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2 When Disaster Strikes, The Art of Picture Framing You Can Count on SAULT STE. MARIE PROPERTY RESTORATION SPECIALISTS FIRE RECONSTRUCTION WATER EXTRACTION STRUCTURAL DRYING WIND DAMAGE REPAIR SEWER BACK-UP ODOUR CONTROL MOULD REMEDIATION ASBESTOS ABATEMENT 24 HR Emergency Service (705) Your Peace of Mind Begins Here "Coming Through For You" R FIRE WATER WIND MOULD ASBESTOS Professional designers on staff Working with you from start to finish Something to meet everyone s budget WE INSTALL KITCHENS 539 Gt. Northern Rd You've painted your walls, installed your new flooring and now it's time to add the bling to your room. Your artwork is what distinguishes your home's personality. When choosing artwork, our design process begins with getting to know you and the piece being framed. Is the piece decorative, or does it have sentimental or monetary value? What are the colours in the room? Are your furnishings organic with stone and fabric, or do you have alot of glass and chrome? Will there be alot of reflection to deal with and what's the potential damage from ultra-violet rays? Once a feel for your personal style is determined, I will help you select the artwork or framing to suit your needs. There are literally hundreds of moulding choices but a framer with experience can help simplify the decision process. Framing is always designed for the piece first and then the budget is addressed to suit your needs, always making sure that it is the design you'll enjoy for years to come. When you factor in the length of time a picture hangs on your wall, you are really getting your moneys worth. Ann Shearsby, custom framer and owner of Framing Matters, would like to share her passion for art and knowledge of various styles and themes to suit your home. Framing Matters 773 Great Northern Road Located across from the O.P.P. station between Biff's Car Wash and GCR Tire Hours: Mon - Fri 10-5 pm, Sat 10-2pm www.

3 Why move when you already live in the home you love? Give your life a lift Sales and Installation FABRICATORS INSTALLERS Dale Godfrey, Broker of Record Paul Godfrey Jr., Broker Get it all under one roof Real Estate Sales and Service With over 25 years of experience, Dale Godfrey and Paul Godfrey Jr. will prepare an honest opinion on the value of your home, giving you the assurance that we are listing your home at the right price, to make your sale hassle free. We specialize in Lake Superior Shoreline Properties. Our listings include residential, recreational, commercial and more. We have achieved top sales results through MLS statistical data. Mortgage Approval Paul Godfrey Sr., our in-house mortgage broker, will make sure that we bring only qualified buyers to view your home. Paul also looks after the buyers mortgage needs to efficiently complete the sale of your home CALL NOW TOLL-FREE FOR A FREE NO OBLIGATION QUOTE 262 Queen St. E., Sault Ste. Marie, On GEAR (4327) The Acorn Stairlift is already enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of satisfied customers around the world. We pride ourselves on customer service, and we understand the importance of safety, comfort and ease of use. Ceramic Hardwood Laminate Carpet 7B Oxford St., Sault Ste. Marie Vinyl Commercial & Residential GEOTHERMAL HEATING & COOLING up to $ 8,750 ecoenergy REBATE The Smartest Way to Heat and Cool Your Home. Custom Imported Granite Counter Tops Sinks Backsplash Vanities Fireplace Mantels Tables Scratch and Heat Resistant Installation within 3 Weeks Visit our Showroom! 7B Oxford St., Sault Ste. Marie Up to $1,200 PST REBATE $1,350 income tax CREDIT Financing options available 264 Bruce Street, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario P6B 1P1 Tel: Fax: Web: For more information on commercial and residential installations along with a free estimate please contact: Canadian Geo Office: Toll Free:

4 PUBLISHER SUCCESSBIZ INC. KATHERINE G. MACRAE OUR HOMES MEDIA GROUP INC. EDITOR-IN-CHIEF GEORGETTE MCCULLOCH MANAGING EDITOR PAULINE CLARK it s time to get inspired Apply now. Start this fall. ONOFRIO S KITCHEN, BATH & LIGHTING CENTRE The largest one stop kitchen, bath & lighting centre north of Toronto Authorized Dealer of ARTCRAFT KICHLER MONTE CARLO MURRAY FEISS ART DIRECTOR TARA CHATTELL PRODUCTION DIRECTOR LYNN DERRICK GRAPHIC DESIGNER JANINE STONHILL WEBMASTER DESIGN OFFICE ZEN PRESIDENT DAVID LOOPSTRA CONTRIBUTORS Tom Carnahan, Pauline Clark, Colin Crowell, Bonnie Fox, Ryan LeClaire, Samantha Martin, Brooke Montgomery, Glen Peloso, Gene Santoro Lights & Fans for every room in the home We Welcome Special Orders Exterior Lights Sales and Service MARKETING & ADVERTISING SALES SuccessBiz Women s Network Are you a business woman that wants to increase your network with other business women? Please Join Us! General Inquiries KATHERINE G. MACRAE Marketing Consultant PATTI WIERZBICKI Cell: OUR HOMES is a registered trademark of OUR HOMES MEDIA GROUP INC. OUR HOMES Sault Ste. Marie & Algoma is published four times a year by SuccessBiz Inc. under the license of OUR HOMES MEDIA GROUP INC. Soo Overhead Doors 1695 Trunk Rd. Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario P6A 6X THE ONLY MANUFACTURER / FABRICATOR OF CUSTOM GRANITE COUNTER TOPS IN THE SOO. DEAL WITH THE EXPERTS. Meet other local business women, increase your network and build your confidence in a supportive, encouraging and fun environment Our members meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 7-9pm in Sault Ste. Marie Call today for your complimentary guest pass to our next meeting and see what the SWN is all about Network your way to Success! OUR HOMES is distributed to residents of Sault Ste. Marie & Algoma via direct mail. Copies of OUR HOMES are available for free pick up at high traffic locations throughout the region. OUR HOMES is distributed throughout select B&Bs and hotels, and to select business leaders via direct mail. The publisher assumes no responsibility for opinions expressed in advertisements. Copyright 2009 OUR HOMES MEDIA GROUP INC. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is prohibited. Please send all letters and/or feedback to OUR HOMES Magazine, 29 Welcome Avenue, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada P6A 5A6. Or us at All letters received are subject to editing for grammar and length. If undelivered, return to above address. For franchise inquiries please visit Or call: Ext. 300 Certified Expert Installer Janscraft INC. Draperies & Bedding Janice Cumming Phone/Fax Old Goulais Bay Road Sault Ste. Marie ON P6A 5K8 CHOOSE YOUR SLABS FROM OUR LARGE ON-SITE WAREHOUSE Locally Owned & Operated Since Great Northern Road, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

