Nestled Naturally into the Grimsby Escarpment


Getting to know their first home was the key to renovation success for these homeowners.

OUR HOMES Niagara Spring 2019A version of this article originally appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of  OUR HOMES The Niagara Region, p.42. Find local businesses in our Niagara directory

Nestled into the Grimsby escarpment, this home projects a ranch vibe with its brick and timber exterior, natural stone steps and exposed porch truss.
After a recent renovation, the interior is breathtaking, reflecting the family's love of nature and entertaining. The renovation started as a kitchen makeover and small sunroom addition, but evolved into something more significant. It took more than a year of construction and included extending the living area, opening up walls and roof lines, redoing floors throughout the main and lower levels and a full kitchen and bathroom renovation. Karen Shearim from Barnard & Speziale steered the interior design.
Upon entering the home, a sunken round living room reveals itself. Vaulted ceilings and the original stone fireplace draw you into where you can view both the wooded escarpment behind and Lake Ontario in front. The side of the house was extended here and now flows effortlessly into the open-plan kitchen, dining, family room and outdoor entertaining area.
The home has been transformed into the ultimate entertainment space with designs by ACK Architects that were brought to life by builder Fred Hendriks from Pride Homes.
Connection with the outdoors was high on the family’s priority list. This has been achieved to stunning effect through the sunroom extension. It features a custom industrial black anodized aluminum curtain wall with tempered glass and open flat doors. Cement tiles from Aristocrat Floors of the World run the length of the sunroom and continue in a herringbone layout to the outdoor patio. The large timber beams by W.L. Daboll are an ideal architectural element for the casual contemporary nature of the space. Along with the interior sunroom walls, they echo the trunks of the trees beyond. Black metal-bounded glass frames the view of the escarpment and landscaping.
Guests can easily gather in the open-concept dining spaces, two living areas with new fireplaces, the outdoor patio area, or kick back with a game of pool, the table by Family Recreation Store, in the sunroom.
Karen Shearim created a cohesive interior with the homeowners’ choice of traditional elements and a selection of more modern yet timeless features. The walls throughout the spaces have been painted in Pashmina by Benjamin Moore to pair with the Sea Pearl kitchen cabinets, fitted by Enns Cabinetry. The marble island and kitchen backsplash are paired with Caesarstone bench tops.