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Dining Above the Trees in Horseshoe Valley

October 30, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SANDY MACKAY

A glorious timber-frame home gets a bird’s-eye view of the ski slopes north of Toronto.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Fall 2018 issue of  OUR HOMES Barrie Orillia Midland Innisfil, p.54. Find local businesses in our Barrie directory. 
 

On family ski trips to Canada’s west coast, Marianne and Peter Valjas were so captivated by the natural beauty and sweeping vistas of the mountains that they were inspired to transform their Horseshoe Valley cottage. Their rustic hilltop home has become a timber-frame chalet they will enjoy in their retirement.
 
“We’d dreamed of having a Whistler look in Ontario and one day owning a timber frame home,” recalled Marianne, who also wanted a maintenance-free environment, leaving time to enjoy the four-season activities beyond their doorstep. They turned to skiing community friend Terry Michelsson of Moonstone Timber Frame to work from plans drawn by Minesing’s Denise Adams-Lawrence of West Eden Design Studio
 
“I have all these things that make my life easier here,” Marianne says. Reclaimed oak barn board floors with in-floor heating, for example, only get more interesting with wear. “We have two big dogs – we didn’t want to worry about damaging the floors.” 
 
They didn’t have to worry about many window coverings either, but Hunter Douglas blinds from Blair Interiors were added where necessary. 
 
In the kitchen, appliances are tucked seamlessly behind custom cabinets in a kitchen made of alder wood. A custom stain complements the Benjamin Moore wall paint in Pashmina. To continue maximizing luxurious finishes while minimizing upkeep, quartz was chosen for the main counters, while a live-edge slab adorns the breakfast bartop. 
 
Muskoka granite was used by JMC Stoneworks Ltd. to create the fireplace hearths and surrounds. The main floor showpiece is a faux dry-stack construction with built-in lighting, a reclaimed wood mantel and a side cubby to store and stack logs. The large guillotine Rumford unit from the Fireplace Shop ensures the warm air generated stays inside. A favourite leather chair is from Aboda Decor.
 
A Sonos sound system from Simcoe Audio Video is available at the touch of a cell phone button.

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