SUMMER 2012 3 ABSOLUTELY CANADIAN LAKESIDE HOMES MUSKOKA CHIC perfect family GETAWAY HOMEMADE ICE CREAM BEST SEAT ON THE lake www.ourhomesmagazine.com/muskoka plus SUMMER’S STYLE PICKS feature chic MUSKOKA B B Y D A L E P E A C O C K / / P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y S A N D Y M A C K AY Blayne and Jennifer Hutchins’ custom-built With its cathedral ceiling, tall pine timbers and comfy furniture, the living room of the Hutchins’ home is a warm, welcoming space. RIGHT: A wooden church pew with a sundried finish is a convenient seat for donning or doffing boots and shoes in the slate-floored foyer. FAR RIGHT: Tech Air Systems tapped Fairy Lake for the home’s geothermal heating system. 30 o u r h o m e s s u m m e r 2 0 1 2 6,500 sq. ft. home is perched like a welcoming beacon on 350 feet of Fairy Lake shoreline at the end of a long country lane. “This is a big house but we needed both a home and cottage for our large family and as a model for our business,” Jennifer says. Their business, Attainable Solutions Inc., is a Tarion-registered builder offering design builds for custom construction projects from planning to completion. Blayne built their house and did most of the work with his crew. The Hutchins’ home has three exceptional features that bring value and fine aesthetics to any home – an impressive entryway and great room and a low lakeside elevation. The magnificent soaring timber frame work in the living room, decks and entranceway is grand but has a natural, organic sensibility. It is a tribute to the fine workmanship of Timmerman Timberworks Inc. of Minesing. The house sits on the site in such a way that “we don’t have to chase the sun” says Jennifer. “It’s always bright, even on a dreary day, and the sunsets are breathtaking.” Attainable’s origin as a landscape company shows in the perfect balance between building and landscape architecture and the natural habitat. The exterior of the house is pre-stained charcoal board and batten with cedar shake highlights and accents of limestone four feet from the ground. Blayne’s favourite building element is the complicated roof line. It adds visual interest and is something of a design signature for his company. Continued on page 32 o u r h o m e s s u m m e r 2 0 1 2 31 feature CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: (1) A ceramic tree mosaic is the backdrop for a six-burner gas stove and electric ovens, flanked by antiqued cabinetry. (2) Seedy glass doors front the built-in dining room hutch. (3) Blayne and Jennifer with children Jordan, 10, Jake, 2, Jaxson, 5, and Georgia, 8. (4) The ground-floor powder room has a granite countertop with a smoked glass vessel sink. (5) The three-season Muskoka room promises cooling breezes and sunset views. (6) A farmer’s sink with oiled bronze fixtures fits snugly into the granite counter top. Jennifer loves the kitchen, with its clean lines and cream-coloured custom cabinetry with oil-rubbed bronze hardware. The multi-toned granite countertop provides a meeting place between light and dark. Joseph Giorgio was their sales associate at Caplan’s Appliances in Toronto. “He was knowledgeable, helpful and kind,” remembers Jennifer. “He asked about how our family lives and then tailored his suggestions accordingly. When he realized that we were going to hide some appliances behind custom doors he recommended a KitchenAid fridge over a pricier Sub-Zero model.” A double-layer chocolate cake sitting on the granite counter attests to the frequent use the Dacor double-oven range gets each and every day. Continued on page 34 32 o u r h o m e s s u m m e r 2 0 1 2 o u r h o m e s s u m m e r 2 0 1 2 33 feature A gas fireplace, surrounded by stone and a wooden hearth, helps make the great room ruggedly comfortable. OPPOSITE TOP: An elegant dining area bridges the kitchen and living room. OPPOSITE BOTTOM: The distinctive roof line is an Attainable Solutions Inc. signature feature. Aquatech installed the outdoor lighting. Jennifer enlisted the help of Urban Rustic Living’s Tary Roossien in the interior design, “because she has an eye for design that I don’t have.” Tary smilingly disagrees, “Jen has a great sense of style and she knows what she wants. The house had great bones