HOMES

Grand Tudor Ranch Built by a Dream Team

October 26, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MAX WEDGE

A talented team designs and builds a Windsor-area home for retirees.

OUR HOMES Windsor Fall 2018A version of this article originally appeared in the Fall 2018 issue of  OUR HOMES Windsor & Essex County, p.38. Find local businesses in our Windsor directory.

A Windsor-area couple that wanted to build a home they could expect to live in for the rest of their lives. Their goals included an open-concept plan that had all the amenities on one floor with a separate apartment in the lower level and easy-maintenance landscaping.
 
THE DESIGN
After interviewing three architectural designers, the couple commissioned Phil Fernandes of Philip Fernandes Custom Residential Design to create a design and draw up their plans.
 
Phil Fernandes of Philip Fernandes Custom Residential Design,
Steve Tiedeman of Tiedeman Construction,
Dave Cartier of APW Custom Home Theatres
and Dean Coghill of Coghill Construction & Woodworking.
“They wanted a grand ranch,” Phil says, pulling up his original hand-drawn concept on his phone. “And it’s very rewarding to come to a house when it’s done and see that the design has been followed so exactly that it looks like that first initial sketch. It makes me feel like I understood the client right away and that our communication worked well.” 
 
THE BUILDER
The next step was to hire a builder. Dean Coghill of Coghill Construction & Woodworking came highly recommended. “This house was a major undertaking,” says Dean. “And for a project of this magnitude we partnered with Tiedeman Construction. We combined forces to get the manpower together for a project of this size. This home is something we are totally proud of. Much of what went into this home can’t be purchased in a lumberyard. We had to custom build a lot of it." In the great room is heated by Forest Glade Fireplaces.
 
THE TECH
“A lot went into it,” agrees Dave Cartier of APW Custom Home Theatres. “Our job was to integrate everything, including every single light, accent light, fixture, rope lighting, the motorized shade controls (which are programmed to automatically rise and lower as the sun makes its way over the home), as well as the audio/video systems.”
 
THE LANDSCAPE
Because the homeowners enjoy gardening, they wanted, whenever possible, to take care of the grounds themselves. They enlisted Henry Kroeker of H. Kroeker Lawn Care & Landscaping to design a garden that would be both beautiful and easy-care. “We were very happy with how the landscaping turned out,” they say. “From initial design to final plantings and grooming, Henry and his crew worked extremely hard. We really appreciated their diligence, their work ethic and their willingness to accommodate our wishes.”

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