This custom-built, 2700 sq. ft. home is unique in that it is both cosy and spacious. The large bright red front door leads into a generously sized tiled entranceway which has a closet housed by double, pine bi-fold doors. The house is infused with light, due, in part to the dramatic chalet-style, pine-panelled ceiling. The granite, wood burning fireplace is majestic and rustic; practical too, as it has a built in fan system that pushes the fire’s heat into the room. The charming den, has a wood-fed hearth stove, and is just adjacent to the huge country kitchen. It is bright, with windows on two sides of the room, and has large neutral-colored tile on the floor. The floating two-tiered island provides a working surface at the top and a movable table for four at the bottom. The kitchen even has a desk area that could serve as a mini office station, or a sewing area. Appliances include a fridge, stove, built- in dishwasher, and a flat-top electric stove. If you wish, you can keep the full-sized chest freezer that sits in the laundry room area off the kitchen. Whether you are preparing some hot chocolate or a feast for the family, this kitchen has ample room to cook; and, for entertaining, there is a spacious formal dining room. A light-filled office and a two piece bathroom complete the amenities on the main floor.
The generous amount of windows and skylights installed throughout the two floors of living space creates a cheery feel to this 27 year old[ +]home. The house is wonderfully warm as there is a heatilator in the granite fireplace, in-floor heating on the first floor, and separate thermostats for the electric heating system throughout the house.
The wrought iron and oak staircase is sturdy, and leads to a small landing just perfect for a reading nook. The owners were strategic in their placement of the skylight at the top of the stairs; as, when you look out – you have a perfectly framed view of the historic Lunenburg Academy in the distance. Two of the bedrooms are average size, and the master is large with wood panelling, a sky light, a walk-in closet, and has a three piece ensuite that includes a shower enclosure. The main bath has a long vanity space with a single sink, a whirlpool tub in a cedar enclosure, and a toilet.
The massive lower level with direct outside access provides the business with an ideal space for storing wood and other supplies. Although it is not used, the lower level also has a fireplace that is functional, should you wish to transform part of this space into another workshop.
The two-storey, 2000 sq ft workshop serves as a manufacturing facility, storage room, and distribution centre for the business. The second floor area is where all toy pieces are carved, painted, and stacked. As the toys are made primarily of wood (ash), the majority of the machines are specialized sanders and drills (see Equipment photo page and the equipment list). Click http://www.robinsonharmsen.com/house.php?det=113 A powerful dust collecting system helps to keep the wood dust to a minimum, and a wood stove helps keep the working area warm in the winter.
The first floor is where completed parts are assembled, packaged and shipped. Overall, the business is most busy during the summer, so that the products are ready to be shipped across Canada and internationally, well in time for the toy business’ high season of fall and Christmas. The workshop is open year round. During the summer months, the owners hire two students to ensure that they can keep pace with the filling of orders by fall.
As Christmas Season approaches, The Toy Maker of Lunenburg receives letters from around the world, as there is a perception that this is truly Santa’s Workshop.
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Bettina Grunwald, Managing Associate Broker, Robinson Harmsen Lifestyle Real Estate Inc.
(902) 212-0543, B.Grunwald@RobinsonHarmson.com