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Swedish-Canadian Family's Minimalist Meadow Home

February 20, 2019 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SANDY MACKAY

A modern Scandi-style masterpiece at the end of a country lane.

OUR HOMES Grey & Bruce Counties Holiday/Winter 2018/19
A version of this article originally appeared in the Holiday/Winter 2018/19 issue of  OUR HOMES Grey & Bruce Counties, p.34. Find local businesses in our Grey Bruce directory.
The lifelong vision of a property with a tree-lined drive has came to life for this Swedish-Canadian family in Grey County.
 
Their inevitably Scandinavian-inspired abode was built by Dan and Jen Johnson of Valley Home Improvements. The family was fully immersed in the design/build planning and say the process was seamless from start to finish, based on their solid relationship with the Vally Home Improvements team.
 
The couple would bring dinner and folding chairs to their vacant property and visualize the home's plans laying stones and cedar rails on the ground.
 
Mother Nature proved to be the most challenging aspect of the project. High winds prevail on the hilltop and when cladding the roof and exterior of the home with sheets of modern, black-ribbed steel (Havelock Metal Co.), the install had to be strategically scheduled on days the wind was less insistent. 
 
When cosied up by the woodstove (Chantico Fireplace Gallery) in the great room, triple pane windows (Van Dolder’s Custom Exteriors) and good insulation keep the elements out when the wind is raging. Radiant heat keeps the concrete floors always warm in the colder months (Sandy Hamilton Plumbing & Heating Inc.). Some building materials via Centre Grey Building Supplies.
 
They considered the long term, and so designed doors and hallways to be wider than standard. Polished concrete floors (Extreme Linings and Coatings) throughout the main level continue into the en suite where they slope slightly to the shower drain for a seamless integration and eliminate the need for a threshold, which is a common barrier to accessibility.
 
Their minimalist aesthetic is simple and calming, synonymous with Scandinavian living. White walls are painted Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore). Quality materials and superior craftsmanship are evident throughout the home. There’s at least one custom handcrafted project done by the owners themselves in each room. The owners have also collected quality pieces, like the one-of-a-kind spindle-back chair by esteemed and award-winning Canadian craftsman and furniture designer Jonathan Otter of Nova Scotia, and an authentic Eames rocking chairs from Herman Miller.

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