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Five Acres of Hardwood Bush and a Bright Red Front Door

February 22, 2019 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SANDY MACKAY

Happiness is this renovated post-and-beam cabin in the woods.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Ski Season 2019 issue of  OUR HOMES Southern Georgian Bay, p.114. Find local businesses in our Southern Georgian Bay directory.
After purchasing a weekend home near the ski hills of the Blue Mountains, a couple and their three sons realized that the sounds and activities that come with a small lot and close neighbours was similar to what they already had at home in Toronto. They craved more more privacy, more land and more peace. They spotted a home for sale with five acres of property, but it looked rather drab and the interior, dated. Once they stepped inside the post-and-beam home, however, they could see its potential. 

One son suggested they call Evan Reid of Evolution Custom Building, who had coached him at Alpine Ski Club and was a good friend. As easily as that, the home's renovation fell into place.

The home had an unfinished basement with a walkout that would be a natural way to expand the cabin’s bedrooms without changing the all-important cosy feel. Architectural Technologist Pamela Farrow suggested a simple addition to the front of the house where they could shift the stairscase and open up the space inside.
 
The larger front entrance offers lots of windows from Van Dolder’s Custom Exteriors as well as built-ins for storage. The plans allowed for two new bedrooms and a bathroom in the basement plus a powder room on the main level. As a result, a new septic had to be installed. Jake Cassidy of Clearlite Electrical Excavating & Haulage handled the new system and the landscape work around the house.
 
Designer Katie Barnstaple of Corinthian Kitchen & Bath Studio designed the new kitchen for more storage and a better flow. One of the simpler changes to the interior was painting the wood walls between the beams Polar White by Benjamin Moore.
 
In the living room, the fireplace mantel showcases a sign “this is my happy place.” The sectional sofa was purchased at Chatterson’s Home Furniture and Appliances.  

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