The handsome Zulich family home with its clean, horizontal lines is located on Ramsey Lake and hidden from the busy city street by bush. A long driveway leads up from the well-travelled road to the flat roof home which is perched on a piece of rocky landscape overlooking the lake and downtown Sudbury.
Located minutes from the hospital and university, this modern home was used in the television movie, The Summit. The home served as a diplomat’s remote Muskoka getaway.
The four-hour, two-part mini series, filmed in partnership with CBC and Global Television, in the fall of 2007 was shot partly in Sudbury, Parry Sound and Huntsville by Shaftesbury Films, a Canadian film and television production company based in Toronto. The TV movie stars Christopher Plummer, Bruce Greenwood and Wendy Crewson. The Summit is about a North American military-engineered smallpox virus smuggled into Canada as world leaders gather for the G8 Summit.
The home, featured on the 2008 IODE Tour of Homes, was purchased by Rob and Karyn Zulich in the fall of 1999. The original house had lots of beautiful but dark cedar panelling, and only one bathroom. Karyn didn’t see its potential, but her husband and his family are in the construction business, and they had lots of ideas.
The original home of 1,700 square feet was built in the 1950s and it was well built, says Rob. The house is set on a one and half acre lot. And then were was the view!
The couple bought the home and started to plan renovations and an addition. The home is now 4,000 square feet of livable space for the family of five. There are four bedrooms and three and half bathrooms.
The couple wanted their new addition to fit seamlessly into the home’s decor. And they wanted a home that was family friendly.
“We were going to build up but decided to go wide instead,” Rob says.
Three years ago they contacted architect Dennis Castellan to prepare drawings for an open-concept living room, kitchen and dining area.
The west-end addition has become the central living area of the home where the family gathers for casual meals in the kitchen or for more formal occasions in the dining room.
Castellan designed a wall divider, part fireplace/part entertainment centre, that defines the living and dining rooms.
The living room and dining room flooring is engineered hardwood. The kitchen area has porcelain tile flooring.
The radiant floor heating system keeps this part of the home warm and cuts down on heating costs, explains Rob.
All rooms provide a great place to watch the seasons change. The house faces north, so it was important to ensure the floor-to-ceiling windows were heat, cold and wind resistant, says Rob.
The couple invested $70,000 in the windows for the addition. The triple glazed R-7 insulated windows were ordered from the United States.
The former kitchen and living areas of the home were renovated and reborn as the master bedroom and en suite. Karyn and Rob made this area their little bit of heaven. The master bath has an air jet bath for two (mostly used by the kids) and a full steam shower.
Karyn liked the idea of making a Victorian dresser into a sink and vanity unit. The couple found a replica with double sinks, just what they were looking for, at a local supplier.
The home’s original brick fireplace divides the bedroom from the en suite area and gives the rooms their character.
It was this renovated part of the original home that was used in the movie. Location scouts saw the house from across the lake and contacted the owners.
“More than 70 people were in the home” for the shoot, remembers Karyn.
Hours of filming results in minutes on screen or worse on the cutting room floor. “I hope they left the house in the movie,” says Rob.