Carol Cecchetto can’t remember a time when she didn’t spend her summers at her family’s camp, and now she shares that leisurely lifestyle with her husband, a southerner who has come to love the north as much as she does.
When a cousin decided to sell a property across the bay, Cecchetto and her husband, Ross Quantz, jumped at the chance to buy it and to build their dream home on the lake.
“I just love Sudbury,” says Cecchetto, who also has a home in Mississauga. “It is so nice to go into a store and have people call you by name.” She adds, “HomeSense is one of my favourites.”
Cecchetto designed the home herself to resemble the family camp her father built in the 1950s. ‘Chic’, a member of the Cecchetto family of builders, admired architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s practical and clean designs.
“I wanted to bring the outside in,” says Cecchetto. The home has horizontal lines with large windows and uses organic materials such as wood and stone.
Inside, there is a simple, open-concept plan. The home is a casual and comfortable place; functional and uncluttered with ultra-modern furniture, a few antiques, and some of the couple’s favourite things such as a Betty Boop CD cabinet, a replica juke box, a light fixture purchased on vacation in Georgia, and an African mask. Tastefully framed black and white family photos are hung in the stairway leading to the second-floor master bedroom. The bedroom windows provide a spectacular view of the lake.
The owners’ penchant for natural things is evident: leather, wood and wicker furniture, pine flooring, and cotton bedding. The kitchen’s rich granite counter top is complemented by a stainless steel backslash, appliances, and accents on the cabinets. Furniture and accent pieces in earth tones contrast nicely with the interior walls of the home that are painted a cool and soothing white.
Near the kitchen, the spiritual centre of any home, Cecchetto has installed her mother’s piano. “I can’t part with it,” she says.
Construction started in September 2005, and the couple moved into their home in July 2006. Since then, the home has become a gathering place for the children and grandchildren. Cecchetto’s sisters vacation nearby at the family camp. When everyone gets together, it’s time for good Italian food, wine and conversation.