5 publisher s note Big Sisters Association of Sault Ste. Marie, ON SHARE A LITTLE MAGIC Helping young girls believe in themselves and their potential Hold a hand, hold a heart forever Become a Big Sister today! AH SUMMER! THE LAZY, HAZY, DAYS OF SUMMER. Ok, maybe not as quite as lazy as I would prefer, but there is nothing that compares with summer. Summer s warm fragrant breeze inspires us to take time to relax and dream, perhaps on the deck of a picturesque waterfront retreat or just enjoying a good book or good company in a beautiful garden or your own backyard. Inside these pages we bring you an off-the-grid, special waterfront getaway and a spectacular labour of love home and garden to arouse your summer dreams. The best part of my job is viewing these amazing homes and meeting the creative people who turned their vision into reality. Gene plays that baby grand beautifully, and Maggi & Fred s home and garden is a romantic dreamscape that tugs at your heartstrings. Our Comfort Zone offers a fun shopping experience for that rare treasure, while our Style Picks propose some local finds that make us wish for an endless summer. A one-of-a-kind stained glass piece by a talented artist profiled in our People feature reflects the warm summer sun beautifully. You ll find Cottage Etiquette a quick read to prepare you for that invite to a friend s cottage (I ve read it hint, hint), as well as interesting flower planters and ideas for creating your own special outdoor summer space. We are grateful to our homeowners who invited us into their unique homes so we can share them with you, and of course a big thank you to our advertisers who make bringing this magazine to you possible in both print and online at Summer is short and sweet. We hope this issue of OUR HOMES Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma inspires you to make the most of your summer, even if you never leave your own backyard. (705) Group Benefits In the North, for the North 369 Queen Street East Suite 209 Ph: E: Exclusive agent for the Chamber Group Insurance Plan in Sault Ste. Marie & Area. A United Way Member Agency 369 Queen Street East, Suite 104, Sault Ste. Marie, ON love the latest looks? Then look to Mary Kay. You ll find the latest on-trend colours coordinated just for you with easy-to-apply tips. Ask me how you can get the hottest looks of the season - and always be in style! Marg VanLandeghem Independent Beauty Consultant (705) Schuster Boyd McDonald To Your Success, Katherine G. MacRae, Publisher PHOTOGRAPHIY BY COLIN CROWELL Jeff McWhinney Sandra McWhinney Christine Betts Loyalty = Less Cost Happy Employees = Loyalty Luckily we sell it Employee Benefits Pension Plans 8 o u r h o m e s s u m m e r

6 contents Lazy days SUMMER DEPARTMENTS $7000 rebate Land or Lake? 8 PUBLISHER S NOTE 12 EDITOR S NOTE STYLE PICKS Easy To Love Picks For Your Home 20 COMFORT ZONE The Round Barn 40 PEOPLE Stained Glass Artist 41 HOME RESOURCE DIRECTORY 42 FINISHING TOUCH Fun Flower Containers FEATURES GeothermaL for your home Still heating with conventional methods? With fluctuating fuel costs, it s time to consider all of the benefits of switching to NextEnergy Geothermal Energy. Contact Wardlaw Fuels today to learn how you can start saving up to 75% on your home s energy costs. Local: toll free: DECORATING Adding Style To The Outdoors 24 HOME & BUILDER A Northern Retreat 32 ENTERTAINING How To Get Invited Back 34 ON THE COVER FEATURE HOME FEMININE AND FABULOUS Shutters, Wood Blinds Roman Shades, Cellular Shades Automated Blinds FOR ADVERTISING PLEASE CONTACT Katherine G. MacRae, Publisher COVER & CONTENTS PHOTOGRAPHY BY COLIN CROWELL BOTTOM RIGHT PHOTO BY BONNIE FOX o u r h o m e s s u m m e r

7 editor s note Famous Quality Brands, Affordably Priced....Everything to compliment your lifestyle. Our passion is to custom furnish your house, and make you feel at home. Locally owned and operated since 1986 Home Design and Home Decorating SPRING HAS FINALLY TURNED INTO SUMMER for us here in northern Ontario. I love the smell of summer we start with lilacs in our yard and soon our perennials bloom and flourish. I can t wait for the scent of luscious fresh strawberries from the nearby pickyour-own farm and who doesn t enjoy the smell of a barbecue or a fresh cut lawn wafting in the breeze? Isn t that one of the best things about being outside at this time of year? We ve been adding perennials and tweaking our backyard over the years to create a space that works for us. I m a little more inspired to work on it since visiting Maggi and Fred Konkin s home in Sault Ste. Marie (page 34). They ve got a backyard retreat that would be anyone s dream. It comes complete with its own natural stream running through. Maggi s decorating skills inside the home have created a soft, feminine cottage-style home that we are thrilled to have as our feature home this issue. Elgie Builders Ltd. created a different retreat north of Sault Ste. Marie (page 24). This home on Lake Superior is a getaway for a man and his son-in-law their wives prefer their more urban homes. Whether you prefer the city or country, you ll admire some of the features of this beautiful wood home. We ve got our Style Picks (page 14) and the beautiful work of stained glass artist Cathy Barton (page 40). Be sure to read all about The Round Barn (page 20). This summer issue of OUR HOMES Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma is sure to keep you reading as you take time out to relax in the warm months ahead. Have a great summer! OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK: REGULAR HOURS: MON-FRI 9:30AM-9:00PM, SAT 9:30AM-5:30PM, SUN 12:00PM-5:00PM 261 Trunk Road, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 3S7 Ph: Web: Free Delivery! Pauline Clark, Managing Editor Chair Lifts Bathroom Safety Fixtures Direct Alert Systems HOME HEALTH CARE 59 Great Northern Rd. Ph: o u r h o m e s s u m m e r

