Monday, 20 July 2015

My life as a House


  Vital signs,...or rather, Signs of Vitality, as she rips the roof off her house, and expands the world outside the box. Acrylic, 30" X 36",  2013

Endurance is a word I have used many times in my daily journaling. I have lived in this house for 22 years now. Longer than anywhere else! This house has meant so many things at different stages of life.
When we first moved in, this house was a tent, and we were campers. There were no floors, one pipe for water in the kitchen, walls were up, but the roof wasn't complete, or many other things. We camped indoors for the first year.

This house was bought because it needed to belong to an artist. that's essentially why we bought it. The unique architecture, open concept. Room to breathe, to dream. This house was a dream.

Then came years where this house was a family. Christmas trees, toys, many, many recitals. Some of you will remember the yearly talent show. A very exciting evening for us all! This house became a theatre.

As the kids grew, I started teaching art classes here, and the house became a studio. I started with Pastels for adults and children's classes, adding in the essential life drawing classes that grew and went on for many years.

The heart and soul of it all, everyone gathered around the coffee table, with fire glowing, hearts and minds sharing, learning, soulful connections. That's Our Cathy there on my couch! Chris B., and Elspeth!

This house saw me through my divorce and then this house was my sanctuary. This house was one thing I could count on, and became a place where I could find peace, and know that here, I could count on myself, if no one else. This house was Trust. This house was Strength. 

For many years I exhibited my work, first as solo art shows, then as part of the Red Trillium Studio Tour. My House became an art gallery. I would also advertise and promote my art classes through  this venue, and my house became a billboard, of what I am. I am an artist, a painter, and an art teacher.
My house became a symbol of who I am, and what I thought was important in life.

150 paintings that became 125 paintings in my first published book, A Time to Dance, were created here, in my studio. My house became a book.

During the years that I participated in the Red Trillium StudioTour, my daughter Solange also painted pictures and sold them here, did portraits one year for a dollar or a hug, one year it was greeting cards, one year it was all poetry, another year we were serenaded by the violin. The Lemonade stand year brings back very particular memories that still make me laugh. Solange was very good at selling whatever she had, she believed in herself. Year after year, people would come back to see the little girl with the lego cash register who had her store set up under the stairs. But the little girl grew up! This house was roots and wings for both my daughters.

Sorry! I know it's dark, bit it is recent!  The two lights of my life. Both Genevieve (on your left) and Solange (on your right) are soaring through the skies as we speak.

This house has seen many renovations over the years, teaching me that with hard work, and a few friends here and there, I am capable of doing anything I set my mind to.  I am capable of reaching past any pre-conceived notions of my potential. My house taught me to reach up high.

Having taught so many wonderful people here, this house has gifted me with so much love, compassion, friendship, and understanding between art makers. This house exuded that love to anyone who dared to take a workshop here.

This house, is a direct symbol of everything I stand for. This house is my soul. I was determined to always make my house, a place of peace and love. I feel I have achieved something significant. I have said who I am through this house. And now, that soul is ready to fly away. It is ready to open those wings wide and embrace something bigger than any one of us. 

                                                      The table needs new inhabitants! This house is now ready to receive it's next inhabitants. If you know anyone, particularly an artist or musician who would like to be well taken care of by it's shelter, then I recommend this house. Thank you HOUSE!
To View my house, which is FOR SALE, please read the other post from today. 

Sunday, 19 July 2015

113 Terraview drive INTERIOR views-HOUSE FOR SALE

Solid Oak Front door from the inside. Stairs down to the basement or up to the living room.

Stepping up from the front door and into the living room,...

Taken from behind the couch, you can see into my messy studio,....

Hardwood floors have just been re-finished and look brand new!

View from the corner

View from the other corner,..High efficiency wood stove for cozy winter afternoons,... 
Central vault holds the high efficiancy wood stove, chimney, central vac, and other things.

Yes, that's a double spiral open staircase. 

French doors to the large deck. Double your living room space in the nice weather.

View to nature, right outside your back door.

L-shaped living room, turns into a dining area

Other end of the L-shaped Living room, I'm taking this shot in front of sliding doors, out onto the afternoon tea deck. There are 3 deck on this house, one large (19' X 27'), one small (8' X 14"-for tea), and a roofed porch, that bring you to the kitchen

From the dining room to the front hall closet

Front hall closet looks onto the sunken kitchen

Smallwood cabinetry custom kitchen, with ceramic floor and counters.

                                Front door from the inside, split to living room or basement,.....
view to the living room,.............................

