Reader’s parents’ home

Posted on Tue, 14 Dec 2010 by KiM

Here is an email we received from Sue: “I’m writing because I wanted to show you a home created by two of the most creative, eclectic, quirky and capable people I’ve ever met- my Mom and Dad. They have recently finished their fantastic house near Bancroft, Ontario; a house they designed, built and decorated almost all by themselves. And what’s the first thing they did when it was finished? Put it up for sale, of course. There are more home design projects ahead! This is the link for the webpage they created for potential buyers.” This is pretty much my dream home. SERIOUSLY. It is absolutely gorgeous. The spaciousness, the cabin feel to it, tons of WATERFRONT land, the large plank pine floors, a bunkie (!!!)….I could on and on. Instead, I’ll show you a whole bunch of photos of it so you can see what I mean.

*the foyer features an antique tin ceiling*

*The lower level is built around a sunken living room with a long bench seat in the window for reading and afternoon siestas. A wood stove is the warm heart of the house; a stone floor provides rustic character. The space is open to the studio level above.*

*The cabinets in the custom kitchen are recycled antique chests-of-drawers, buffets and display cases, refinished and integrated into counters and an island with butcher-block tops.*

*And then there’s the screen room: 350 square feet of comfort in the trees, with an open-frame ceiling that soars to 20 feet.*

*The completely open studio level upstairs contains four dormer nooks for creative space or sleeping guests, plus a long studio/gallery with railings overlooking the main level. At the far end, floor to ceiling bookshelves rise up 10 feet over an antique gas fireplace insert and mantle. Rolling bookshelves along the sides provide access to generous under-eave storage.*

*A guest bunkie just below the house features a spacious sleeping loft and a whimsical main level. A separate deck overlooks the lake.*


Christi says:

This house is fantastic! I wish my parents were more adventurous.

Oh. My. God. My heart is doing cartwheels over this house! It is the most amazing, gorgeous, clever and articulate home I have ever seen. Incredibly charming.

They are leaving?! I understand wanting to start again, I really really do…but aren't they going to miss this place dearly? I don't think I could do it.

Sigh. Thank you so much for sharing. Your parents rock.

Hope says:

What all of you have missed is the beautiful apartment that Harold & Dianne transformed in the historic Great Hall in Toronto or the loft in an old warehouse or the yurt (look that one up) on the property next to this house….all of them spectacular!
Harold & Dianne are my friends and I was fortunate to see the first drawings, the hole in the ground and all of the amazingly hard work that it took to build this house. What makes it another of their incredible homes, and everyone who has commented can feel it, is the love and creativity that they put into it. I can't wait to see what comes next.

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lea says:

When they sell the house are they leaving all the fantastic furniture and accessories? It all fits together so perfectly it would be a shame to separate them.

The Craft says:

Amazing- i'm loving the little guest house!

The Craft

gosha says:

huge inspiration

Jane says:

WOW! What a beautiful home! Love the decor and the design. Both are original and unique.


THIS HOME IS INCREDIBLE!!! What a wonderful house tour, thank you for sharing!

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