8 style picks Remember this very little is needed to make a happy life. Marcus Aurelius It s summertime and the living is easy. Our Style Picks will help keep you living easy this summer! 1 PHOTOGRAPHY BY GENE SANTORO FRAMING MATTERS (4) Shadow Box What to do with those bits of memorabilia? Put them into a custom 3-D shadow box. A great way to preserve the past or celebrate a season. 773 Great Northern Rd. Sault Ste. Marie, ON THE TREASURE CHEST (1) Butterfly This beautiful metal butterfly will look equally beautiful inside or out. Available in a variety of colours, hang just one or several together. 625 Trunk Rd. Wellington Square Mall Sault Ste. Marie, ON STATION MALL DRUG MART (2) Martini Set No tuxedo necessary to enjoy martinis with this classy, summer set. Shaken or stirred, a martini is an enticing summer drink. 293 Bay St. Sault Ste. Marie, ON STOREY HOME FURNITURE (5) Decorative Mirror This beautiful, contemporary mirror will reflect your great taste and will add personality to any room. 274 North St. Sault Ste. Marie, ON ANN MARIE S WOODWARD FASHIONS (3) Pig Watering Can You ll want this little piggy to go to the garden and everywhere else. He s so cute! Just right for watering your outdoor plants. 10 Woodward Ave. Blind River, ON SOO MILL BUILDALL (6) Adirondack Deck Chair From relaxing with a morning coffee to enjoying the evening breeze, these chairs are a favourite with everyone. 539 Great Northern Rd. Sault Ste. Marie, ON OH 14 o u r h o m e s s u m m e r o u r h o m e s s u m m e r

9 decorating BY GLEN PELOSO BRINGING YOUR INDOOR STYLE TO The Great Outdoors ASummer is here and I can see neighbours, friends and family heading outside to enjoy the warm weather. Dinners in the yard or garden visits are what we are turning our attention to. We want to enjoy living in the great outdoors with all the comforts of being indoors. With the advancements in outdoor furniture, that is completely achievable. POOL PARTY Have a look at the space that you have at the back of the house and decide how best to divide it up to create both comfort and luxury. A pool offers a clear, central focus and function to the yard. This is the area around which to create your lounge or living area as it will be where people congregate for fun. Depending on how large the decking is around the pool, there should be lounge chairs for the sun worshipers. However, we are now able to gauge just how much sun we get with canopies being built right into the lounge chairs. The other new addition to the lounger is hydraulic lifts eliminating the need to get up and adjust that bar behind the back rest. If the decking has a little more area, you can also incorporate an outdoor sofa and coffee table set up so that area also becomes an ideal place to entertain or to simply curl up with a book and a summer drink. Conversely, you can create a wild lounge area so that your backyard will be party central. Even if you don t have a pool, all of this can be achieved on the deck or back patio. FURNITURE With the advent of the woven, recycled plastic structure and fantastic outdoor, mould-resistant fabrics, we are allowed to play with shapes and styles like never before. There are many lines of this style of furniture in all price points. DINING ROOM You also want to be able to create a dining room outdoors. I think it is always best to have this area closest to the back door of the house as this is typically where the barbeque is and it allows for easy travel of foods and dishes from the kitchen to the table. Again, the advanced styles of furniture means that you no longer have to be tied to the white plastic chairs that are available at the big box stores. With the development of some really fantastic furniture you can see that you are able to create spaces that will weather well and last you for years to come, while achieving the look of fine hotels around the world. In terms of making furniture choices, you want to look for items that have classic lines. You also want to be sure that they weather well, as our Canadian climate is hard on furniture. Being able to have outdoor furniture that is every bit as beautiful as your indoor furniture allows you to double the size of your living area in the good weather. In the past, it was difficult to host a brilliant dinner party in the backyard as the seating areas were never all that comfortable. I think it best to look at styles that are similar to what you have chosen for the indoors of your house so that you create a seamless feeling between the indoors and the outdoors. UPHOLSTERY The upholstery for outdoor furniture can be changed when you tire of the look or pattern. If you use quality neutral-coloured fabrics for the main cushions, you can add a spark with great accent cushions in mould-resistant fabrics that can be found at any good fabric store. Summer by summer you can change these cushions, which will give you the feeling of a new space each year in the same way the surrounding gardens change year-by-year. As we are pushing on the gates of time to get us back into the great outdoors, don t ignore the indoors but do what you can to marry the two. What you finally end up with is a fantastic space that will keep you feeling as though you have gone to a resort. Now, the only thing that needs sun block is your skin! OH Glen Peloso is the principal of Glen Peloso Interiors, an internationally known Canadian interior design firm. 16 o u r h o m e s s u m m e r o u r h o m e s s u m m e r

