Ultramodern-Rustic Estate Gets Accents in Black and Oak


Expert craftsmanship and fine materials go into custom home in Midhurst.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of  OUR HOMES Barrie Orillia Midland Innisfil, p.74. Find local businesses in our Barrie directory. 

Stunning, if surprising, results are possible when years of expertise, craftsmanship and the world's finest materials are included in the creation of a true custom home. 
That’s the take-away inspiration Chris Nitsopoulos, co-owner of Dreamwood Homes, wants his clients to ponder after visiting his new 3,200 sq. ft. rustic modern residence in Midhurst’s estate development The Ravines of Matheson Creek.
In designing his own new home with wife Mitsy, their goal was to combine beauty and function in a new way. The departure from a more traditional approach is evident from the road. The three-bay garage is fronted with frosted glass in an aluminum frame. The contemporary style is matched in the solid wood custom-built entrance by The Doorland Group that required specialized hardware to stabilize its enormous proportions. Brampton Brick and Tarpin Lumber & Truss completed the facade. Outside, the 1.4-acre forest setting was sculpted by CC Landscaping with hardscapes, softscapes and tree planting.
During the year-long build, Chris recalls seeing raised eyebrows when he shared kitchen plans that included ultramodern black cabinetry (from Innovative Wood Worx) and unique 36-by-36-inch travertine tiles from Barrie Flooring Design Centre. After presenting the finished product, their innovative approach received rave reviews. “I think when you pick different things, people are hesitant,” he considers. “But the result shows what we can do.”
He says the key to success is the time and care put into each detail. “Every trade rose to the challenge,” praises Chris, who points out the skill required to line up the oak wood grain across the kitchen accent walls. “All the boards come from the same tree.” Similarly, the black granite island features a single slab with grain that flows uninterrupted over the eight-inch waterfall apron. 
Above the island, a duo of blown-glass pendant lights gives the room’s straight lines a curvy counterpoint. Measuring three-feet tall with inch-thick glass, the massive fixtures hang by aircraft cable from the 17-foot peak of the vaulted ceiling. “They come from the Czech Republic,” Mitsy recalls. “We had to wait four months for a matching pair. For every 100 they blow, only one makes it to market.”
As a land developer, Chris had his choice of properties, and helps his clients find their perfect location as well. It could be on one of the few remaining lots in The Ravines subdivision or on a Dreamwood Homes Lovers Harbour estate, which offers marine docking amenities. Or it could be somewhere completely different. With Zarcone – who has a passion for all things construction – and the rest of the Dreamwood team, Chris has completed custom homes and renovations from Oakville to Uxbridge and up into Muskoka. But the Midhurst home and showpiece he and Mitsy built together will remain his favourite for a long time to come.