The Warmth of Wood
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The comforting aroma of piñon fills your senses as you enter the prestigious timber-built lodge of April and Mike Cummins. This stunning equestrian estate is situated on nearly 18 scenic acres in prime recreational country right along the Georgian Trail, where hiking, biking, snowmobiling and horseback riding are the prevailing activities.

A modern barn on the property, housing seven horse stalls, with ample hay storage on the second level, an office, tack room and kitchen, assists in readying the steeds for a jaunt through the property's 13 verdant acres of trailed bush. After a good ride, horses unwind in one of the three expansive paddocks complete with a roomy outdoor horse shelter.
The property has five acres of cut lawn that helps to highlight the spectacular log house that welcomes riders home. Rise up the front steps of the flagstone wraparound porch and you enter the great room, with its 19-foot cathedral ceilings and red alder floor.
A rustic industrial trolley coffee table surrounded by cushy brown leather sofas calls out to tired muscles. “Every single couch in the great room is a La-Z-Boy recliner,” says homeowner April Cummins. “It's perfect for entertaining. We love sitting in this room at night and watching the TV. It doesn't matter how cold it is outside; it's always warm and cozy in here.”
Two geothermal water furnace systems keep energy costs down on this nearly 7,000-square-foot estate. It was a $75,000 investment that is paying off in spades today. The structure itself is partly responsible for keeping the warmth in, too. “People don't know this, but wood has the highest R rating,” explains co-owner Mike Cummins. “We're ready to downsize, but we'll definitely build another log home, we like it so much. And we'll install geothermal.”
The flat screen TV they enjoy nightly in the great room is embedded in the stacked stone fireplace surround above the oversized (3-1/2 by 4 feet) luxury gas fireplace by Town and Country – manufacturers of the largest factory-built direct vent gas fireplaces on the market. Speakers for surround sound are also embedded in the stacked stone and in the ceiling for the total theatrical experience.
The room is casually decorated with little vignettes of country life – cowboy boots, a hat and saddle sit in a corner under stairs that could have remained unused space. Antique snowshoes and old boat oars function as décor on the walls.
Climb 12 log stairs and you are inside a second level loft overlooking the great room. Here air hockey and card tables are ready for play. More recliners and a one-of-a-kind 1950s Belmont barber's chair act as casual seating. “Mike restored it,” says April. “He had all the chrome dipped and put new leather in. It's like another La-Z-Boy… so comfortable.” The elevated loft view puts them right across from the great room's flat screen TV. “The boys can watch the sports playoffs from here without ever leaving their games,” says April.
Down the stairs and around the corner, you find the main floor master bedroom with beamed ceilings and a stunning walk-in closet complete with countertop and abundant shoe storage. Sconce lighting in the attached five-piece en suite sets the mood for luxurious baths in the standalone claw-foot tub that sits next to a deep-set bay window. The view outside goes to surrounding forest, the red cedar gazebo and kidney-shaped swimming pool. Gorgeous Italian Zanetti Chini faucets glisten over his and her sinks and the tub. The inviting shower stall provides five body jets with handheld and rain showerheads for the full spa treatment. A commode is tucked out of sight in a separate toilet closet.
The great room, loft, master suite and main floor laundry were the second addition to this sprawling 6,728-square-foot residence, costing approximately $600,000 to build, according to the homeowners. The original structure was a two storey Confederation Log Home measuring a conservative 1,780 square feet in comparison. The first addition by True North Log Homes included a family room, office, fitness room where a Body Solid gym system and LiveStrong treadmill encourage exercise, and the massive five-car garage with obligatory man cave. Unique to the garage is a tremendous 50-foot long wooden engineered beam at the roofline.
Rise up six easy log steps from the sunken great room and you find yourself in the kitchen of the original structure. “We updated the look in here,” says April, who recently installed $25,000 of Exotica granite on the countertops and backsplash above the cherry under lit cabinetry. A custom butcher block island and stainless steel GE appliances were also added for the gourmet cook. The breakfast bar offers three extravagant studded leather DaVinci stools lit by three Tiffany pendants. “We hang out here a lot,” says April.  “Everything is open to the kitchen and dining room.”
When the Cummins originally purchased the property, they found flowered wallpaper everywhere. “Multiple layers,” says Mike. “We replaced it with Ralph Lauren suede paint.” In fact, Ralph Lauren's Colorado Double R L Ranch was much of the inspiration for the design choices the Cummins made. “It's the look and feel we were going for,” says April. “A rustic, warm, comfortable country look.” 
The red steel roof of the structure is a striking complement to the warm, honey-coloured wood. “It's so peaceful when it rains,” says April. “The wood deadens the sound and it's just so comforting.”
The kitchen looks out to the spring fed pond, (complete with dock and fountain) at the front end of the property and to the fully powered gazebo, in ground salt-water pool, eight person hot tub and ground-level fire pit on the patio. The Cummins love their red cedar gazebo. “We sit out there with the two little lamps in the summertime with the ceiling fan going and enjoy an herbal tea, just listening to the crickets and the frogs,” says April. “You can watch the deer from outside the window. We have a salt block outside in the forest for them. The hiking trails around here are just absolutely gorgeous.”
The dining room, directly adjacent to the breakfast bar, is country chic and divided from the sunken family room by a see-through gas fireplace. Two steps down and you are in the attached family room, the very first addition to the house, with sealed flagstone floors that match the pretty fireplace surround. White leather ottomans and recliners with plush throws offer snug spots to stretch out and grab a catnap après dinner.
Up the stairs above the kitchen on the opposite side and you arrive at the second level where three more bedrooms with a full bath including a soaker tub are ready to house family or guests. The lower level below the kitchen has yet another spacious bedroom with two sofas facing a gas fireplace set in a stacked stone surround for overflow guests.
While they still adore the property, the Cummins are selling this exceptional executive estate at 6166 27-28 Nottawasaga Sideroad in Clearview as they look forward and move onto their next adventure. “We recently invested in Pure Organic Food and Juice Bar in Collingwood,” says April. “We've partnered with the existing owners. Sam is a raw vegan chef trained in California and, with our sales and marketing background, we have plans on expansion and franchising because there's no place to get healthy options and I think that the market is missing that.” 
The Cummins have listed the estate with The Mark Faris Team.


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