10 FALL/hoL iday 2008 Spring 2008 SUMMER 2007 STYLE COMFORT IDEAS REAL ESTATE S O U T H E R N G E O R G I A N B A Y guaranteed academic program Phone: Churchill Plaza 150 Churchill Blvd., Unit C2A Sault Ste. Marie, ON Help your child master the basics of printing, phonics, vocabulary and comprehension so that they ve developed a foundation for their primary grade learning. With our Canadian-based Guaranteed Academic Program, you ll receive an individualized program to suit your child s specific needs. Improve your child s grade level in core subjects and see the results that Scholars can bring to your child and your family! More than just tutoring! Receive the tutoring you need in your high school, college or university courses while having the chance to guarantee a successful future through: Job Search & Interview Seminars Study Skills Seminars Resume Writing Seminars Money Management Seminars Career Guidance Seminars Real life results. Own your own OUR HOMES magazine! ourhomes plus Fabulous Winter Urns Filled with Foraged Finds A Town & Country Christmas 3 beautiful homes meet the designers 100 years of water & power Songs of Spring attract birds to your backyard come inside a polished new home in port elgin and preserving the past in southampton plus alluring Style PickS for your home Franchise Opportunities Available. Visit click on franchise opportunities. Or call Join our happy and successful team and create maximum value for your advertisers and readers. ourhomes Style comfort IdeaS real estate Creating value, creating opportunities New Sunny Days GOLF COURSE LIVING TWO HOMES ON THE FAIRWAY THE PRETTIEST POOL HOUSE AND HOT SUMMER STYLE PICKS PLUS: Home Building Fuels Our Economy Splendour in the Garden You need it. We do it. Kwik. what can we do for YOU? BROCHURES NEWSLETTERS FLYERS LETTERHEAD ANNUAL REPORTS FOLDERS BUSINESS CARDS Queen Street East, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 1Z9 from concept to completion

11 comfort zone The Round Barn PHOTOGRAPHY BY TOM CARNAHAN STYLE: A mixture of Canadian and imported goods, perfect for wedding gifts, home décor or just because it s something you like. IN A NUTSHELL: Mark and Heather West bought The Round Barn from Mark s dad, George, and his partner Marjorie Butterfield in Heading into their 21st year in business, The Round Barn carries a wide selection of gifts and antiques. The West children, Malarie and Paul, also work in this seasonal family business. THE ANGLE: This 80-year-old, 12-sided barn has an eclectic assortment of gifts mixed in with a huge array of antiques and unusual displays. Visiting is almost like touring a museum while you shop. Delight in the displays on shelves built into the old rowboat found on the banks of Thessalon River and admire the many items displayed atop the old wagon bought at an auction. Be sure to check out signs from former train station stops and old family businesses and don t forget to sign the guestbook at the door. UNIQUE: The Round Barn produces and distributes the Canadian Weatherstick worldwide. This stick, when mounted outside, will bend upward indicating fair weather and downward to indicate bad weather. It s the perfect gift. You might also want one of Mark s handcrafted pudding-stone loons, which range in size from one to 100 pounds. MISSION: The Round Barn aims to give a great product at a fair price and they carry items you won t find elsewhere. We won t carry it if it s located within at minimum an hour of here, says Mark. THE PRODUCTS: Look for polished stones, jewelry, hats, beautiful oversized handbags, and fair-trade goods such as soft woven scarves. Natural bamboo soap, Maxwell pottery, serving dishes shaped like canoes, wooden baskets and a large assortment of dishes and kitchen linens are also among the hundreds of items found throughout the barn. FAVOURITES: Mark and Heather look for those items that will be a big hit each season. This year look for glass rolling pins, wooden salad claws, onyx wine glasses in beautiful velvet cases, Pavlo Pottery and many products by Accents de Ville. Big glass jars and big handbags are also expected to be in high demand. Watch the website for details on their annual midnight madness held the third Saturday in July. GET THERE: The Round Barn Brownlee Road, Thessalon, ON (map on website at ) Open May to October Summer hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily OH 20 o u r h o m e s s u m m e r o u r h o m e s s u m m e r

