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summer, as we bundle up to keep the reality of a breezy chill at bay. Most
likely, it’s all the yard work that needs to be done.
Whatever it is, I look out my window at leaves falling and find myself
heaving endless sighs – more so as I get older. Both my children were
born in fall, so for me, I suppose this season marks the anniversary of
the awakening that one has when they look into their baby’s eyes for the
first time.
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night in their “big girl beds,” bathtubs filled more with toys than water
and bright pink potty seats sitting atop the toilet bowls. Every year, I feel
like we lose a bit of the chaos of having young children; our home becomes
more organized and looks like how we intended it to look. But somehow,
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furniture, but the memories that
fill it are eternal. For me, there’s no
better time to reflect on those than
the fall.
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time to flip through this magazine and perhaps find some inspiration for
your own home and its re-birth. Both of the homes we feature this issue
(page 26 and page 38) were created because of families that were growing
and changing.
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times or special people. Maybe it will just cause you to pause and reflect
on your own space and what it means to you.
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EDITOR’S NOTE
STYLE PICKS
Fall For This Season’s Stylish Accents
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COMFORT ZONE
Sitting Pretty At Autumn Hill Upholstery Co.
PEOPLE
Having Fun At Hallmark Billiards
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FINISHING TOUCH
Stuffed Peppers
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ON THE
DESIGN IDEAS
Décor For The 30-Second Commute
Lorne Park Luxury
Story, page 26.
Photography by
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HOME & BUILDER
A Family Affair
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FEATURE HOME
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Hardwood throughout, sunroom with a W/O to
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throughout, marble flooring in foyer. Newer
kit with granite & maple cabinets, 4 bdrms, 4
baths, finished basement, 2 tier deck, backs
onto a park.
Hardwood flooring, gourmet kitchen with
granite counters, all bdrms with en-suites.
In-ground salt water pool, crown moulding,
separate den and family rooms, professionally
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$1,440,900
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newer baths, open archways, architecturally
enhanced exterior. Hardwood flooring, newer
windows, California shutters, salt water pool,
prof landscaped & more.
Hardwood flooring, stunning kitchen with a
pantry, library & family rooms. Floor to ceiling
fireplace, gorgeous landscaped lot boasting
an in ground pool & hot tub.
Hardwood & limestone flooring, crown
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FULLY RENOVATED BUNGALOW
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ncommon as it may seem, Fall is the
best time to start laying the groundwork for
your dream backyard. Wait ‘til Spring to hire
a landscape designer and you’ll find most
already knee-deep in the construction phase
(pre-planned in fall and winter), prices go up
in response to demand and you’ll now have to
wait it out a year to enjoy your new backyard
paradise. Before you rush out and hire a
company this fall however, a few things to
keep in mind …
Hire a Professional
Letters behind the name on a business card
mean something … check for them when
a prospect hands you their card. They equal
education and formal training.
How does Uncommon Ground measure
up: Company principal, Gary Van Eijk, is a
graduate of Landscape Architecture from
Ryerson. Following graduation, Gary spent
time in Italy studying classical design. Every
member of the Uncommon Ground Design
Group has professional training. The company
is a member of Landscape Ontario and the
Ontario Association of Landscape Architects.
Experience Counts!
On average, people spend from 5% to
20% of their home’s value on landscape
architecture. Before committing to a company
it’s important to investigate reputation.
Once implemented, bad design and shoddy
construction are difficult (and very expensive,
if not impossible!) to fix.
How does Uncommon Ground measure
up: Gary has been in the industry almost
fifteen years accruing an outstanding
portfolio of happy clients across the GTA
and surrounding areas as far north as
The Kawarthas. Uncommon Ground has a
“concentric circle” of trusted contractors,
trades people and suppliers.
The Process should be Comfortable,
Creative, Exciting, but with a Heavy
Dose of Practicality!
When interviewing a landscape designer
(and interview more than one!) ask yourself:
Am I comfortable with this person? Does this
person listen? Does the company’s design
style resonate with me? If your dream is to
recreate an English estate garden, a designer
specializing in Zen gardens may not be your
cup of tea. And it’s not enough just to listen.
The company must be equipped to handle the
nitty gritty, particularly when the job involves
creating outdoor structures and walkways.
Make sure the company has more than a
passing familiarity with municipal bylaws
(which change regularly), building codes, the
permit process, etc. And then there are the
hard design questions: drainage correction,
appropriate materials. Ask for references.
Always!
How does Uncommon Ground measure
up: Despite the play on words in our company
name, there is nothing more important to
us than establishing common ground with a
client. Our mandate is to balance creativity
with practicality. We envision your yard in
every season. We take into account your
lifestyle: kids, pets, entertaining needs, future
wish list and we work with the schematic of a
ten-year plan, prioritizing elements to fit your
current budget while planning for the future.
That outdoor kitchen you want may not be
in the budget now, but … we’ll include it in
the plan for a few years from now! We can
substitute materials to meet your budget
without taking away from the quality, look
and feel of your outdoor paradise.
