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"No Beige and No Brown" in this Custom Home in Tiny Township

August 09, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SANDY MACKAY

Builder delivers a black-and-white beauty with a stunning backyard in North Simcoe County.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of  OUR HOMES Barrie Orillia Midland Innisfil, p.52. Find local businesses in our Barrie directory. 
 

Both Brenda Bazinet and her custom home builder Joel Laurin of JVL Home Improvements Ltd. laugh when they agree that the "no beige and no brown" colour request from Brenda was definitely a challenge. From the exterior brick to the flooring, Joel worked with Brenda to incorporate black and white elements in the home's design instead. 
 
Outside, the property is comprised of seven acres of mostly forest, abuting on a popular multi-use trail. Eric Desroches of Georgian Landscape designed the backyard pool area, complete with a pool waterfall and stone decking. Low-maintenance plantings, a wood-burning fire pit and several seating areas beckon visitors to relax and enjoy the quiet forest scenery. The area is perfect for both summer boating and winter snowmobiling, plus it has easy access to Barrie and the family cottage in Muskoka.
 
Inside, the living space in the Bazinet home is 6,000 square feet, including the finished basement, which has luxurious heated floors, high ceilings and big windows. Brenda selected for a burned oak floor from Majestic North Floors Inc. with distinct rivers of black grain.
 
Joel had been recommended to Bazinet’s family by Mike Desroches of Perkinsfield Kitchen & Bath Inc., who produced the home's kitchen and cabinetry, including an incredible walk-in closet in the master bedroom suite. The kitchen cupboards are white with black trim and white ceilings. Black appliances provide a bold contrast.
 
The stovetop backsplash was chosen by Natalie Hutton of Natalie Hutton Designs to provide a whimsical focal point for the black and white theme. The owner worked with Natalie to choose lighting, bathroom fixtures and tiles plus accessories for the home. 
 
The master bedroom is a sanctuary with heated floors in the en suite and a walk-in closet. A double-sided fireplace in the bedroom and en suite adds cosiness. From a no-beiges-and-browns directive to a stunning black and white masterpiece, Brenda is very happy that her new home reflects her design dreams.

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