12 OUR HOMES SPECIAL ADVERTISING FEATURE OUR HOMES SPECIAL ADVERTISING FEATURE >> SOURCE IT SYLVAN CIRCLE ART AND ARTISAN TOUR September 12, 2009, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Self guided gorgeous country tour. Starting in Echo Bay, the tour extends around Highway 638, through Leeburn and Rydal Bank to Bruce Mines and back along Highway 17, approximately 100 kilometres. Over 40 artists at country halls and studios. Lunch and refreshments can be purchased at various locations along the route. For info contact THE MEDICINE SHOPPE PHARMACY For Pharmacist, Manuel dos Reis, focusing on patient health is not just a priority; it makes good business sense. By getting to know my customers and their individual needs, I will be able to assist them in building happier, healthier, and longer lives. People respond to that. They appreciate the extra effort and the insight. Manuel s Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy is now in its fourth year of operation, and he credits his success due to the phenomenal community support. Operating a pharmacy in the midst of numerous big boxes with in-store pharmacies can be daunting. Manuel credits community support as a key reason he s been able to establish his business. Doctors have been very supportive. I have numerous patients who come in for the first time based on a referral from their physician. I didn t realize that word of mouth would travel so fast. A highlight of owning his own Medicine Shoppe pharmacy has been building relationships with his patients. He often has patients who know each other in the community also coming to his pharmacy without realizing they are going to the same pharmacy. There is a group of ladies who play bridge together and one day three or four of them happened to be in the pharmacy at the same time. It was fun to hear them suddenly realize that in addition to playing bridge together, they also have the same pharmacy in common! He is thankful for the support especially in these times. I m doing anything I can to help my patients get the best value in their health care, serving my customers and patients personally, providing them with the high level of care, compassion, and attention they require and deserve. 59 Great Northern Road (Please see ad on page 13) A MISCELLANY OF THE NEW, NEAT, UNIQUE, AND FABULOUS IN SAULT STE. MARIE & ALGOMA DISTRICT PERSONAL FIT Are you looking for good quality, healthy food that is ready to eat when you need it? Personal Fit is a meal preparation service that has been catering to Sault Ste. Marie s unique food needs since Our philosophy is simple; we use high quality natural and unprocessed foods which are nutritionally balanced and naturally low in sodium and fat. We offer 5 menu choices every week in single serving containers. All meals are prepared fresh using organic, local and seasonal foods whenever possible. Check out our catering menu on the website; it offers a unique and tasty way to enjoy food at your next gathering. We offer: recipes from around the world vegetarian meal plans low carb and special diet options seniors discount Eating well has never been so easy. Personal Fit meal catering, where nutritious meets delicious. Contact: Birgit Kroll , (Please see ad on page 9) JANSCRAFT Welcome to Janscraft, est Beautiful window treatments enhance the entire room! Janscraft offers in home consultations from an extensive fabric selection, quality workmanship with attention to detail, and expert installation. I will work with you to design a style to satisfy your furnishings; whether it be the clean lines of Roman shades and tailored valances, or traditionally full swags, draperies and sheers. As well, I can supply the appropriate decorative hardware. Included at Janscraft is a bedding line of comforters, spreads, coverlets, accent cushions, and as always, a window treatment to complete the entire look. When you re ready to think about window coverings for your home, I would welcome the opportunity to provide you with a complimentary estimate. Janice Cumming, 107 Old Goulais Bay Rd , (Please see ad on page 7) PATRICK LILLIE - MORTGAGE SPECIALIST ROYAL BANK OF CANADA You may be ready to buy your first home sooner than you think! Buying your first home can be exciting, but also overwhelming. As a mobile mortgage specialist with RBC Royal Bank, I can provide the advice and information you need to buy a home sooner and avoid common pitfalls along the way. Call me and I can meet with you at your home, workplace or any other spot that s convenient for you. Weekdays, weekends or evenings. I ll also send you our FREE guide: 8 Common Mistakes Most First-time Homebuyers Make and How to Avoid Them. It s a great way to get ready to buy your home with confidence. Call me today to receive your FREE guide. C , T , F (Please see ad on page 11) BELLEVUE CABINETRY & INTERIORS DREAM KITCHENS Kitchens are vital hubs for gathering, as well as places to focus our most inspired decorating dreams. As a cabinet maker and interior decorator, Denis and Ginette Breton, of Bellevue Cabinetry & Interiors, understand the importance of the kitchen being the centre of a home, and that it needs to be functional and inviting. When first meeting with the clients, we assess their goals and work towards planning their space with those needs in mind. There is no limit to the imagination. The design is only the beginning we follow up with quality crafted cabinets, and also offer general remodeling work. We believe that when all the elements are right when your new space is efficient, functional and beautiful, then a dream has been realized. Servicing Sault Ste. Marie & area since A Bellevue Valley Road, Goulais River, ON (Please see ad on page 33) SCHOLARS EDUCATION CENTRE Scholars Education Centre provides supplementary education services to students of all ages, from adult retraining, college preparation and IC3 computer certification, to tutoring, and supplementary education programs for children and youth. The key to our success is determining, through testing, the skill level of each client. By developing individualized programs based on existing skills, Scholars provides personalized instruction which improves achievement and understanding. Academic success increases confidence and self-esteem which, in turn, translates into a new attitude toward learning. Student success can have a positive effect on the dynamics of an entire family. With the rapid changes to our economy and workplaces, Scholars Employment Solutions provides workers in transition with the new skills required to gain or maintain employment in the careers of their choice. Our summer programs are a fantastic opportunity to get a jump on the next school year. Call us today at (Please see ad on page 18) GRANITE AND STONE DÉCOR The beauty and versatility of natural stone countertops make them universally desired. Yet few people are aware of just how economical natural stone really is. Often designers and homeowners are surprised to discover that natural stone countertops are far less costly than man-made imitations. However, the economy of natural stone is only one consideration. Its beauty, durability, practicality and elegance are unmatched. THERE IS NO EQUAL. Granite and Stone Décor is your one-stop shop for all natural stone needs. We make kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, fireplace surrounds, conference tables and furniture tops and carry well over 80 varieties of natural coloured granite with a number of edge treatments from which to select. Displaying a beauty and complexity that no man-made material can duplicate, granite has long been recognized as the premium countertop material. It is long-lasting, durable and available in a wide variety of colours and textures. The unique crystal patterns create a warm, inviting environment for your kitchen or bath composed primarily of quartz, feldspar and mica. Because each block of naturally created granite is unique, your countertop will be unparalleled, unlike anything else in the world. The granite is quarried in large blocks that cut into slabs measuring nine feet by five feet, although it is possible to find slabs as large as eleven by six feet. Granite and Stone Décor hand selects the slabs and fabricates beautiful granite countertops in our facility. With state-of-the-art machines and highly skilled craftsmen, your granite is professionally designed, fabricated and installed. Additionally, we have several hundred remnants available at substantial savings. With an informed and helpful staff on hand to answer your questions regarding colour selection and pricing, Granite and Stone Décor s experience will make choosing a natural product a pleasure. Granite and Stone Décor 1281 Great Northern Rd visit our (Please see ad on page 7) SUCCESSBIZ WOMEN S NETWORK Are you a business woman that wants to increase your network with other business women? Please Join Us! Meet other local business women, increase your network, and build your confidence in a supportive, encouraging & fun environment. Our members meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month (Sep. to June) from 7-9 pm in Sault Ste. Marie. Call today for your complimentary guest pass to our next meeting and see what the SWN is all about Network your way to Success! 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13 home & builder When Gene and his son-in-law John decided to build a vacation home on Lake Superior, they knew the remote location would pose some challenges. Continued on page 27 BY BROOKE MONTGOMERY // PHOTOGRAPHY BY COLIN CROWELL WILDERNESS Retreat There s a clear view of the property and Lake Superior from the upper deck of this beautiful summer home. LEFT: The home s bow-shaped front with a glass-enclosed deck is easy to notice when looking at it from the water s edge. 24 o u r h o m e s s u m m e r o u r h o m e s s u m m e r

14 home & builder LEFT: The L-shaped kitchen provides an efficient workspace for meal preparation. BELOW: Windows across the entire open living space provide a spectacular view and a great place to view beautiful lightning storms. RIGHT: Since many of the family members play, this Yamaha grand piano was a necessity. They didn t imagine the biggest one would be waiting for a bear to leave their garage so that a load of lumber could be delivered. Bears aren t the only wildlife to visit this beautiful, two-year-old home, situated in the middle of a conservation area. We see moose, wolves, even lynx, says Gene. And that s just the way these city dwellers like it. Both are avid outdoorsmen who have been coming to the area for over 20 years to fish, hike, boat, and relax in the natural environment. When they made the decision to build their wilderness retreat, Gene and John turned to Elgie Builders Ltd., a company with over 20 years experience in the home construction business. Mike Elgie, owner of the company, was eager to take on the job because he recognized what a unique project it was going to be. Not only did the owners want a home that would be in keeping with the natural environment in terms of its look but they also wanted it to be green. That meant Mike would have to do things a little differently with this home and it was a challenge he was eager to meet. Continued on page o u r h o m e s s u m m e r o u r h o m e s s u m m e r

