Homes - Interiors

Interior: Georgian style heritage home

A design-savvy couple creates a new home in Oakville, Ontario, with the historic feel of years gone by.

Ric and Shirley Riordon are passionate about old architecture and also love Oakville’s small-town vibe. But a heritage home that met their 21st-century needs – big enough for their design studio and its employees and also to potentially share with their elderly parents – was hard to come by, so instead they built one.

The Riordon's brand new home
Their brand new 4,200-square-foot home has the gracious feel of an early Canadian Georgian building, from the symmetry of its facade to the meticulous interior millwork to the reclaimed wide-plank elm floors. Even its park-like setting adds to the rural, yesteryear character. And, though the Riordon's are quick to credit their top-drawer team of architect, landscape architect and builder with achieving an old-fashioned home that accommodates their modern lifestyle, their own arts and design backgrounds and rigorous devotion to historic details deserve credit, too.

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