Home & Garden
At night, a deep red family room can be a cosy spot to unwind. But when the space flows from the kitchen, it just doesn't seem like the perfect place to start the day. And while the owners of this Stouffville home liked the room and lived with it for several years after moving in, eventually they decided it was time to create a space more reflective of their needs and tastes. More
Nestled along the Macmillan Nature Reserve and backing onto 123 acres of protected natural forest is Madison Homes' Thornhill Ravines community. The Parkwood model, Madison principal Nelly Zagdanski explains, balances an open concept and a traditional floor plan. It functions well for entertaining and comfortable real living. More
When Peter and Christine Schmidt found the large lot in old Unionville, a neighbourhood they'd long admired, they thought they could remodel the existing house to suit the needs of their family. But the scope of their wish list made tearing down the old to build the new a better option. They hired Toronto-based Merlin Family Home for the design and build and Lee Brown of LRB Interiors in Newmarket for the interior design. More
The massive Scrabble board on the balustrade-legged coffee table sets the tone the moment you arrive at 115 Ellis Rd. in The Blue Mountains. This 4,200-square-foot chalet, with waterfront views on one side and the Georgian Peaks Ski Resort on the opposite, is a dwelling where fun and togetherness are number one priorities. Read More..
When I designed this house, we did it based on what we like, says cutting-edge designer, Madison Taylor. I have four dogs, a three year old and a husband who never removes his shoes so when picking everything I wanted no fuss and high durability. I prefer a simple, clean look. Read More..
Gulls take wing along the shoreline of Georgian Bay, banking across emerald green fairways of a championship calibre golf course. This is Lora Bay, an upscale planned golf community and four-season playground that Steve Garrow now calls home. I can see the water from my laneway, says Garrow, who was seeking a refuge when he built this exquisite home on Landry Lane in 2011. We had a house on the east side and the road noise was terrible. We didn't want to leave Lora Bay but we wanted a quieter spot. So I bought the lot and we built for ourselves. Now, instead of staring out at a roadway, we have long visual sightlines of uninterrupted green space and someone else is cutting the grass. Read More..
Sothy Minh and Sokny Yi began the extensive renovation of their Woodbridge home with a clear goal in mind: a design that would reflect their appreciation for clean, elegant design and offer a warm and welcoming space for their immediate and extended families. Read More..
Mature trees, lush perennial gardens, seating areas that invite you in and a relaxing pool: the Stewarts' Aurora backyard seems like it has been there for years. You would never guess that just last summer, bulldozers were at work in the space. Read More..
Got a sweet weekend invite to a friend's cottage this summer? Here's how to ensure your first stay isn't your last. Read More..
Tranquil sounds of cascading water relax your muscles. Radiant views of blossoming hibiscus thrill your eyes. Smoky aromas of grilled delicacies tickle your taste buds. No, it's not a luxury holiday in Punta Cana. This paradise is only steps from your door in your own private backyard oasis. Read More..
he first thing that strikes you about 11 Forest Drive in Collingwood is the light. The expansive open concept kitchen, living and dining space is illuminated with a southern exposure from floor-to-ceiling windows on two adjoining walls. The result is a restful view of grazing deer edging their way through the hardwood forest that encircles this 3/4-acre property. Read More..
Pass through the iron gates of 5 Warbler Way in Oro-Medonte and the sound of crisp gravel underfoot soon gives way to the trill of birds flitting through the trees. Ahead, a covered wraparound stone porch encircles a two-storey residence uniquely designed to blend in with its rustic surroundings. Read More..
Wherever you sit, stand or happen to stop in the light-filled family room at Bruce Cromie's cottage, the views of southern Lake Rosseau are superb by design. Cromie, who owns building and renovation company Woodcastle Homes, planned the room's layout to ensure family and friends would get the full benefit of views up the main channel of Lake Rosseau to the west and east views down to Portage Bay. The astonishing vistas are afforded by the cottage's superb cliff top site. Read More..
When not in the dirt with his eco-friendly landscape design company, Carson stays busy building, planting, writing or designing as a featured guest on CityLine. His new show Critical Listing is currently airing on HGTV Canada. You can check him out at carsonarthur.com Read More..
Kids, dogs and the adults who love to spend time with them bring lots of life to this Sparrow Lake retreat. Muskoka's landscape and an outstanding cottage design supply the charm. Read More..
Returning from a trip to Italy where life focuses on the sheer joy found in everyday living, this Barrie couple was determined to replicate the dolce far niente the art of doing nothing in Canada. They decided a cottage would provide the perfect getaway where their family of four teenage daughters could connect and make lifelong memories. Read More..