15 home & builder The home is entirely powered by solar power from the panels located a short distance from the main building. TOP RIGHT: A parallam beam provides structural support and is a striking addition to the building. MIDDLE RIGHT: Located in the basement below ground level, the water tanks remain at a constant temperature even during cold winter months. BOTTOM RIGHT: Builder Mike Elgie stands at the upper entrance hall of the home. WINTER 2008 Premiere Issue First of all, to ensure they were limiting their ecological footprint, Gene and John consulted with Bill Walker of Walker Engineering in Sault Ste. Marie to conduct an environmental assessment. With his input, they decided to build a house that was completely off the grid electricity, water and heat are all generated on-site. The home is solar powered using a system designed by Environ- Energy Technologies. Twelve panels on two mounting structures harness enough energy to power a hot water tank, electric stove, refrigerator, toaster and lights. The water system is also self-contained. Designed jointly by the homeowners and Elgie Builders, it is both simple and efficient. Water is pumped directly from Lake Superior into three 600-gallon holding tanks in the basement of the property using over 250 feet of hose and a gaspowered pump. The tanks are linked together so that as one is depleted, the system automatically draws water from another tank. Gene, who is a retired engineer, carefully determined the amount of water that would be necessary for six people to stay three full weeks, using the washing machine, dishwasher, showers and toilets. The home is kept warm with a combination of wood heat provided by a woodstove in the living room and propane heaters, located at various points throughout the house. Gene and John wanted the design of the home to be something that would blend in with the natural environment and reflect their love of the water. They turned to David Gebhardt (Gebhardt Architect P.C.) and the resulting design is this eclectic blend of the rustic and the nautical. The second floor deck that runs along the entire front of the house is shaped like the prow of a boat and offers a panoramic view of the lake. Inside, natural wood contributes to the cosy feel of a cabin in the woods. The walls throughout the house are four-feet by 10-feet pine veneer panels and the kitchen boasts custom-built birch cabinets (H. Johnston & Sons) that work perfectly with the overall feel of the space. Continued on page 30 IN THE CITY ON THE WATER A FINE ARTIST ISLAND COMFORT plus p6 SENSATIONAL STYLE E PICKS 2 BEAUTIFUL HOMES 28 o u r h o m e s s u m m e r

16 home & builder The spectacular view of Lake Superior continues to the left of the home where one finds a private sand beach and a small guest cottage. TOP RIGHT: Beautiful detail in the staircase design is easily visible when looking down from the top floor of the home. BOTTOM RIGHT: Minimal furnishings in the upstairs bedrooms add to the airiness of the space, enhanced with a view of Lake Superior. Insurance Financial Investments Peace of Mind in a World of Uncertainty (705) Queen East St., Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 2B3 The most striking element inside is definitely the wall of windows manufactured by Jeld-Wen (Soo Mill Buildall), separating the living room from the deck. They are left uncovered so that the entire room is flooded with light and the beauty of the water, creating the feeling of truly being part of nature. The next thing to catch the eye in the living room is the Yamaha piano (Algoma Conservatory of Music), which holds pride of place. Everyone in our family plays says Gene, my wife, daughter, daughter-in-law, myself. As a result, a piano was a necessity to make this retreat feel like home. Getting it up to the second floor living room was easier said than done however; it had to be lifted to the deck with a crane and then maneuvered in the door, still in its box. Pioneer Construction provided the muscle for the operation. Upon entering the living room, one of the home s most noticeable architectural details is the massive Parallam support beam that stretches across the entire space. Supplied by Soo Mill, it is made of strand lumber and weighs over 3,000 pounds. By using a wood rather than steel beam, Mike was able to stay true to the overall theme of the home. Wall coverings are kept to a minimum; nature is the art of choice. There are just a few pieces that clearly reflect Gene and John s love of the outdoors. A framed print of Mist Fantasy, a painting by Group of Seven artist J.E.H. MacDonald, graces an upstairs bedroom while a spectacular Navaho rug, purchased in 1958 on a reservation in New Mexico, hangs above the living room couch. A series of wrought-iron coat pegs in the shape of fish add a touch of whimsy to the hallway. Gene and John couldn t be happier with their new getaway; it is a home truly at ease with the wilderness around it, which is exactly what these two urbanites were looking for. OH 30 o u r h o m e s s u m m e r

