Nadeau Residence

Grand Bend, Ontario, Canada

Project Size: 1,200 sq.ft.
Project Cost: US$225,000
Completion Date: May, 2005

click on map to zoom and pan

In a small beach community on the shores of Lake Huron lay a dilapidated house in need of too much work to consider renovating. The owner decided to demolish the structure to make way for a new home and separate garage building. The new home was designed to keep the 'cottage' feel on the exterior to blend in with the local architecture. In contrast, a contemporary interior was designed to match the clients' modern lifestyle.

Grand Bend, which is located on the shores of Lake Huron, about 40 minutes north of London, is a town with a winter population of about 1,000 but explodes to over 10,000 in the summer months. Young vacationers rent rooms and cottages during this time and spend their days at the beach and nights at the local nightclubs.

Grand Bend beach on a sunny summer day
{short description of image}
Grand Bend, Lake Huron dock

Existing house from the back yard

Existing house from the street

Exceeding the house size from previous buildings on the lot meant many meetings with the planning authority to successfully secure a building permit. Working closely with Owner, Contractor, Engineers and Suppliers, enabled the clients vision of the space to be brought through to fruition.

Custom designed cabinetry, exposed structural beams, custom front entry door and lighting details all contributed to the satisfaction of the Owner. The result was a metal roofed, wood batten exterior with an open-concept interior which included solid maple floors, custom professional kitchen with stainless steel appliances, exposed steel beams, and custom lighting all produced within a tight budget.

Features include:
  • Exposed steel beams
  • Solid maple wood floors and commercial grade carpet in bedrooms
  • 21' ceiling to exposed steel beams
  • Professional kitchen with stainless steel counter open to dining area
  • Gas fireplace with stone hearth
  • Standing seam metal roof
  • Landscaped yard
  • 200 amp. electrical service
  • Located a few blocks from the beach

  • Professional appliances
  • Stainless steel backsplash & hood
  • Custom maple cabinets
  • slate flooring
  • Under-cabinet concealed heating
  • Large glass block window

  • Gas fireplace with stone hearth and 21' high stucco face
  • Custom built-in cabinet
  • Exposed steel beams
  • Glass block to exterior
  • Recessed accent lighting
  • Pre-wired for a/v installations

Second Floor:
  • Custom steel and glass handrail
  • Custom wood lighting panels
  • Solid core birch doors with stainless steel hardware

  • Custom cabinets
  • Slate floor
  • Large glass block window
  • Custom light fixtures
  • High sloped ceilings
Designer: Philip Nadeau
General Contractor: Charles Nadeau
Hardware Supplier: Trillium Hardware
Carpet Supplier: Gordon T. Sands
Structural Engineer: NCK Engineering Ltd.