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Family Clears Land for Beautiful Stone Home

April 01, 2019 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SANDY MACKAY

The family that builds together melds together.

OUR HOMES Grey & Bruce Counties Spring 2019
A version of this article originally appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of  OUR HOMES Grey & Bruce Counties, p.68. Find local businesses in our Grey Bruce directory.
Simon and Courtney Dietz spent two summers clearing the land for their new home with the help of their family. The family cherishes that experience, building bonfires with their two daughters and learning first-hand about their new property together. “It was a joyful, bonding time,” remembers Courtney.
 
As they moved on to the next stages of building, they maintained that sense of excitement. “We saw the opportunity to build as a gift,” says Courtney. “We chose to go about it as a new and exciting adventure, we kept that attitude even during the stressful moments. We really had a lot of fun.”
 
The Dietzes credit much of their positive experience to Don Tremble and the team at Candue HomesThey customized their chosen house plan, including creating a lower level specifically for the girls. The finished basement now has three bedrooms, a full washroom and an additional living room – a perfect space for recurring family sleepovers.
 
 
The heart of the home, though, is the large, bright custom kitchen, provided by Barzotti Woodworking Ltd. Tile came from House Rules Design Shop.
 
 
An open floor plan accommodate family gatherings. The well-designed layout includes multiple landing spaces for outdoor clothing and footwear and a main-floor laundry with exterior door, offering easy access to a backyard clothesline. “
 
The finished product – a bit of country, with a touch of contemporary beach house – is comfortable and relaxing, showcasing Courtney’s flair for design, “I think your home should include what you love: colours, patterns, shapes.” For the Dietz family, that meant bringing the outdoors inside, with colours and textures inspired by the large yard just outside their windows, leading to 40 acres of forest beyond.
 
 
Black accents pepper their way through the home, including those in the Twelve Oaks Modern Maple flooring, chosen specifically for its dark knots combined with the bright, natural colour.
 
Bright tones continue in the lower level, where the girls’ area takes its cues from another of the family’s favourite locations: the beach. 

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