17 entertaining Cottage ETIQUETTE RULES OF RELAXATION HOW TO MAKE SURE YOU RE INVITED BACK NEXT YEAR So you re invited to spend the weekend at a cottage. Good for you. That means you re either a valued friend of the owner, or an endured tagalong that comes with a valued friend. In either case, if you re not an avid cottager, you may feel out of your element and worry about committing an accidental faux pas. Be mindful of some simple dos and don ts and you will WOW your host with how easy-going and low maintenance you are. DO COME PREPARED: Stock your backpack with your own towels, sleeping bag or linens, bug spray, organic soap/ shampoo and flashlight. Stock your cooler with your favourite food and drinks. You will be labeled a nuisance if you have to constantly borrow any of these items. DON T ARRIVE EMPTY-HANDED: Never underestimate the impact of a token of your appreciation. If you re unsure of what to get, go with a staple such as a bottle of wine, a tank of gas for the boat, or a gift certificate for the local marina or hardware store. If you can Dream it, we can Build it. CUSTOM KITCHENS COMPLETE RENOVATIONS HOME CONSTRUCTION DISTINCTIVE DESIGNS TO LAST A LIFETIME Bellevue Cabinetry & Interiors Goulais River, ON Ph: Fax: BY RYAN LECLAIRE COOK A MEAL FOR EVERYONE: Who doesn t love a guest who prepares a lovely meal and provides the Merlot to wash it down? Make sure it s something that you ve prepared before so you don t forget anything. Can I borrow a pinch of thyme, is acceptable. I completely forgot this dish requires pork, is not. EMBRACE THEIR TRADITIONS/RITUALS: Follow the pack. Even if it s not really your thing, be a good sport. If everyone has to take part in a skit around the campfire, put on your acting pants and ham it up with the others. If you head for the hammock while everybody else is playing volleyball, it won t go unnoticed. ADJUST YOUR DAILY SCHEDULE: If you re an early-riser and your hosts are still snoring, get up quietly and enjoy a coffee on the porch. If you wake up to the sound of them tinkering in the kitchen, it s time to rise and shine. Don t worry, you can catch a nap later. PITCH IN: There are always little projects around the cottage, especially if you re there at the start or end of the season. If you see a wall being painted, grab a brush. Chat with your host about the cottage s history while you work and toast a job well done with a cocktail afterwards. FORGET YOUR HOST IS VACATIONING: Cottage-time is sacred. Most cottagers wait all year for this and enter it into their day planner as I m gone. Adios, losers. Give your gracious hosts their space and time to relax. Do little things like find your own corkscrew instead of asking where everything is. GET TOO COMFORTABLE: Keep the personal items you pack to a minimum and keep everything together and neatly tucked away. In this relaxed setting, it s easy to get too cosy, but remember you re on someone else s turf. WASTE WATER: Ask your host about any special septic considerations you should be aware of. If they have a handpainted sign in the bathroom that reads If it s brown flush it down. If it s pee, let it be, they re being cute, but also probably being serious. Also keep shower-times as short as possible. BE A WHINER: Good advice anywhere, but it s easy to complain if you re not used to an absence of indoor plumbing, cable TV, cell service, or even hydro. Also, your host is very aware of the bugs and bad weather. They can t control them either. Just roll with it and brag to all your city friends about how you roughed it last weekend. OH 32 o u r h o m e s s u m m e r

18 feature Flowers Everywhere BY PAULINE CLARK // PHOTOGRAPHY BY COLIN CROWELL A flat roof, dark wood paneling, folding doors and an old shed she didn t want to step foot in. 34 o u r h o m e s s u m m e r Continued on page 36 This beautiful garden has won City Beautification awards and it s easy to see why. TOP LEFT: A pretty walkway leads to the front entrance of the home a subtle hint of what lies within. TOP RIGHT: Maggi and Fred Konkin enjoy time spent together in their garden. o u r h o m e s s u m m e r

19 feature That s how Maggi (Sparling) Konkin describes her home when she first saw it 23 years ago. She bought it anyway because she saw the backyard and the potential for a beautiful garden. Today, the house has a peaked roof (Big Daddy Roofing), a new sun room, a front veranda, an interior that s almost completely white with pastel accents, and best of all a garden to die for. Unique to the 53-year-old home are the huge windows and doors, measuring four feet by eight feet, which were left untouched because of their excellent condition. Indeed, the house style was a bit unusual in its time. It was even featured in a Better Homes and Gardens magazine article, a fact Maggi learned when a neighbour brought her the issue while touring the renovated home when it was part of the Art Gallery of Algoma s Home and Garden tour several years ago. Though the rooms are not large, they fit the lifestyle of this busy couple. We re retired, Maggi says. We entertain differently than we used to we like to go out for dinner with friends so we didn t need the space at home. Maggi and her husband Fred are both retired city employees. Still, there s plenty of room for entertaining in this flowery, feminine home. That s the style that s apparent as soon as you enter the Sun Lounge a name indicated by the little pink sign hanging on the wall. The room, an add-on to the original home, features the signature white and pink pastels Maggi loves. A painting on the wall features a cottage home one of several similar style paintings found throughout the home. I didn t even realize I was drawn to these paintings until I looked around one day and realized how many rooms have one similar, confides Maggi. Straw wreaths, dried flowers, tissue boxes crafted into miniature sofas and angel night-light covers are all part of this signature style Maggi has created. The entry hall floor has original ceramic tile. Black wrought-iron trim on the door frame leading into the music room has been painted white and decked out with mini lights. This is the only room where Maggi veered away from the pastels. The room was inspired by her black guitar and a picture of Elvis. It s a room that s out of character for me but it s wine and music and happy times in here, she says. Walls have been painted a soft beige. The outer wall still has the home s original cement tiles. A Liberace ashtray is one of the many musically-inspired items scattered around the tiny room. A once copper wood burning fireplace, now painted black, is rumoured to have been made by the same person who created the Wawa Goose landmark. A sectional sofa, with black and beige cushions, fronts a vertical blind that acts as a false wall separating this room from Fred s private space on the other side. The couple chose not to install a wall, as the larger room could be a future selling point. Continued on page 38 TOP LEFT: Floor-to-ceiling glass doors help to create the illusion of space in this small country cottage style home. TOP RIGHT: The Sun Lounge was added on to the home by the Konkins and is now one of their favourite spots to relax. MIDDLE LEFT: Maggi, who loves to bake, has three ovens and uses all of them. MIDDLE RIGHT: This black guitar was the original inspiration for this music room. MIDDLE FAR RIGHT: Maggi calls the music room a place for wine and music and happy times. BOTTOM: Maggi loves to frequent antique shops and she s found many of her furnishings and décor items during those trips. 36 o u r h o m e s s u m m e r o u r h o m e s s u m m e r

