Interior: Georgian style heritage home
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. Authentic Georgian style home
Clapboard siding, restrained but elegant trim, a gracious front door and entry and transom and mullioned windows give homeowners Ric and Shirley Riordon’s Oakville, Ont., home authentic Georgian style.
Ric and Shirley worked with their cabinetry company to create the look of an unfitted farmhouse kitchen. The large island was in their dream book after living with a small galley kitchen in their previous home. One end of the island is equipped with a prep kitchen sink for modern functionality, but its added-on appearance makes it look like an old-fashioned pastry counter. Kitchen cabinetry
The kitchen’s colour scheme contributes to its 19th-century flavour. “We didn’t want to go with black (on the range hood) – we felt it would be too harsh,” says Shirley, explaining that the couple used a deep charcoal shade that makes the feature a focal point but doesn’t overwhelm the green-toned kitchen cabinetry. Porcelain sink
A six-over-six window and handmade porcelain sink fitted with French-made reproduction faucets in satin nickel complete the illusion of a 19th-century farmhouse kitchen design. Gardening
Ric is a passionate gardener and active garden blogger (fussygardener.com). “He starts every day in the garden,” says Shirley.
Cozy family room
The family room has the feel of a Maine cottage, with its tongue-and-groove walls and ceiling and chiselled fieldstone fireplace. Slipcovered furnishings in soft yellow, cranberry and sage continue the main-floor colour scheme.
New walls and custom panelling
Deep arched doorways between principal rooms on the main floor required thick interior walls and custom panelling. The balustrade and newel posts are made from reclaimed wood.
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