We also offer a variety of references to reflect
our wide body of work. We take prospective
clients to see the work we’ve done and not
just recently. We visit jobs we completed
five, even ten years ago. Fast forward ten
years and a good design should look
even better, painted as it is with the
softening effects of time. Before and
after pictures … every professional
keeps records … ask to see them.
Uncommon Ground has lots!
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“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolour, summer an oil painting
and autumn a mosaïc of them all.” – Stanley Horowitz
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As you transition from barbecue to Thanksgiving turkey, think about a few easy
changes you can make that will bring your home into this season. Put away the
patio furniture, get out the fine china; indoor entertaining season is here again!
WATTS CURRENT
(1) Biplane Fighter Pendant Light
Take this light for a test flight! It’s the perfect novelty fixture for any plane
buff’s space, be it a den, nursery or bedroom. Constructed of satin glass
and walnut, this adds a classic touch and a unique focal point to a room.
Other fixtures, such as a race car or rocketship, are also available.
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(2) HDTV Stand
This solid maple HDTV unit is elegant and traditional, but the best part is it
doesn’t have to be. It can be customized to your specification. Choose your
colour, size and hardware. This quality piece also has full extension drawers
that are English dovetailed, front and back.
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905.820.4111
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(3) Perry Nelson Stone Sculptures
Bring a little bit of the summer into your home this fall. These beautiful solid stone sculptures
by Ontario artist Perry Nelson are a great way to give a rustic touch to your home.
110 Lakeshore Rd. W.
905. 274.3400
www.arttrax.ca
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ELEGANT SOFA
(4) Bilture Leisure Chair
Who says you can’t wear white after Labour
Day? This modern chair will brighten up your
home. Constructed of chrome and high quality
PVC, it is available in white or black, or even
custom leather finishes.
1248 Dundas St. E., Units 8 and 9
905.272.0288
www.elegantsofa.com
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(5) Tempest Torch
Light those early fall sunsets with this gas torch. The design causes the flames to
dance within the tempered glass walls. Constructed of durable stainless steel, and
with a sleek design, the possibilities are endless. Use it to light walkways, doors,
patios or pool areas. Also available in a table-top version.
2575 Dundas St. W.
905.828.8880
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Change the look of your kitchen or bathroom.
This transitional style grouping offers a great
balance between light and dark. Accent the
solid maple cabinetry with sleek hardware,
elegant granite surfaces and natural stone
subway tile.
80 Lakeshore Rd. E.
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Marc knew this was his calling. “Even as a child I knew I would do
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Bimal and Anne spent several years looking for the perfect plot of
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lot is more than 200 feet wide, just what the couple needed to build their
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“We just loved the trees,” Anne recalls. “ There was so much
nature around.”
Architect David W. Small worked with the couple to create a palatial
French Country home that perfectly complemented the wide lot. The
home’s facade features a stunning combination of details, including copper
eaves troughs and accent roofs by Mile Roofing and Renovations Inc.,
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The curb appeal continues right up to the home’s magnificent
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The hallway’s creamy Turkish limestone floor tiles with intricate
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A curved staircase with ornate wrought-iron railings by Ideal Railings
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overhead, the ceiling is framed with reclaimed wood beams that perfectly
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The great room, located at the front of
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INSET: From Left to Right Anne, Bimal,
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As in most true family homes, the kitchen is the heart of the action for
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is even an elevator close at hand to help transport a steady stream of party
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“Every weekend the kids are down here with all their friends and our
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powerful sound system with built-in speakers. Continued on page 32
TOP LEFT: The lower-level bar and dance floor is
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The exterior of Robert and Nathalie’s home is built with solid
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There was nothing wrong with Robert’s
1950s Lorne Park home. As he put it, “I just
wanted something different for me and
my wife as we got older.”
Robert and his wife Nathalie are far from old – and nothing showcases
that more than talking to Robert about his new custom home. His youthful
vibrancy shows through as he talks about the details.
Robert knew, however, that if he was going to spare the expense, energy
and time to build a custom home, he’d better make it so he could stay there
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“We wanted everything on one floor. That way, we wouldn’t have to
worry about stairs when the knees start to give out,” he says with a laugh.
What resulted is a luxurious, but practical 3,000 sq. ft. custom
bungalow on the sprawling mature, perfectly landscaped lot that hosted
the original home, and a captivating story about a man who just about
did it all himself.
“We found everything for this house, and everyone who worked on it,”
declares Robert. “I was pretty much the foreman.”
Robert was inspired a few years ago as his children entered adulthood.
He had an idea in his head, so he simply sat down with a piece of paper and
sketched it out. He liked it so much that he handed it over to a professional
drafter, who helped to draw up the official plans.
With his blueprints in hand, Robert faced a hurdle. He needed to
submit his plans to the city for approval, and he knew that it likely meant
demolishing his existing home before they would allow construction
to begin.
“We really wanted to live in the existing home, while building the
new one,” Robert recalls. “With a few tweaks to the plan, which involved
moving the new home a few feet, the city allowed me to build on the lot
without tearing down the original structure.”
