Here is a preview of what you can expect to see at the 2016 Port Perry Town & Country House Tour!
Tour Stop # 1:This century house was built in approximately 1880 and has been lovingly restored, featuring original wood floors, woodwork trim, pocket doors, lathe and plaster curved ceilings, front door and bell. All of the interior wall colours are historical and relevant to the period. The property has 4 bedrooms, a parlor, living room, country kitchen, and two-car garage. A large games and hobby room have been added to the original two-storey house.
Tour Stop # 4:Come and be inspired by this house which is an excellent example of a 1970’s side-split transformed into a modern family home. Outside, no detail has been left untouched, from the new decks overlooking the backyard and gardens around the pool, to the stone front steps and updated siding. Rooms will feature before and after photos so visitors can fully appreciate the transformation the renovations have made. Each room has unique, whimsical touches that personalize this home.
Tour Stop # 7:As you enter the front door of this lakeside home, you will find yourself on the upper level overlooking the lake. The California inspired design centres around the natural environment maximizing the lake view. On all levels, this home connects the interior with the exterior featuring 24-foot ceilings, walls of cedar with Douglas fir beams and floor-to-ceiling windows. Substantial solid brick columns extend outside the house and carry onto the inside. Stand on the large, indoor balcony overlooking the 900 square foot great room below and take in the grand piano, wood burning fireplace, and the relaxing seating areas with a walkout to the lakeside patio and pool area.
Tour Stop # 2:Set on a half-acre lot among mature trees on a quiet street in Port Perry, this 30-year-old bungalow has been remodeled with exquisite, modern decor. Simple, clean lines offer a sense of quiet order and luxury. Designed by the talented homeowners, well-thought-out functionality is incorporated into every room. They have spent countless hours searching out specialty features such as crystal light fixtures, remote control blinds, and gas and electric fireplaces. The master bedroom features an ensuite bath with a remote controlled skylight above the tub and a large, renovated, adjoining walk-in closet, which was formerly a bedroom.
Tour Stop # 5:In 2015, we welcomed house tour guests into this century home. This year, we are featuring the garden only, highlighting its recent transformation from overgrown to sculptural. Dave and Adam Forrest of Arbor Landscaping has brought the beauty of this established yard to life. Set on a half-acre lot, this full two-storey home, built in 1859, is surrounded by a variety of large, mature trees. At the rear of the yard, which backs onto 11 other properties, is a majestic willow tree large enough to swing from. Sitting in the screened-in porch at the rear of the house, you feel as if you are at a cottage up north, despite being in the centre of town! A winding, flagstone path leads to a secluded sitting area, surrounded by lovely, manicured gardens. The imaginative kidney-shaped flagstone fire pit and large grassy area provide ample space for special family times.
Tour Stop # 8:In 1866, the current red brick building was built at the southeast corner of Jeffrey and Barber Streets. The cost of the land was $100 and the total cost of the building was $3,627. The dedication service for the new Wesleyan Methodist Church was held on Sunday, September 30, 1866. On June 10, 1925, the United Church of Canada was formed by the union of the Methodist and Presbyterian Churches of Canada. Prince Albert Methodist became Prince Albert United Church. In 1980, in the east gable, a memorial window was added. A beautiful stained glass window on the south wall of the sanctuary was donated by Earl and Jean Martyn in 1985.
Tour Stop # 3:Step back in time as you enter the Currie House, one of Port Perry’s earliest large brick homes (circa 1873). The Currie brothers, who built the grain elevator which still stands on the shore of Lake Scugog, were prominent businessmen in town during that era. One of the most striking features of this stately 2-storey home is the tower, which divides the wrap-around verandah and provides guests with a unique entrance into the centre hall. In the early days, the widow’s watch sitting room overlooked lower Port Perry and had a clear view of Lake Scugog.
Tour Stop # 6: As you walk around this house, both inside and out, you will be charmed by its modern craftsman-style interior and lovely gardens. This house also holds a secret that is not obvious at first glance. Custom built by Steve Snider in 2014, through the use of the German Passivhaus’ rigorous standards for high-energy efficiency, this home has a reduced ecological footprint. Due to numerous factors working together, such as its superinsulation, windows, air exchange systems, and the landscaping, a healthy home for both the owners and the environment was achieved.
Tour Stop # 9:This red brick church with the bell tower was built as a Methodist church in 1886. At the time of Union of the Presbyterian and Methodist churches in 1925, it became the Port Perry United Church. The upper level of the church is the sanctuary with stained glass windows, a balcony and choir loft. The pews, balcony and wood trim in the narthex and stairways are all original. Join us at The House Tour Café in the auditorium for home-made baked goods and refreshments served throughout the day.