Parisian design but with a twist

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Paris has come to Kanata in the form of 2022 Minto Dream Home.

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The home accounts for the majority of the $3.4 million grand prize in the annual CHEO Dream of a Lifetime lottery, which launched on September 7, and designer Tanya Collins was inspired by the quintessential Parisian apartment when designing this year’s home .

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“This all came from watching Emily in Paris with my teenage daughter,” Collins admitted at the lottery launch. “I fell in love with Paris all over again.”

Although the exterior is a modern prairie style to better fit in with the urban landscape, the interior is modeled after the Haussmannian style that dominated the architecture of central Paris in the late 19th century and still defines the city today.

“It usually has large, bright, open rooms, tall windows, applied wall trim, herringbone floors, iron railings,” she says. “The flavor is there for sure.”

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The backyard is ample, with room for a hot tub and pergola, a raised deck with glass railings to keep the view out, a ground level seating area, and room to play.  To one side, hidden behind the third garage, is the private balcony of the guest suite.
The backyard is ample, with room for a hot tub and pergola, a raised deck with glass railings to keep the view out, a ground level seating area, and room to play. To one side, hidden behind the third garage, is the private balcony of the guest suite. Photo by Photo courtesy of Rhonda McIntosh, CHEO Foundation

But as he is known to do, Collins puts his own spin on things, mixing old and new styles for a fresh look. This is the fifth dream house of his that Collins has done the interior design for, and each house has a different personality. Last year’s house, for example, was a mix of mid-century modern and Southwestern.

Where this year’s version leans a bit towards the feminine, next year’s house, which he started planning even before this year’s was finished, will be more masculine, he says.

This year’s house is called Le Rêve, which appropriately means dream. It is based on the Quinton with Guest Suite model from Minto Communities, designed by Product Development Manager Karen van der Velden and introduced in 2020.

“It’s a multi-generational house, inspired by the pandemic to ensure you can have a guest suite on the main floor with a three-piece bath so you can have your loved ones connected on the main floor,” says van der Velden.

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The master suite bathroom features a glass-enclosed wet area with a freestanding antique-style tub and separate shower.
The master suite bathroom features a glass-enclosed wet area with a freestanding antique-style tub and separate shower. Photo by Photo courtesy of Rhonda McIntosh, CHEO Foundation

It’s typically a six-bedroom home (five upstairs and the main floor suite) with an optional seventh bedroom in the basement and comes with 3,400 square feet (not including basement) and 4.5 baths.

Surprisingly little of the original floor plan has been altered to make it your dream home. On the main floor, the formal living room and dining room were combined into a grand dining room with a neoclassical fireplace, the dining room openings to the kitchen and family room were converted to arches, there was plenty of extra wide floor space for a guest suite balcony and a wraparound porch, and a third garage was added.

Upstairs, the bedroom at the top of the stairs was converted into a parlor with mullioned glass doors, the master suite was adjusted to convert the walk-in closet into a walk-in closet behind the bed (stealing some square footage from the nursery next door ) and a glass wall encloses a freestanding bathtub and wet shower area. With the finished basement, the house is 4,658 square feet.

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“I could live here, it’s a great space,” says Collins.

While the floor plan can be easily replicated, the interior design is definitely one of a kind. Tones are muted for the most part, with soft blushes, mustards and blues interspersed with bursts of boldness, like the powder room where the deep green color of the wall carries through to the ceiling, which is covered in textured wallpaper that looks painted tin.

“I have found many different colors, but in small doses. It’s not going to be completely colorless, but it’s definitely neutral overall,” says Collins.

The master bedroom, with blush pink walls, has been reconfigured to allow for a walk-in closet behind the bed.
The master bedroom, with blush pink walls, has been reconfigured to allow for a walk-in closet behind the bed. Photo by Photo courtesy of Rhonda McIntosh, CHEO Foundation

In another example of the unexpected, he gave each floor a different interior door color: black in the basement, white on the main floor (“so when you first walk in it feels very light and airy”), and chalk blue upstairs. .

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“Normally I wouldn’t do that, but with CHEO houses people are always looking for things that are a little bit different, so I’m just trying to mix it up a little bit,” she says.

The house also exhibits several energy-efficient features, including an innovative technology system from Panasonic to improve indoor air quality, rooftop solar panels with battery storage, reinforced insulation, and a gray water system to reduce water consumption by reuse shower water for toilets, says Van der Velden.

And for the first time, the house was built in a Minto community in Kanata, in well-established Arcadia. It sits on an oversized lot that overlooks a stormwater pond and the Carp River Conservation Area, offering uninterrupted natural views. It is also close to the Kanata Centrum and Signature Center shopping malls, as well as the Tanger Outlets, Canadian Tire Center and the popular South March Highlands Conservation Forest.

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This year's dream home is 4,658 square feet with three garages, five bedrooms, four full baths and two powder rooms.
This year’s dream home is 4,658 square feet with three garages, five bedrooms, four full baths and two powder rooms. Photo by Photo courtesy of Rhonda McIntosh, CHEO Foundation

If you go

What: 2022 Minto Dream Home in the CHEO Dream of a Lifetime Lottery

Where: 620 Winterset Rd., Kanata

When: Monday to Friday, from 12 noon to 8 p.m.; Thanksgiving weekends and Mondays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Virtual Tour: It is expected to be on the lottery website by the end of September

Tickets: $100 each or 3 for $250; 50/50 tickets, which can be purchased if you have a lottery ticket, are $10 each, five for $25 or 15 for $50. There are also packages that combine lottery and 50/50 tickets.

Where to buy: dreamofalifetime.ca or by phone at 613-722-5437 or 1-877-562-5437. You can also shop for your dream home, but cash and checks are not accepted.

Deadlines: Early bird registration deadlines for various awards are September 23, October 28, and November 18. The deadline is December 16.

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