ranch-style home is now completely unrecognizable from how it appears in the old photograph that hangs in the brightly-painted, closed-in breezeway.
The 2,500 sq. ft. open-concept home offers plenty of functional space for the couple, their two children Liam and Elliott and the family dog, Bruce. It’s a place to showcase and enjoy unique treasures collected over the years and unwind after a long day at The Old Barn Polished Stone Creations, the family business.
Reay’s parents, Ted and Brenda, completely gutted the home after purchasing it from Ted's parents in 2004, putting an addition on the front as well as relocating the basement staircase and finishing the lower level. Reay and Courtney put their personal stamp on the home after taking over ownership from his parents two years ago.
New and old seamlessly blend together in every room of the house. The couple have collected a lot of treasures over the years from relatives, antique stores and auctions. “We love reusing old things,” says Courtney, seated at the large dining table, which they purchased from family friends. “A lot of older furniture and décor is really funky.”
The biggest change happened in the kitchen. Reay and Courtney reconfigured the island and dining room to open up the space and they also added new cabinetry. Reay designed the space himself and chose Bruce County Custom Cabinets to complete the work. The Hunters looked no further than their own backyard for the perfect granite countertops to achieve the modern look they were after. Along with purchasing the home in 2016, Reay and Courtney also took over The Old Barn. They selected Black Horse, a black stone with chunky streaks of lighter stone running throughout, to accent the Absolute Black granite around the perimeter. The couple chose a light grey paint colour by Benjamin Moore for the kitchen and dining area and durable Vintage Timberwolf luxury vinyl plank flooring from Cuneo Interiors.
Downstairs, a large grey sectional from Smitty’s Fine Furniture allows the family to cosy up in front of the granite fireplace (Muskoka Tides from The Old Barn) and enjoy a movie. The family’s love of Star Wars is evident in the chosen wall hangings, which also include band posters from the couple’s teenage days.
Outside, the home received new red exterior doors, as well as sleek garage doors by Peninsula Overhead Doors. The newest renovation to the home is the 375 sq. ft. deck, which they had built by Candue Homes last summer. The composite deck material is easy to maintain and creates additional gathering space to enjoy the quiet, country property.