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MAR 2019

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INNISFIL, ONTARIO — Kevin Swart's clients live a very fast-paced city lifestyle in Toronto, so when they decided to build a log home about an hour away on Lake Simcoe, they wanted it to serve as their getaway. They also wanted to create a place where they could easily accom- modate and entertain guests, especially their large extended families. Several features of the home – built with the collaborative efforts of Chervin Kitchen & Bath, True North Log Homes (log home provider) and Construct & Conserve (build- er) – help accomplish those goals, including the massive stone fireplace that takes center stage in the main-level family room and additional fireplaces in the master bedroom and lower-level family room. An expansive wrap-around, main-level deck, cantilevered second-level balcony and lower-level patio showcase views that overlook and provide access to the pool and lake beyond. ULTIMATE ENTERTAINING For the ultimate in entertaining, their home also includes two kitchens: their personal kitchen on the main level and a second kitchen, designed for hosting visitors, on the lower level. Each is well-app ointed with vintage-style Elmira Stove Works appliances that influenced much of the material and product selections, complemented with custom cabinetry by Chervin Kitchen & Bath and additional design elements that make it effortless to host large groups of people. "They entertain a lot," says Swart, director of sales and design at Chervin Kitchen & Bath's Muskoka (Port Carling) location. The company has two additional showrooms in Waterloo and Oakville. "When their family comes over, every- one gathers in the lower level where they have access to the patio, pool and lake. Having a kitchen on this level makes it easy to accommo- date anything from ordering pizza to making a separate meal." An open floorplan, which is evident through- out the home, also enhances entertaining. "We kept the floorplan as open as possible because the clients wanted the kitchens to feel like they were part of the nearby rooms," says Mark Wrightman, marketing manager for True North Log Homes, who adds that the home earned a 2019 National Association of Home Builders' award for Excellence in Home Design for the log construction category. "Kitchens are also such a focal point of any home, with guests always gathered around an island to enjoy drinks and appetizers while someone is cooking. They are called the heart of the home for a reason!" An added element that enhances the functionality of the lower-level kitchen is the expansive three-tiered island. Its generous foot- print offers plenty of space for the abundance of food that is served when their families come together. "They have one entire tier for seating," Swart says, noting it can seat as many as eight people. "The second tier is for food…and so is the upper tier. It's designed for extreme entertaining!" At the island's base is custom frameless maple cabinetry sheathed in an exclusive Cabin Boasts Culinary Double Take BY KIM BERNDTSON For the ultimate in entertaining, this Lake Simcoe log home getaway features a second kitchen dedicated to hosting family and friends. CUSTOM VENTILATION HOOD Showcases an Old World vibe LOWER-LEVEL KITCHEN MULTI-TIERED ISLAND Provides plenty of space for ultimate entertaining VINTAGE-STYLE APPLIANCES Serve as inspiration for the design of the entire kitchen Photos: True North Log Homes 36 Kitchen & Bath Design News • March 2019 PROJECT CASE STUDY SPOTLIGHT ON CREATIVE, PROBLEM-SOLVING KITCHENS AND BATHS

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