Gorgeously Contemporary Yet Sprawlingly Country


A modern masterpiece showcases a builder's versatility in the Niagara Region.

OUR HOMES Niagara Winter 2018/2019A version of this article originally appeared in the Winter 2018/2019 issue of  OUR HOMES The Niagara Region, p.24. Find local businesses in our Niagara directory

For years, Darren Hendriks, vice-president of custom homebuilder Homes by Hendriks Inc., lived in a 950 sq. ft., 1960s bungalow in Fonthill. It was fine as a starter home when he and his wife Amy married. But it was nothing like the stunning and spacious abodes Darren was building for others who tapped his family’s business to make their dream homes a reality.
In late 2017, Hhe and Amy and their two children, Alana, 2, and Kane, 1, stepped into a new 2,600 sq. ft., ultra-modern two-storey overlooking the Welland River in Fenwick.
“When we designed the home, I was obviously very excited to build it,” says Darren, the third generation to helm Homes by Hendriks, which is known for building and renovating more traditional houses.
The couple found two acres on Fenwick’s southernmost periphery. It was more land than they had initially been considering, but the location was ideal so they bought it. 
All that space changed their vision for a home. Their swath was wide, enabling architectural designer Santy Yeh of Designs by Santy to stretch the home’s footprint in proportion to the property. Rooms were positioned to take advantage of the views – river to the front, woodlot to the back. 
Glass gets top billing throughout much of the home, including as a feature wall in the living room, and stretching two storeys high in the foyer to showcase hockey-stick stairs by Amber Stairs & Railings Inc. inside, and big, country sky outside. Hunter Douglas shades installed by Dell Smart Home Solutions are set to a timer and controlled by smart phone.
The couple are big on entertaining at home so an open floor plan on the ground level was a must, along with an easy connection between the kitchen and back patio. The galley kitchen is equipped with Fisher and Paykel and Frigidaire stainless steel appliances from Nickerson Home Appliances.
A custom live-edge dining table made by Wade Daboll of W.L. Daboll Construction seats 10 and extends the eating and gathering space. The dining area merges into a comfortable family room decked out in wide-plank hardwood from Aristocrat Floors of the World in a mid-tone finish.
Aristocrat’s Rhoda Cipparone advised on flooring, paint colour and furniture to keep the interior as eye-catching as the exterior. She collaborated with Eileen Santoro of Design Concepts by Window Decor on ideas for artwork and lighting wired by Verhoef Electric Inc.
In the kithen, dark brown and white kitchen cabinets by Cromade Cabinetry stretch around the corner from the main kitchen area into a nook that provides extra storage and a functional coffee station.
In the living room, the windows look as though they were built around the chimney, which is done in steel grey Arriscraft shadow stone in from Burnstein Brick. The chimney is the backdrop to a gas fireplace from Stamford Fireplaces and matches the angled columns that run the perimeter of the home outside.