Ferguson Fine Homes has a long-standing tradition of designing and building quality homes in Dufferin County and the surrounding area, so it is not surprising to find that the construction of their own home was no exception. Although Chad and Marrie Ferguson had owned their lovely property on the 6th line for more than 10 years, only recently did they complete construction on this gorgeous, 2800 square foot open-concept bungalow. Just 7 minutes to the town of Orangeville, in the Township of Amaranth, this unique home with a coastal vibe is unique in both design and décor, and is a testament to the broad wealth of experience that the Ferguson’s bring to any project.
“Coastal” style by definition is relaxing and comfortable, breezy and airy with an abundance of light throughout. With soft tones, and a colour palette inspired by nature, it is meant to evoke the feeling of being at the beach. Crisp white, layered blues, neutral tones and jute textures are the signature of this style, and while quite popular in the US, it is certainly uncommon in Southern Ontario, and it was refreshing to see this clear departure from the mundane of greys and neutrals typically found in today’s homes.
The exterior construction is modern and clean, with interesting lines and a white wood siding and multi-toned stone exterior. The black stone accents compliment the black metal roof and black wood windows, and the red front door gives it a “pop” of colour that makes you want to discover what is inside. As you enter the home, the 8” wide plank white oak floor is in sync with the natural vibe, and hints of a “rustic-natural” feel that keeps it light and is easy to clean and maintain. The painted coconut shell light fixture in the front entryway is fun and unique, offering an entrée into the coastal vibe that is evident throughout.
As Marrie welcomed me into their beautiful home, I was immediately drawn to the high ceilings and large windows with never ending views of the rolling landscape of Amaranth. With minimal window coverings and the completely open concept design, this home defies the boundaries of indoor or outdoor space, and you can immediately picture this home on a beach somewhere in Southern California.
The main living area features a kitchen that would “wow” even the most discerning home chef. With an abundance of storage space, the two-tone white cabinetry accented with a light blue island with brass pendulum light fixtures continue the coastal theme. The white quartz countertops keep the look light and clean, and the brushed gold hardware and fixtures offer a hit of elegance, accented further with a unique individually tiled backsplash in gold and glass to finish the look. The selection of top of the line appliances includes a Wolf double oven with red knobs – an unexpected punch of color and a modern twist, which is a reflection of Chad’s preference for contemporary design. The natural wood over the range hood completes the look and brings a natural element into the space without being intrusive.
The living/dining area is completely open, with a stunning waffled ceiling with light grey accents and custom built in cabinetry around the gas insert fireplace that is both beautiful and practical. “With small children in the home, we wanted to create a space that is a showpiece of Chad’s talent and a testament to our own personal taste, but is also practical and sensible for family life”, says Marrie of their thought process behind designing their home.
This becomes even more evident as you enter the mudroom which is just off the dining/living area. The ceramic tiled floors with insets of blue compliment the ample built in storage completed in a darker marine blue with wood accents, as well as the two piece powder room hidden away from the main living area create a space that is perfect for muddy boots, sports equipment, and all of the comings and goings of daily family life The surprises only continue as you exit through the interior garage door into a fully insulated and drywalled space with epoxy floors and stainless steel cheek plate walls.
As we journey to the other end of the home, down the main hall to the sleeping area is a unique herringbone patterned wood floor, 10’ ceilings and 8’ high doors painted in a gorgeous pale blue, continuing with the theme of the rest of the home. The kids rooms are every child’s dream, featuring custom built in wardrobes and oversized closets, a unique shiplap wall with built-in bunk beds and the most incredible “map of the world” mural with picture narration of what you might find on your adventures to each country. The shared bath features a blue glass tile wall and shower, complimented with black fixtures and tons of valuable storage.
The oversized master suite is a dream hideaway – one that you may never want to leave. It features a stunning navy textured accent wall, oversized windows with views of the surrounding landscape, and a build in gas fireplace. The gold accents and rich textures are complimented by clean white linens and flowing white curtains. The master ensuite is beyond imagination, and has a modern, spa-like feel to it. The white quartz countertops and black fixtures (including a stunning white standalone tub with black exterior!) are complimented with lighted mirrors and natural light maple cabinetry, and the black and glass chandelier completes this elegant escape.
In a sea of mundane, predictable homes that seem to be the norm, the Ferguson’s home is a refreshing departure from the wearisome overuse of rustic farmhouse/modern contemporary. Their craftsmanship and attention to detail in both the construction and design of this home are second to none, and is a true testament to the quality that their clients have come to expect from them.
Ferguson Fine Homes is located in Mono, Ontario, and offers project management, design/build, renovation and restoration services to Dufferin County and the surrounding areas for more than 20 years. They can be reached at (519) 938-0464 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their website at www.fergusonfinehomes.ca.
Written by: Tanya Bottomley | Photography: Paul Spears
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