A Whitby couple long had a vision for a new waterfront home on Lake Simcoe. While visiting friends near Beaverton 18 years ago, they impulsively bought a cottage. “It was a cute little cottage but it was always the dream to tear it down and build our permanent home,” says the owner.
With the help of RWH Construction, the couple moved into their spacious, new, five-bedroom house last summer. They chose RWH as their builder because they wanted a local company that offered a turnkey approach. “We liked the fact that they were a smaller, family company and were locally based,” says the owner.
The design was careful to preserve some large maple trees and take advantage of sunlight and the great view. Three tiers of custom-made Jeld-Wen windows in the great room look out onto Lake Simcoe where Georgina Island and Duclos Point sit on the horizon. Black leather sofas gather around a stacked stone fireplace crafted by mason Mark Isherwood. Soaring pine timbers intersect the white, poplar-sheathed, cathedral ceiling.
Floors throughout the home are covered in wide plank, hand-scraped hickory, an engineered hardwood that allows in-floor radiant heat to warm the family room, gym, office and four bedrooms on the ground floor.
The kitchen space centres on a large Cambria quartz-topped island with a dining bar, double prep sinks and refrigerated drawers. Cabinetry reaches the ceiling where illuminated, glass-fronted cupboards display a collection of colourful treasures. A chandelier of dangling cutlery, from Living Lighting, illuminates the adjoining dining space.
Downstairs, the ground-floor bedrooms, an office and gym flank the large family room where barn board covers two walls, lending the space a cottage look. Snowshoes and the owner's father’s fishing gear – a dip net, creel and gaff – decorate one wall.