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December 21, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JASON HARTOG

Gather 'round this festive family home and its sweet décor.

OUR HOMES Region of Waterloo Holiday/Winter 2018/19A version of this article originally appeared in the Holiday/Winter 2018/19 issue of  OUR HOMES Region of Waterloo p.26. Find local businesses in our Waterloo directory.
When they found out they were expecting their fourth child, Heather and Jake Reimers said, “It’s a good thing we got the big house!” they recall with a laugh. The found out they were expecting shortly after moving into this 3,400 sq. ft. home in Waterloo, a significant upgrade from the 1,500 square feet they had been living in. The Eimers, plus their kids, now 16, 11, 7 and 3, have plenty of space to spread out in.
 
Building this home from the ground up and selecting all their finishes themselves was a project both she and Jake sank their teeth into. They've personalized décor and projects around the home, often undertaking a number of DIYs at once. Heather tends to lean towards rustic accessories, which means plenty of painted pieces she can easily do herself. 
 
They turned to Sarmazian Brothers Flooring for all their flooring needs, including the carpeting upstairs. 
 
Heather decks the halls to the nines for her family during the holidays and hosts a neighbourhood meet-and-greet with Santa himself.
 
Swaths of greenery, charming rustic signs and Christmas characters abound. A double-sided, indoor-outdoor fireplace is beautiful inside, particularly during the holidays, and adds cosiness to the back deck. 
 
“We love that the main living space from the kitchen to the living room is completely wide open,” says Jake. They can see their kids playing or doing homework while they’re working in the kitchen, and it’s also great for conversation. “I want this to be a comfortable home for our kids,” says Heather, “not just a place for them to put their stuff.” The family photos that line the walls around the house are a testament to how close their family is and it really personalizes the space. Heather calls the memories in the photos “the most important thing in the house.”
 
Regardless of the season, both Heather and Jake prioritize making their home a safe, fun, and loving space for their family.
 
“It’s nice to be able to look around and know you’ve done things with love,” says Heather. 

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