otg Since the heritage of the property is so important throughout the design, how do you ensure that the history lasts?
k.c. Creating a design that lasts requires elements and materials that are proven to stand the test of time. Indoors, I chose elegant, classic finishes like white shaker style cabinets and large, regal casings. In a beautiful farmhouse like this, I didn’t want to incorporate anything too modern or trendy. Outdoors, we chose low maintenance, eco-friendly materials, including Trex composite decking and a charming Trex Pergola that add timeless beauty to the space and long-lasting durability. Traditional wood decks can be beautiful, but Ontario weather can quickly take its toll, leaving wood decks faded, splintered and warped. Composite decking is designed to resist fading and mold and won’t rot, crack or warp, regardless of harsh weather or wear and tear. We also wanted the roof to draw attention because the rooflines were so gorgeous! Originally the Major House had a cedar shake roof, so we installed a beautiful metal roof that looks exactly like cedar shake, but will last forever and never discolour. The exterior of this house is a show stopper!
otg What are your tips for bringing the comforts of the indoors outdoors?
k.c. One of my favourite things to do with an outdoor space is to create a ‘comfort zone,’ such as a conversation nook with built-in lounges — somewhere cozy with pillows where you can relax with a good book or good friends. I’m also a fan of defining different functional spaces outdoors with weather-proof draperies or sunshades. And, lighting is essential — it not only adds ambiance, but extends the time you can enjoy your outdoor space. We used Trex Outdoor Lighting features in our backyard because they complement our deck and the aesthetics of our home. And, of course, add personality and colour with plants, flowers, artwork and whimsical accessories, just as you would inside.