Fergus couple Leslie and Gord longed to have a home that had a cottage feel, without the commute. When a 50s bungalow on a large lot lined with mature trees in Fergus came to their attention, Leslie imagined the home decorated in cottage style, and the large backyard a beautiful woodland retreat. The transformation to “The Hottage” began.
They hired Paul Kraemer of Kraemer Quality Construction to oversee the renovations, which included the kitchen, bathrooms, flooring, mudroom, windows, new stair railing, basement, exterior siding and decks.
Leslie designed the kitchen layout with a stove alcove, plate rack, double wooden knobs and cabinet base design. Auke Bijlsma of Wellington Millwork installed standard, stock-size cabinets, milled and trimmed to look custom made. Leslie chose a neutral colour scheme that she uses as a backdrop for seasonal decorating. Every room in the house has been carefully curated. For summer Leslie chose a fresh navy and white palette that carries from room to room.
The master bedroom carries the navy and white theme and a retro chenille bedspread evokes the cottage feel. The master bath boasts a new walk-in glass shower and a claw-foot tub. Tile for the shower surround and floor is from Ceramic Decor.
Leslie’s vision for the outdoor space was drawn on a napkin. Leslie imagined a small barn that she could put a harvest table in and entertain in all seasons. Stone-lined walkways lead to a garden bench. A greenhouse doubles as a potting shed. Many of the plants and shrubs were purchased at Little Tree Garden Market and fresh flowers from WR Designs. Gord built raised beds for herbs and vegetables.
A stone fire pit, flagstone patio and large decks complete this woodland retreat, along with a hot tub where Gord and Leslie relax, gaze at the stars, and survey the beauty from their “Hottage” in town.