My studio
                                              front hall closet situated in front of the sunken kitchen

Custom designed kitchen, one of a kind with Smallwood cabinetry, closed cabinets in beaded inlaid doors,  open shelving and custom laceworked trim. 

ceramic tiled floors

instead of a pantry, I decided to make this desk/office station

main floor 2 piece bathroom

and now, for the 2nd floor,......
spiral staircase,....

As you come to the 2nd floor, there is an open space used as a TV room, but could easily be converted to another bedroom.

Open space beside TV room, looks down onto the living room, this large window looks out over deck and into woods

view down to living room

 corner of TV room, railing around pit to living room

view from TV room, looking towards the bedroom area

2nd floor hallway. All doors are solid wood
entrance to bedroom #1-blue

Bedroom #2-yellow

2nd floor bathroom, ceramic tiled floor, 4 piece bathroom

2nd circular stairway to third floor, masterbedroom and ensuite,...
up to the top,.. 

large empty space to the right,..possible study,... 
 large windows N,S,E, and W
2 large closets, one side with double hanging and shelves. 
from stair entrance, hallway to bathroom and larger bedroom area

sloped ceilings, but bedroom is about 500 square feet. 
half wall protects staircase, extra bed in the dormer nook with built in drawers. 

stay tuned for the basement,...
This is where I have taught, for the past 15 years,....
There's also a laundry room, as shown,... 
 partly carpeted,....the basement was built on rock so it is high and light. There are 5 windows, all 30" high

There's also a furnace room, a storage room, plus storage space under the stairs.

What's left? Well, the garage details coming soon. In the meantime, here are all the room specs and other information you would find on a regular MLS listing,...................

113 Terraview Drive, Deerwood Estates for sale OLP $429,900.00

fronting: east lot 9, plan 4M-560, WestCarleton/Fitzroy

Main floor: (2nd floor):                          3rd floor
Livingroom: 23.5 X 26                              family room: 10 X 12
Dining room: 11 X 12                               bedroom 1-blue: 10 X 13, with large closet
Kitchen: 15 X 13                                       bedroom 2-yellow: 11 X 10 plus hall, and closet
mn. fl. Bath: 6 X 7 (storage closet)        4 piece bath: 8 X 5, 4 piece w. tub/shower enclosure

4rth Floor                                                  Basement (1st floor)
Master bdrm. 27' X 13” + 9 X 6 nook     basmt: furnace and storage room 13 X 16 w. storage racks
double closet 9 ' long w. shelves           laundry room 16 X 8
en suite 4 pc. bath 8 X 8.5                       storage room 12 X 7
front foyer 7 X 5                                       stair storage space 10 X 7 (height. restricted)
large open deck: 20 X 26                               small open deck: 14 X 7                                   covered kitchen porch: 14 X 7

Style: detached                             2.33 acres                      Type: 4 storey                                           YB: approx. 1989

zn.: residential                             garage: double car garage, with 2nd floor, electrical

Neighbourhood info.: 15 minutes west of Kanata, 2 km. From Hwy 417. Schools within a 10 minute drive, golfing, health clubs, restaurants in Almonte and Carp, both 10 minutes away.

Site info.: 3 decks, I covered. Half wooded, half open. Fairly flat. Some gardens, large play structure in back.

Const.: frame                  roof: steel                                Exterior: pressure treated pine and cedar trim/windows

basement: 700 squ. Feet, partial carpet, water, laundry, also furnace room, with storage racks, a storage room, plus more storage space under stairs.

Foundation: wood                               Flooring: main floor, hardwood and ceramic in kitchen

                                                                                2nd and 3rd, laminated hardwood and ceramic in baths
                                                                                basement: carpet/wood

Appliances: stove, fridge, washer/dryer, dishwasher, freeze

Heat: ground source heat pump, DX style, with electrical back up Hydro for one year, including all electricity use too: $3263.00

AC: central air conditioning

water: drilled well

Sewer: septic system (cleaned spring 2013)

extra features: central vacuum, high efficiency wood stove in living room, water softener system, linen closet

Mortgage: clear                                                    property tax: $3232.70

This beautiful well maintained home has been recently painted, new flooring, with new deck and some appliances. Just 15 minutes from Kanata, in a very quiet and private neighbourhood. The best of both worlds, quiet and private yet close to shopping and all big city amenities. Great location, only 2 km. to hwy 417 and 30 minutes to downtown Ottawa.

For sale by owner: Margaret Ferraro 113 Terraview Drive, RR#1 Kinburn, On K0A2H0
phone 613 839-5241                                                          e-mail:

Thanks for looking!! Margaret