To describe the home of Dan and Chris Lemay as meticulous might be an understatement. The 5,000-square-foot home, built behind the first hole of the Camelot golf course in Cumberland, is a stunning example of attention to detail taken to the highest of levels.
It's a challenge to decide whether the interior or the exterior offers the biggest wow factor. But when visiting the home on a blue-sky day, when the backyard presents an exotic escape with its sleek loungers, palm trees and a pool with waterfall features - the outdoor retreat looks like the winner! Yet, after stepping inside the bungalow, the second-guessing begins. Here, the surrounding windows not only bring in the outside all year round, they are also fitted with motorized shades that are timed to open and close with the sun for an enhanced sense of outdoor living.
Both inside and out, the newly built home showcases the careful thought process from concept to completion. And it was a family affair, with input and plans drawn up by the Lemays' nephew Julien Lemay, who is currently an architectural student, as well as many implemented ideas from Dan and Chris themselves. The house is a tribute to the couple, who did their research and came up with innovative and creative ways to incorporate concepts they admired while touring home and design shows in Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa.
While there is an element of intrigue in every aspect of the home, there is also unity. Three primary materials appear throughout the contemporary space to create harmony, along with touches of slick details that work perfectly together. Walnut is the wood of choice for trim, cabinetry and floors, while cork and leather appear in all the right places. A floating floor in the dining room is leather, as is the dramatic headboard in the master bedroom.
The kitchen is a sleek, contemporary combination of grey lacquer and American walnut. They are the only two materials used on cabinetry in the kitchen and the six bathrooms (including powder rooms). Pierre Dromaguet with Potvin Construction worked with the Lemays to execute space for entertaining. He designed the sizable kitchen to include a large pantry equipped with a commercial fridge.
"You don't feel crowded in here - we each have our own space," says Chris who enjoys the easy entertaining aspect of the home. Since the couple moved in a year ago they have hosted several large gatherings.
Dan credits Potvin for implementing many of the interior details, including the trim and posts, which are an integral part of the architectural detailing. A floating ceiling in black walnut that is suspended in the living room with aircraft cables, is a feature that was designed by Dan and built by his cousin. Ideas came to the Lemays through many sources, including the popular design website Houzz. Chris found the leather headboard in the master bedroom on the site.
The meticulous attention to detail carries on from the main-floor living space to the basement, where there is office space, a workout room, entertainment room and a show-stopping wine cellar. Dan stocks the luxury 600-bottle unit with recommendations from local wine connoisseur Natalie MacLean.
The exterior architecture is a combination of Arriscraft stone from Merkley Supply, wood composite from Spain and PVC cladding. It emphasizes the clean lines that are reflected in the overall contemporary décor inside. Front-to-back landscaping, executed by DX Pools & Landscaping, highlights the overall feeling of a luxury escape.
With a grand home on a golf course, the Lemays have the perfect combination of home and away. Dan sums it up nicely when he confesses, with a nod towards the first tee, "I go over there to work on my golf," and adds with a wave of his hand over his backyard, "and come back here to play. . . "