Cathy and Danny have been involved with the Christmas Joy Home Tour in various ways over the past 10 years. They have previously had a home on the tour, been sponsors, and participated in decorating several homes.
This quaint bungalow has had a couple of facelifts since it was originally built in 1965, most recently after the Kellys purchased the home in 2019. Since then, the house has been updated inside and out.
A walk up the beautiful stone walkway sets the tone for this well-maintained and much-loved property. The front door opens into a beautiful, brightly lit foyer. The formal living room is on one side and a custom barn board door to the right.
The foyer opens to a new entrance leading to the open-concept kitchen, dining room and family room, and the hall to the bedrooms showcases hardwood from Sarmazian Brothers Flooring.
The bedrooms have been redesigned to allow upgraded features including pocket doors to allow maximum use of space. The main floor hosts a king-sized primary bedroom with a walk-in closet and an ensuite bathroom with heated floors. A second bedroom on the main floor provides a comfortable bed for overnight guests, with a large window overlooking the backyard.
The open-concept living space features a granite island perfect for entertaining and room for a dining table large enough for the Kellys to do one of their favourite things during the holidays, which is to gather around with family and friends–there is always room for one more!
What was once a 1990’s sunken family room addition is now raised and extends into the former garage, transforming the space into a functional home office/laundry room combo, all on one level.
A mudroom separates the main living area from the office space with access to a brightly lit basement suite. With a large bedroom, full bathroom, and a living area with a wet bar, guests will feel right at home and cozy with the fireplace.
The Kellys’ home is made particularly special by all of the personal pieces that decorate and adorn it. A few select treasures include Cathy’s grandmother’s Singer treadle sewing machine, her father’s rocking chair, her mother-in-law’s china cabinet, and a custom-painted barrel with lighthouses and a glass top through which to view a lovely assortment of stones, shells, and sea glass from “down-home,” Newfoundland. Other artwork throughout the home reflects Cathy’s and Danny’s love of nature, and each piece tells a story. In the main bathroom, look for “the door”–there is a special story attached to it.
Outside the home, the beautiful outdoor space features gardens, a new deck, a fire pit, and a large garage/shop. One of the maple trees in the yard is a reminder of a tornado that touched down in 2000. The tree was donated and planted by Lakeside Church and continues to flourish today–a constant reminder of peace, love, and JOY!