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There's No Place Like Home with a New Home

March 19, 2019 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY RACHEL ST. LOUIS

This new Thornbury home has deep roots.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Ski Season 2019 issue of  OUR HOMES Southern Georgian Bay, p.140. Find local businesses in our Southern Georgian Bay directory.
For decades, Brian and Susan Marshall spent nearly every winter weekend and much of each summer at their Thornbury-area property. But, faced with a multitude of repairs to the home and craving a layout that better suited their needs, they looked to purchase a differnt property.
 
But seeing the available options on the market, they realized how much the loved their existing location with its wide, sweeping views of the bay and surrounding countryside, along with its proximity to skiing, sailing and amenities. It was merely the structure they needed to change.
 
The Marshalls ultimately chose to demolish the aging house and searched for a local general contractor with a stellar reputation. Based on the recommendation of a trusted friend, the Marshalls contacted Harold Robison of Bob Armstrong Construction. Harold proved to be exactly what they needed: honest, knowledgeable and experienced in projects with long-distance clients. “Any hiccup that occurred along the way was easily remedied by Harold,” says Brian,
“Our relationship with him was so important. He really ensured the housebuilding process was an easy one.”
 
 
The Marshall family’s completed vacation home is bright, open and welcoming – showcasing their never-ending views and providing charming spaces for the family to relax and play.
 
Corinthian Kitchen & Bath Studio designed the open-concept, dine-in kitchen, with its flat-panel, transitional-style cabinets (painted in Benjamin Moore’s Wickham Gray) and Caesarstone quartz countertop. The large, centrally located island ensures ample space for meal preparation as well as ease of conversation with those in the dining and living rooms.
 
A focal point in the open space is the large dry-stack stone fireplace, designed and installed by Steve’s Masonry to surround the original wood-burning insert, installed by Chantico Fireplace Gallery. Adjacent to the main living space, with hardwood installed by The Flooring Place Inc., is a large, sunny deck, providing the perfect location for sunset dinners overlooking the swimming pool and bay.
 
Just off the deck is the main-floor master bedroom, with its large, wall-spanning windows and patio door. Upstairs, three bedrooms and an additional washroom are well-appointed for visiting family and friends. Bedding in both bedrooms was sourced at Clerkson’s Home Store.

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