Custom -Minto built “Dream Home” now for sale

NOW AVAILABLE  AT 1.6  MILLION 

Fully customized, with the help of Top Ottawa interior designer Tanya Collins,and with direction by  Architect Christopher Simmons, premier builder Minto Homes and their design team have made this a showplace residence which is spectacular but very very liveable for all types of families.

This  grand  home of 5577 sq. ft is  in Potter’s Key. Near Hazeldean and Carp roads. The home sits on an oversized pie-shaped lot that backs onto the Feedmill Creek conservation area..A peaceful and private outside entertaining area with a secluded view.

The finest finishes and quality trades worked together to create this “dream come true”

Acclaimed Ottawa architect Christopher Simmonds had a hand in the design of the home and its layout.

“I felt that it was representative of how a family might use the home,” Simmonds says of the concept he passed along.

Interior designer Tanya Collins has given the home a unified, contemporary look using a palette of black, white and gold, with splashes of bold colour to enliven some of the spaces. Custom cabinetry and built ins as well as top quality fixtures and lighting add to the richness of the spaces.

The Collins and  Simmonds collaboration on this home was perfect harmony are known for a contemporary influence, .Featuring clean lines and simplicity with a touch of elegance the colours chosen emphasizes the glamour while bringing a timeless look.

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“I wanted something kind of glamorous, but livable at the same time,” says Collins. “The luxury of the finishes, lounge-y seating so it invites you to come in and sit down, something stylish and not typical.”

MAIN FLOOR SUITE OR LOUNGE

At 473 square feet, this main-floor suite off the kitchen is  perfect as a guest suite – teen agers space- live in apartment or as a private office this room is looking out to the private greenery of the Feedmill creek conservation area.

It comes complete with walk-in closet and a fully accessible ensuite with a “Palm Beach vibe” in Kelly green, says Collins.

“We’ve made it look like a little mini condo.”  “So that if someone wanted to live on all one level instead of having to hike up the stairs, they could.”

The 2nd floor Bedroom and family room Lounge areas

Upstairs, the spacious landing welcomes you to the bedroom suites and includes a lounge.

Master suite

A peaceful and soothing master suite that “feels a bit like you’re in the Bahamas,” Collins says has a lovely calm and sunny feel with a spa bathroom done in tones of whites and dressing room for your cloths.”

“This walk-in closet is spectacular,” gushes Collins. The closet master walk in closet features custom built-ins with  millwork to make them feel like furniture.

The Kids Rooms

One of the brightest pops of colour in the home is in the two rooms set aside for “the girls”. There are two wonderful rooms that are connected thru wall cutouts . One for sleeping and one for playing. 

Staying Alive “in the lower level

The 70’s vibe in the lower level make for a vibrant and fun family space

There’s plenty of additional  room as only about  half of the basement is finished. The finished part includes a bathroom and a great media room to kick back and watch the game or your favorite movie.

Whether you use the roller rink this is a great room for the kids to hang out or do a throw back party with a disco floor ( disco ball included)- just wear the bell bottoms and  bring the music and do your best disco moves!

The Lower Level is partially above ground at the back of the home so the windows are big and bright. “It doesn’t feel like a basement,” says Collins.

 

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Fall in Love- Call of the Fall- ottawa

Taken from part of an article from Sept 23rd, 2017 in the Globe and Mail

I have noticed lately that Canada is being used more and more as a place to visit

In this article we are grouped with Aix-en-Provence, France, Zion National Park-Utah Kyoto, Japan and Buenos Aires . Some very fine company indeed!

As much as I loved the Mosaï Canada 150 horticultural exhibit across the Ottawa River from Parliament Hill, a nagging voice inside my head kept questioning my timing. “You picked July 2 to come here?” it asked incredulously. “What’s wrong with you?”

It had a point: Like much of the National Capital Region, Gatineau’s Jacques-Cartier Park was distractingly jammed with Canada Day revellers snapping selfies amid the 33 sculptures covered in more than 80 plant varieties. The enchanting walk-through was worth the wait in line – it cost nothing, after all – but that didn’t stop the voice from adding, “You should have come in the fall!”

Indeed, many popular destinations can be hot, hectic and hideously overpriced between late June and Labour Day. The fall, however, is another story: Crowds dissipate, temperatures moderate and prices drop on everything from hotels and tours to meals and flights. Combine this seasonal detente with new digs, dining options and diversions, and these five places are primed for crisper temperatures.

Good things may well come to those who have waited to celebrate the sesquicentennial in the country’s capital city. Along with the usual suspects – Parliament Hill tours, museum-hopping, Rideau Canal cruises and so on – most Canada 150-inspired happenings are still going strong. MosaïCanada, for instance, may become even more enchanting when its carex grasses turn from green to gold before the show ends on Oct. 15.

At the National Gallery, the 4,180- square-metre Canadian and Indigenous Galleries display nearly 800 paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs and decorative objects from across the country, while the Arctic Gallery at the Canadian Museum of Nature is home to more than 200 specimens and artifacts. Then there’s the Canadian Museum of History’s new Canadian History Hall, which is billed as “the largest and most comprehensive exhibition about Canadian history ever created.”

In fact, summer visitors arrived too early for two of the most compelling diversions. Starting in early October, when the fall colours of nearby Gatineau Park are typically at their peak, the Ottawa River’s Chaudière Falls will be adorned with ambient lighting and sound effects that aim to evoke the region’s Algonquin heritage. Then, on Nov. 17, the Canada Science and Technology Museum will mark its 50th anniversary by reopening after $80.5-million in repairs and upgrades.

Eat: If summer weather lingers, Ola Cocina’s street-corner patio is ideal for dining on hand-pressed tortilla-wrapped duck confit and delicate dulce de leche-dippedchurros.

Stay: Ottawa’s hotel scene was not immune to the Canada 150 effect, with downtown’s stylish and inexpensive Alt Hotel opening last year, and the upscale Andaz Ottawa Byward Market doing likewise in its namesake ‘hood.

Tip: Free tickets for daily guided tours of the Centre Block are available across from Parliament Hill at 90 Wellington St. Visitors can choose to take the elevator up the Peace Tower to see the Memorial Chamber on their own, but they still require a ticket to do so.

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