15 years ago, StudioTrimble was engaged by a Canadian/American couple to help with the design of their vacation home in Lunenburg harbor/Mahone Bay Nova Scotia.
At the time the couple resided permanently in Atlanta, Georgia, but both grew up in Canada, and one in Nova Scotia.
Their dream was to have a vacation home in their homeland. StudioTrimble was engaged because of the depth of experience in mountain home design. Nova Scotia is a very mountainous, but coastal community. The landscape is covered with beautiful Douglas fir “Christmas trees“ mixed white birch trees.
The homeowners had purchased a set of drawings for which StudioTrimble assisted with modifications, selection of finishes and materials, (inside and out,) design, detailing and procurement of cabinets, custom designs of certain furniture pieces, selection and procurement of lighting fixtures finishes and furniture.
Our scope of services also included constant coordination with the Nova Scotia contractor in order to communicate design details, finish and material installation, and quality control. Unlike the Appalachian region where most exterior wood is stained, coastal Canadian wood architecture is painted. Nova Scotia painting craftsmen have an age old process for painting exterior architecture that is amazing, it’s designed to withstand the harsh environment of coastal Waterfront conditions.
The house recently sold, and the homeowners shared the professional photographs. What these amazing photos showed of the 15-year-old home, is the value of a timeless design combined with the skills of the local craftsmen, hugely benefited the quality, longevity and value of this home.
Because of the significant benefit of buying American over Canadian goods during the time this home was being built, (strong US dollar value,) StudioTrimble took advantage of NAFTA, established a relationship with a Canadian based import broker and purchased and exported most of the interior design an architectural features to help our clients keep cost under control.
The custom cabinets and dining table were made in Jasper, Georgia by Timberland Cabinets. The flooring & tile were from Dalton, Georgia by Shaw Flooring. Lighting & Furniture came from across the US but all had to be manufactured within North America in order to qualify for the NAFTA export benefits.