This is a timber-frame home. The new timbers are Nova Scotia pine milled in Guysborough County. The reclaimed timbers are from a remarkable barn, formally located in Aberfoyle, Ontario, Victor’s family roots. Victor’s father and brother assisted in salvaging and preparing the timbers for shipping to Nova Scotia. The board and batten exterior is eastern hemlock, also milled in Guysborough County. The framing crew was directed by Nadine’s cousin, a local timber framer. All the exterior stone was gathered locally for the walls, steps and walkways.
All the interior doors are reclaimed. Many are formally exterior doors from our previous home, a stone edifice in downtown Guelph, Ontario. Our stair/railing system is the work of a local wrought iron craftsman from New Glasgow. The infill of the upper railing is reclaimed boards from a local abandoned home. The black walnut stair-treads was a tree felled in a downtown parking lot of a pub in Guelph, Ontario. Then the boards were made into stair-treads by a boat builder who resides in Ballantyne’s Cove.
The second floor walls are clad in local poplar, a rarely used or appreciated tree species in Canada. Our floors throughout the upper
floors are Quebec rock maple and Nova Scotia red pine.
Lower floors are ceramic throughout. The Beach room bathroom floor is reclaimed Italian marble. Our neighbour who is a mason and Victor built our three flu central massive chimney faced in slate.
Our Post and Beam home is designed to maximize passive solar gain. Our domestic hot water system is assisted via a solar hot water arrangement. The lower level features in-floor heating. Although we have several heating sources, we generally are able to heat our home strictly with wood. The Tulikivi will be our masonry radiant fireplace located centrally in the lower common area. It is being shipped from Finland and will be installed in May, 2014. Below is a sample picture.