Fly Fisherman Casts For and Catches a River Getaway


Tour a fisherman's unique getaway on the Saugeen River.

OUR HOMES Grey & Bruce Counties Fall 2018
A version of this article originally appeared in the Fall 2018 issue of  OUR HOMES Grey & Bruce Counties, p.20. Find local businesses in our Grey Bruce directory.
What began as a project to simply store his boats near the Saugeen River, an avid fly fisherman’s dream soon turned into a unique build – one that stands out for custom homebuilders and renovators Ben and Dylan Freeburn of Alair Homes Grey Bruce.
With a sweeping driveway and impressive entrance, Armando Pagliari's cottage adds charm to the historic Southampton neighbourhood. Most would assume from the outside that it is a regular home. “We went to the drawing board to come up with the best sort of plan to house his boats, allow for space and provide the one-and-a-half storey development he was looking for,” explains Ben. 
The tinted, poured-concrete driveway leads to garage doors at both the cottage and detatched garage behind. Warm Estate stone (Shouldice Designer Stone) complements the cottage’s brown shingles, its beautiful wooden door with notable transoms (Van Dolder’s Custom Exteriors) and old-world lantern above (Martin’s Home Hardware). “We wanted the front elevation to be as residential as possible,” Ben says.
Those who knock at the door may expect to walk into a foyer but instead, step into an incredible showroom for Armando’s toys. The garage is where the homeowner prefers to spend the majority of time when he visits his cottage, unless of course he’s out on the water.
The high ceilings were a must-have on Armando’s wishlist, and a main component in the carriage-house design. Polished concrete floors, custom cabinetry (Wood & Wallworks) along with custom, laser-cut signs branded with fishing logos make this space a man cave like no other. For Armando, who works in manufacturing, decking out the space with unique and custom pieces was no challenge.
A kitchenette complete with a well-stocked bar and flat screen TV has been personalized with Jack Daniel’s collectibles from Tennessee to create a relaxing atmosphere upon returning from a day on the water.
A flat-screen TV was thoughtfully incorporated into the design in the centre of his dark wood cabinetry by Sutcliffe Kitchens. The earth-toned granite and tumbled stone backsplash mimic the beautiful nature found along the Saugeen.
To the rear of the garage, what was initially planned to be a screened-in porch became a four-season room, finished with the same Estate stone as the exterior.
The upper level living area features ash flooring to complement the raw pine ceiling, which has been stained ever so slightly in a white wash. Large Armor windows (Van Dolder’s Custom Exteriors) surround the space, which houses a magnificent, Mennonite-built harvest table with ample space to entertain family and friends.