20 feature The Garden Manor does double duty as a garden shed and a little hangout for Maggi. TOP: There s a retro feel to the blue willow floral décor of the guest bedroom. MIDDLE LEFT: Guests can even cosy up in a chair next to the fireplace in this bedroom. MIDDLE RIGHT: Blue Willow pieces like these dishes are displayed throughout the guest room. BELOW: Though tiny inside, the Garden Manor is the perfect spot for lunch or tea and it s equipped for both. TOP RIGHT: The floral theme has been brought to the garden with this pretty chintz teacup bird feeder. BOTTOM RIGHT: A teddy bear on the swing adds to the whimsical, homey feel of the garden. BOTTOM: The floral theme continues in the master bedroom with bed linens and curtains created from a daughter s old bridesmaids dresses after finding the wall paper border to match. Not that there s any intention of selling. In fact, Maggi says they want to grow old here. We wanted everything on one level for easy access in the future I think it s important to want to grow old in your house, she says. The open concept living/dining area is mostly turquoise and white with splashes of pink. Lace curtains cover the garden doors that lead to the bedrooms. China dolls, in frilly flowered outfits, are set up at a miniature tea table in a corner of the room. The table, like many of Maggi s décor items, was found at an antique shop. Hardwood flooring was installed throughout the main part of the home and ceramic tiles replaced carpeting in the front hall and bathroom area. Most of the home s renovations were completed with the help of Todd Killam (Blue Collar Contracting). Building materials have come from Soo Mill Buildall, RONA Cashway and Arrow Home Hardware Building Centre. Three high-back stools are tucked under one edge of the island (Soo Mill Buildall) that divides the kitchen area. The counter is lower than the sink counter, providing an ideal surface for food preparation. An avid baker, Maggi has three ovens and uses all of them. A new window (Northern Exteriors) was installed over the sink. The guest bedroom is a bold splash of blue willow floral, a colour scheme that was inspired by the ceramic bowl and pitcher Maggi once made at a ceramics class. More flowers abound in the master bedroom where the linens have been created from bridesmaids dresses worn at daughter Stephanie s wedding. Local seamstress Janice Cummings brought the idea to life after Maggi found a matching wallpaper border. Despite the beautiful cottage feel in the home, it s the backyard that catches one s eye. It s in full view through the three original floor-toceiling windows in the dining area. The centre pane is a sliding door. Just outside is Maggi s Garden Manor, a stylish storage building/ retreat built just last year. A brick walkway leads down to the garden where a wooden bridge crosses a small stream that runs through the property. Perennial gardens are already in bloom and Maggi, an avid gardener, will plant annuals to ensure blooms all summer long. Mini lights, installed in the tall trees and the smaller shrubs through underground wiring, are controlled by a master switch in the house. Music can also be pumped to the garden as well as to other areas of the property. A small table in front of a fireplace and a gazebo further back provide an assortment of sitting areas. You can design something but then you have to live with it for a while to see how it works and sometimes you need to make little changes, Maggi says. We do that all the time. Every year there s another project but I love it here. I just love it, she declares. OH 38 o u r h o m e s s u m m e r o u r h o m e s s u m m e r

21 people directory RIGHT: Cathy Barton first designed one of these detailed stained glass birdhouses at the request of a customer. BELOW LEFT: Barton assembles a decorative flowered bowl at her basement work table. BELOW RIGHT: These stained glass candlesticks even have gemstones added to the design. BY PAULINE CLARK // PHOTOGRAPHY BY GENE SANTORO Art of Glass Sometimes it takes a little dose of reality for one to appreciate the truly good things in life. Just ask stained glass artist, Cathy Barton. After being diagnosed with breast cancer 10 years ago, Barton decided it was time to start enjoying life a little more. That s when she retired from her job as a nurse. A long-time crafter, she had taken a class in stained glass at the Art Gallery of Algoma and turned it into a passion. I never intended for it to get this big, she laughs as she spreads her arms to point out the large space in her family rec room that s been taken over by tools, supplies and finished product. My husband pleads with me to not buy anything else, she laughs. The finished product includes a variety of home décor items, ranging from sun catchers, birdhouses and small table lamps to candle holders, recipe boxes and dishes. I like creating the more tedious items, says Barton. And I like to keep my items affordable for everyone I find it so much fun to see people like something and be able to buy it. Creating stained glass art is more complicated than some might think. Sheets of glass come in a large variety of colours and textures and prices vary accordingly. Red glass costs more because it has gold in it, reveals Barton. While patterns are available, Barton makes her own. Many are based on customer requests. Once the glass is cut, the edges of each piece are ground smooth and then foiled so that solder has something to adhere to. Pieces are then soldered together, cleaned and polished. Other steps can include beading on the solder and adding a patina after the glass is cleaned. The solder lines fit together like a jigsaw puzzle and this is where the quality of the art comes in, Barton explains. After taking that class many years ago, Barton dabbled for a few years. She still had her sons at home and was working so time was limited. Once she retired, she went from using pre-bought patterns to creating her own. You evolve from the plainer, simpler pieces to getting more and more creative, she says. Her most popular items have been angels, night lights and kaleidoscopes, which she calls the perfect gift when you don t know what to buy someone. Today Barton rarely does just one of any item at a time. She will cut out several of the same pieces, grind them all, add foil to the edges and place them in boxes ready to go to the cottage in the summer where she ll spend time sitting in the porch assembling. A long-time recycler since before it was even cool, Barton makes tiny decorative items with her leftovers and has friends save bags and boxes for her. This helps her to keep her prices as affordable as possible. From surviving breast cancer to battling arthritis, Barton says her journey has been amazing. From taking a little course in stained glass to this it s been good, she says. Barton plans to attend four shows this year; Arts on the Dock (Hilton Beach, July 19), Sylvan Circle Tour (Echo Bay to Bruce Mines, September 12), and in November at Jan Miller s Show (Waterfront Inn, Sault Ste. Marie) and the Hilton Beach Christmas Show. You can also reach Barton at or via at OH OUR HOMES attracts the area s finest businesses to advertise in our pages, and utilize our unparalleled distribution and coffee-table appeal to market their products and services. We re making it easier for you, our readers, to become educated as you plan your home-and real estate-related purchasing decisions. View these business ads online at The listings below are organized alphabetically by industry. ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES OUR HOMES SAULT STE. 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