Our Country Home
After having dreamed of moving to the country since I was a child visiting my aunt and uncle's farm, we took the leap in 2015 and bought a home in the country. Inspired by the ideals of homesteading and permaculture we set up our property as a small working farm. Our interest and passion led us to take on more than our property could manage and in 2021 we moved to a larger property nestled in the hills of Bruce County.
Built in the late 1970s, the property consists 0f 48.5 acres of rolling hills, woodland, and pasture. The property had been severed from the original farmhouse which retained 1.5 acres and has since been demolished. The home, unusual for this period located at the top of a winding lane overlooking the barn, hills, and fields. Unusual for the time, it is an open concept timber frame construction home using British Columbia cedar timbers as well as beams reclaimed from a nearby farm which was being demolished. The home's exterior is constructed of board and batten wood siding and Wiarton stone. The Wiarton stone is also used on the fireplace extending over three floors and is the focal point of the home.
John Muir was an influential Scottish-American naturalist, author, philosopher, botanist, zoologist, glaciologist, and an early advocate for the preservation of wilderness in America. He co-founded The Sierra Club, a prominent American conservation organization. He has been described as a patron saint of 20th century American environmental activity. Muir travelled throughout North America and even to Howick County in 1874 where he stayed at our previous home and painted a watercolour as a thank you for the hospitality he was shown. As a result, we have become interested in his writings and feel an even stronger connection to his philosophy of nature in our new home.
"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul". John Muir
The small barn was being used as storage and had not housed livestock in many years. As soon as we moved in we began renovations on the building. Additions were added including a run-in shelter for the sheep, a goose house, and a lean-to for hay and tractor storage. A concrete floor was poured and stalls were set up to provide housing for the goats, poultry, and birthing pens for the ewes. A large common area provides a space for shearing. Water was brought to the barn and a complete electrical overhaul was completed. A chicken coop and separate outbuilding were added to provide housing for pigs.
Welcome to our home.
We have always enjoyed living in older homes having restored a 1903 Victorian home in Kitchener and our previous 1864 Victorian farmhouse in Huron County. Of course any home we live in needs to be full of character and this home doesn't disappoint. Timber frame construction, stone, and loads of wood create a very warm masculine atmosphere that blends perfectly with the landscape. It is a great space to showcase handcrafted fixtures, furnishings and artwork.