when I arrived. I just helped with some finishing touches.” Part of the design cohesion derives from the wide-plank pine flooring and the unified colour scheme in the main living spaces. Featherdown is a soft understated shade by Benjamin Moore from Wilson’s The Paint Store in Huntsville. Jennifer chuckles, “Our last house had at least 25 different colours and shades and I swore that in this house one colour would be predominant.” Tary calls the overall esthetic, Muskoka chic, saying “It’s not rustic but it has the feel of country that combines practicality, comfort and style. Continued on page 36 34 o u r h o m e s s u m m e r 2 0 1 2 o u r h o m e s s u m m e r 2 0 1 2 35 feature We used corduroy slipcovers on the living room sofa that can be switched out in the summer to something lighter. Custom pillows add a nice shot of colour in all of the rooms and they make for an easy change.” The home is also school for the Hutchins’ four children, Jordan, Georgia, Jaxson and Jake. The decision to home school followed the loss of baby Darcy six years ago and the realization that their son Jaxson, now healthy thanks to sister Georgia’s bone marrow donation, had the same immune deficiency that made normal childhood exposure to germs potentially life threatening. A picture wall assembled under an Always and Forever vintage sign holds family photos, including those of little Darcy. “It’s Jen’s favourite spot,” Tary says. “We did the wall in such a way that it tells the family story and it helps keep Darcy’s memory alive. The canvaswrapped frames add a lovely design element and the collection is in an area that has space to stand back and ponder the photos and to really appreciate them.” The master bedroom features a live edge bed made of local kiln-dried pine by Urban Rustic Living. The en suite bath is crisp and modern, but pops of colour in the pretty linens and a rustic stool and nubby throw rug add warmth and texture to the space. The kids’ bath time often takes place in Mom and Dad’s oversized cast-iron Recor tub that sits perched atop four chrome-plated feet. Continued on page 40 36 o u r h o m e s s u m m e r 2 0 1 2 CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: (1) Stairs made of laminated hemlock lead to the second-floor bedrooms. (2) Pretty linens add pops of colour to the en suite bathroom. (3) A comfy tub overlooks the lake. (4) A countertop of honed Algonquin limestone surrounds hisand-her sinks. (5) The master bedroom’s pine ceiling and trim complement the live edge bed by Urban Rustic Living. o u r h o m e s s u m m e r 2 0 1 2 37 feature Bringing the Best out of the Forest DESIGN Full Planning & Design Services BUILD Cottages, Homes, Boat Houses, Pergola’s, Gazebo’s RENOVATE Additions & Re-builds 705.721.8916 www.timmermantimberworks.com Always & Forever, the picture wall of canvas-wrapped photos in the hall near the master bedroom, tells the family story. 38 o u r h o m e s s u m m e r 2 0 1 2 feature LEFT: A bright, cheery space with big windows on the ground floor is the classroom for the Hutchins’ children who are all home-schooled. BELOW: A white iron bed offers tranquil comfort in a guest bedroom upstairs. BOTTOM: Georgia’s pink and white bedroom has a window seat that overlooks the lake. It suits the family’s “faith, family and friends” philosophy to spend vacation time right at home. “I was inspired by the open door policy of the Anderson family from Faith Baptist Church when I was a child,” Blayne recalls. “I want our home to be the same kind of place for people of all ages to gather and go for a swim or water-ski or to challenge each other to a fun game of beach volleyball.” Looking back, Jennifer and Blayne recall the year-long building process 40 o u r h o m e s s u m m e r 2 0 1 2 as relatively smooth. “Construction goes much faster when you only have to turn to one another to get a decision,” offers Blayne. Jennifer interjects, “Honestly, building this house was such a pleasure that I can imagine doing it again.” Blayne laughs and teases, “Maybe that’s because you didn’t do the actual building!” Given the joy the family feels for their home, another move doesn’t seem likely anytime soon. OH ASI Solutions Inc.
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