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Canadian Timber Home Overlooking Lake Rosseau

A Canadian timber home on Ontario's Lake Rosseau proves that the smallest touches make the biggest impact.



Forget about looking at the big picture — true beauty is in the details. Take this Canadian home stunner located along the shores of Ontario’s Lake Rosseau. From its intricate exterior trim work to its reclaimed-oak flooring, every inch of the 5,500-square-foot Canadian home exudes charm. “The level of detailing in this timber home is incredible,” shares Rodney Deeprose, interior designer and owner of Rodney Deeprose Inc. in Mississauga, Ontario.

“The blend of moldings, trim, stone, fixtures and finishes creates a distinctive look that perfectly suits its owners.” When the homeowners first approached Rodney, they expressed their desire to create a place that appeared comfortable and lived-in. They’d fallen in love with a vintage cabin on the property and they wanted to re-create that ambiance.

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“The 10-acre property on the side of Lake Rosseau houses a series of small outbuildings,” explains Rodney. “After using one of the small cabins for several years, the owners wanted to design a main home that incorporated a vintage, collected feeling in a comfortable, eclectic setting.” To set the Canadian home wheels in motion, the couple’s first step was creating a floorplan. They hired Terry Martino, an architect with Gren Weis Architect & Associates in Oakville, Ontario, to help translate their ideas into a workable plan.

“My clients wanted this home to feel like the main lodge in a camp-style setting,” recalls Terry. “It was important to them that the exterior match the vernacular of the surrounding buildings—red roofing, black siding and white trim. Inside, they had many ideas for creating the entertaining areas, and they wanted to design a place to accommodate guests that took advantage of their amazing views of Lake Rosseau.”

The result of these collaborations is a spacious home that feels simultaneously impressive and intimate. Its open floorplan affords plenty of room for family and guests to mingle, while cozy nooks invite private conversations.

Of course, the Canadian home’s defining feature is its Douglas fir timber frame designed and built by Horne Construction of Burlington, Ontario. “We created the frame in our shop,” says Barry Horne, one of the company’s owners. “It’s a dressed Douglas fir frame with false trusses — they’re decorative, not structural. We stained and dressed the fir with five coats of lacquer. We also detailed the metal accents that were manufactured by Tremonte Welding & Ironworks.” The Canadian home’s beautiful woodwork doesn’t stop at the great room’s timbers. Horne Construction also fashioned the millwork for the kitchen and other primary living areas, as well as all of the tongue-and-groove work on the walls and ceilings.

In fact, the circular porch features a 2-by-6-inch tongue-and-groove ceiling in Douglas fir, while the rest of the home boasts nearly 40,000 linear feet of 1-by-6-inch hemlock tongue-and-groove on the walls. Another standout of the design is its usage of reclaimed materials — most notably the reclaimed-oak floor that is used throughout the great room and first level. The owners imported the gorgeous wood from Georgia, ordering enough to ensure that the stairs, posts and handrails would match the flooring.

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The arch in the downstairs pool room is equally striking — once part of a church, it was discovered at a salvage yard. Other great finds include heirloom leaded-glass windows, antique doors (including a carriage-style bi-fold garage door) and vintage gingerbread trim. “

The Canadian house has an eclectic flavor that is inspired by different colors, textures and materials that don’t match exactly,” explains Rodney. “The combination gives it the appearance that it’s been restored or added onto over time. Incandescent lighting helps promote the home’s timeless flair, and there’s a sense that the home is strong and durable.” No doubt about it, this is a Canadian home that embraces the past and is built to last.

TIMBER HOME DETAILS:
Square footage: 5,500
Designer: Rodney Deeprose Inc.
Architect: Gren Weis Architect & Associates

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