A brand new home is the chance to wipe the slate clean, get your ideal layout and install state-of-the-art features. And yet, new homes often lack the character and charm of older homes.
Not so for the custom Burlington home of Fredene Plouffe and Art Joyce. Just steps from the water, the it combines leading-edge design with timeless touches for a transitional feel. It helps that Art is a custom home builder and the owner of Braebrook Homes, a company that prides itself on detail and craftsmanship. True to his specialty, Art outfitted the home with everything custom, from the antique wood floors to the sliding barn doors and even the stair posts, which he designed with Fredene.
On the exterior, a dark walnut front door lends a contemporary feel to the facade, while old-world stone takes the home back through the ages. The backyard includes a wood-burning fireplace, pool and cabana, with its own mini kitchen and bathroom. “One of the things Fredene loved about this lot was an 80-year-old Japanese maple in the backyard,” recalls Art. “I had to build this house and the pool around it.”
Inside, Art chose antique woods – sourced from old barns and reconditioned – to anchor the home’s look, from the chestnut hardwood floors to the staircases made from antique wormy elm. Windows and doors are also wood. The modern open-concept living/dining room layout includes a coffered ceiling that incorporates a classical, traditional feel, while the monolith gas fireplace with polished natural stone surround bridges the gap to modern for an overall contemporary look.
The kitchen combines new and old, with a traditional shaker-style design for the upper cabinets, and a modern, streamlined laminate grey wood grain finish on the bottom, all from Downsview Kitchens, as well as Caesarstone for the counters from Stone Edge Marble and Granite Inc.
All Benjamin Moore colours and paint were used throughout the home and sourced from Neo1 Paint and Decor. Upstairs, the master bedroom features a seating area and french doors that lead to a Juliet balcony overlooking the backyard. Bedrooms are spacious in the 3,673 sq. ft., two-storey home, and each bedroom includes an en suite. A laundry room was fit into the upper level as well.
In the master bath, the sleek Canadian-made, heated BainUltra tub promises relaxation in the couple’s bathroom retreat, while the porcelain tiled steam shower has plenty of allure of its own. “It’s outfitted with a rain head in the middle, and shower heads and body blasters on either side, as well as seating,” shares Art.