Archives for September 2018

Southampton House

Our Homes Grey-Bruce: Fly Fisherman Catches a River Getaway

What began as a project to simply store his boats near the Saugeen River, an avid fly fisherman’s dream soon turned into a unique build – one that stands out for custom homebuilders and renovators Ben and Dylan Freeburn of Alair Homes Grey Bruce.
With a sweeping driveway and impressive entrance, Armando Pagliari’s cottage adds charm to the historic Southampton neighbourhood. Most would assume from the outside that it is a regular home. “We went to the drawing board to come up with the best sort of plan to house his boats, allow for space and provide the one-and-a-half storey development he was looking for,” explains Ben.
The tinted, poured-concrete driveway leads to garage doors at both the cottage and detatched garage behind. Warm Estate stone (Shouldice Designer Stone) complements the cottage’s brown shingles, its beautiful wooden door with notable transoms (Van Dolder’s Custom Exteriors) and old-world lantern above (Martin’s Home Hardware). “We wanted the front elevation to be as residential as possible,” Ben says.


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Our Homes People Fall 2018

Our Homes Grey-Bruce Fall 2018: All in the Family

Tell us how your family business got its start: Andy Van Dolder began his career in the home improvement business in his teens, selling doors for his brother out of the back of his truck. In 1964, he opened Cash and Carry Aluminum in Annan and after many years of successfully growing the business, the company eventually became the Van Dolder’s Home Team. In 2009, with his two sons, Kris and Tim, Andy constructed a new village-style showroom at their landmark location on Highway 26 in Owen Sound. This spring they opened a second showroom in Collingwood.
What is the focus of your company? The Van Dolder’s Home Team sells and installs some of the best quality home improvement products. This includes windows, doors, siding, decking, awnings, pergolas, eaves, gutters, garage doors and finishing touches for homes and cottages. If it goes on the outside of your house, you’ll find it on the inside of ours!
What do you enjoy most about the fall in Grey and Bruce? The fall means a return to following the young children around to different arenas as they play hockey. It’s also a time for getting together to share family barbecues and spending time outdoors enjoying the fall colours.



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