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Farmhouse Fundamentals in a Remarkable Rural Community

April 15, 2019 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SANDY MACKAY

A retired couple says goodbye to the city and hello to Braestone's remarkable community.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of  OUR HOMES Barrie Orillia Midland Innisfil, p.32. Find local businesses in our Barrie directory. 

When Tom and Maureen Sampson look out the abundant windows of their two-storey modern country home in Horseshoe Valley’s new community of Braestone, they see crops in the fields and, on a weekend, horses in the pasture being well tended.
 
Builder Georgian International has designed the community with 229 estate lots strategically positioned to maximize views across 570 acres of rolling countryside. “Here, families will have an opportunity to experience first-hand a vanishing way of life in Ontario,” reads the community website. “The farm’s caretakers will produce honey, maple syrup, jams and more.”
 
Owners like the Sampsons apprciate the locale’s amenities, as well as the ability to custom design their home with Braestone's help. “We were able to make some changes to the original plans to make it our own,” Tom says. Their country retreat replaced a traditional home in the urban heart of Newmarket where they raised their four children. But with more than 4,500 square feet of finished living space on a half-acre lot, their downsizing was more aesthetic than literal.
 
The open-concept layout is awash with natural light. To retain a visual link to the farmstead location, the modern design is tempered with rustic additions that give their one-year-old house a pioneer patina. Wrought-iron hardware outside is echoed by hand-forged interior accents from Northern Iron, including a chandelier in the great room. A full-height stone fireplace and hand-hewn beam mantel with wide-plank engineered hardwood flooring grounds the room.
 
In the kitchen, the couple opted for a dual-tone palette and glass-fronted built-ins.
 
The lower level features barn-board walls in the two double-queen bedrooms. In the rec room the focal point is a beautiful linear gas fireplace from All Fired Up.
 

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