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Skead is home to spectacular house


 From late spring to early fall, the backyard is a private retreat with a pool, hot tub and sauna. 
(Photo by Terry Hayes)

The community of Skead was once known for thick forests, ideal for logging. Today, second-growth forests provide a pretty setting for some of the city’s most spectacular homes.
Located on the south shore of Lake  Wanapitei, the community has a year-round population of more than 600 residents, and that number is growing. After all, this wilderness community is less than half an hour from downtown Sudbury, and less than 20 minutes from New Sudbury.
Joie and Clayton Switzer, lovers of all things outdoors, purchased a large lot lined with white birch trees near the lake in 2012 to build their dream of a house.
“We have friends on this street…my husband convinced me,” to build here, says Joie. Previously, the couple lived in Garson. They moved to Skead in the middle of winter in 2014.
The Switzers have planned every detail and the home is cosy and comfortable. The simple lines and open concept design with large windows invite the tranquility of its natural setting inside. It’s a place where you can put your feet up and enjoy the view which changes with the seasons. From late spring to early fall, the backyard is a private retreat with a pool, hot tub and sauna.
The couple selected a home design they liked from the internet and made modifications to suit their needs with the assistance of a civil engineer. They hired contractors and did some of the work themselves or with the help of friends who are carpenters.
The “old barn board” staircase from the first to second floor is just one of the home’s standout features.
“My husband helped to build the stairs; we had a carpenter; the lumber is aged pine from Gervais Forest Products in Falconbridge,” says Joie.
“I tried to do a rustic lake house decor, even though we are not on the lake.”
Wall colours are neutrals such as Benjamin Moore’s Elephant Tusk (ivory) and Elephant Gray. Accents such as photographs of animals, wild and exotic, and faux antlers play on the untamed wilderness theme. Surrounded by things the owners love, the beautiful crystal chandeliers in the foyer and main living room work with eclectic furnishings and complement the shiny and bright open concept kitchen, designed by Joie.
“I love decorating. I missed my calling. I would love to do it on a full- time basis,” she says. Her favourite décor store is Home Sense. Her first stop for ideas is the website
After her research, “I just told a custom cabinet guy, a friend of ours, what I wanted.”
This 3,300-square-foot home has three bedrooms, a large loft space on the second floor ideal for a games room, and three bathrooms. There is a fourth bathroom in the pool house.
The pool house, done in white wash pine, has a wet bar for entertaining. It’s large enough to be used for a guest room.
“We bought everything locally. I do everything on a budget. I look for deals. I don’t pay a lot for things unless I have to have it, then I will splurge,” says Joie.

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