Media, June 1 2020

Custom home by Maple Leaf is built into a ridge

Maple Leaf Custom Homes uses the Dunrobin landscape to create two ground floors

by Catherine Lawson (https://ottawacitizen.com)

Cutting into a ridge to build a dream home has one disadvantage. “There’s a lot of rock to chip,” quips Brian Saumure of Maple Leaf Custom Homes, the company responsible for this chic, nature-friendly home on a three-acre lot in Dunrobin.

The benefits for the active, outdoorsy couple who live here are immense, however. Jeff and Nancy McAllister have the perfect home in which to live, work and party. In the past two years, there have been “lots of great get-togethers,” says Nancy.

It’s no surprise the three-bedroom home was a finalist at last fall’s Housing Design Awards put on by the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association for custom homes under 2,400 square feet.

The surprise in the design is that this house has two ground levels. Enter the front door, climb the dramatic staircase to the kitchen/dining area and you are once again at ground level, with walkouts on three sides to a deck, a barbecue area and a hot tub. It’s the happy result of all that rock chipping. Beyond are 100 acres of woodland and glimpses of the Eardley Escarpment.

Touring the home with Nancy and Jeff, who are both 43, you can feel their enthusiasm, so it comes as a surprise to learn the two-year-old home has just gone on the market. Jeff, recently retired from the military, has joined Nancy in her network marketing business. It means they can live anywhere, and they are considering Kelowna, B.C.

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