What did need to be taken down were several mature maple and oak
trees in the yard. Robert didn’t want them to go to waste, so he devised a
unique and eco-conscious plan to use the wood throughout the home.
Sure enough, as you make your way into the grand entrance of the
new home, one of the most eye-catching details is the rustic hardwood
floor. An intricate grain and warmth indicates that this isn’t your
everyday hardwood.
“Someone cut and processed the wood right here on the property. After
drying it for a year in my garage, I then sent it out to be further dried and
crafted,” says Robert. “The result is the maple and oak floors that you are
standing on. Almost all the finished wood in the house came from the
land surrounding it.”
The spectacular floors, accented with wool and silk Persian rugs, lead
into the large country kitchen with a contemporary flair. Solid wood
cabinetry surrounds the space, also created from wood on the property.
Because Robert wasn’t dealing with just any wood, he wanted to ensure
that the job was done right, so he hired a nearby Mennonite craftsman at
Heirlooms Cabinetry to do the woodwork in much of the home.
“There are unique dark streaks through the wood grain,” Robert points
out on a cabinet door. “It turns out that the sap was running when we cut the
wood, and that’s what created the unique color and pattern.” Continued on page 42
TOP: The entrance hallway has skylights to allow
natural light into all corners of the open-concept space.
BOTTOM LEFT: The eat-in kitchen has the perfect spot
for a breakfast nook; a special place to enjoy a cup of
coffee and enjoy the view of the mature lot.
BOTTOM RIGHT: Sap was running when the wood used
in the cabinets was cut, creating unique streaks
of colour.
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“Blue Eyes” granite counters from Labrador add flecks of dramatic
royal blue to the space. Huge picture windows from Pella Windows
showcase the landscaped yard with solid cedar pergola and abundant
homegrown vegetables ready for picking.
Even though the home is a bungalow, the high ceilings suggest
otherwise, making the exterior look like a two-storey. Robert chose
low-voltage pot lights to illuminate the home, with a few strategically
placed elegant fixtures. Fourteen-foot ceilings are enhanced with real
plaster mouldings and medallions with detailed designs within, all by
Royal Plaster-Ornament.
“There’s nothing fake in this house,” Robert laughs. “You won’t see
any MDF in here!”
Except for the bedrooms and a quiet library for reading, the home is
very open, making it appear much larger than it is. The dining room, living
room, kitchen and family room with solid stone handcrafted fireplace are
all open to each other, making the space perfect for an intimate gathering
or a large cocktail party.
The three bedrooms are large, but the master bedroom is particularly
spacious with a walk-out Juliet balcony, grand en suite bathroom and walk-in
closet. The walls of the bathroom are lined with Spanish porcelain tile, and the
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mirrors are inset, creating a clean minimalist look.
TOP: Robert had the solid stone hand-crafted
fireplace custom built for the family room.
RIGHT: A quiet library with 10-foot-high
windows is located off the foyer. Robert wanted
the space specifically for reading, exactly why
you won’t find a desk and computer there.
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“These fixtures really caught my eye because they don’t retain water
spots,” Robert jokes, as he showcases the shiny chrome faucets and
matching towel rods. “The bathroom always looks clean!”
A solid oak staircase and railings, crafted by another Mennonite
carpenter with wood from the property, leads down to the huge finished
basement containing almost 1,000 sq. ft. of additional hideaway storage.
Robert had a fireplace built using extra bricks from the exterior – again
wanting to eliminate waste.
Robert pokes his head into a room and says, “Come and look at this –
my favourite part of the house.”
Through the door is a steam bath – a private retreat for him and his
wife to relax and talk after a long day.
Once the home was completed and move-in ready, it was time to
demolish the original.
“It was an emotional day, especially for my kids who had grown up
there,” he says with a sigh.
But he was more than satisfied with his new home, knowing that every
detail was done with care and quality.
“People look at me strangely when I tell them that I would do this
again in a heartbeat,” Robert smiles. “I loved the process, and who knows?
Maybe I will find the opportunity to build again someday.” OH
LEFT: The master en suite is lined with porcelain
tile. Inset mirrors and chrome fixtures give a
clean finish.
BELOW: The master bedroom has a walk-out
through solid oak french doors to a juliet balcony
with a spectacular view of the backyard.
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2 tbsp vegetable oil
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1 rib celery, finely diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
I always find fall to be the most inspiring season for cooking. The country is literally
bursting at the seams with fresh produce of all shapes, sizes and varieties. The weather
is still kind enough to get outside and use the grill. And the harsh reality of winter
continues to be a far-off prospect. With all this in mind, I’ve given a nod to our (kind
of) neighbours of the American southwest. The tangy vibrant flavours of that region
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1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp chili powder
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¾ tsp salt
•
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¾ cup basmati rice
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 ½ cups crumbled feta cheese
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¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
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Grill corn over medium heat, turning often, until tender, about 10 minutes. Let cool.
Cut kernels from cob and set aside.
Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat. Saute onions, celery and jalapeno until
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Cut tops from peppers and remove core and seeds. Stuff each pepper generously with
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