Designer Sarah Richardson knows her way around classic elegance, timeless interiors, fresh traditional, and modern farmhouse style and has been inspiring us for many years with projects around the globe. But Sarah’s latest creative coup is her family’s off-the-grid country home in Creemore, Ontario. Off the grid?
Building a home off the main power grid, which can service the needs of an entire family, requires clever design decisions and innovative materials. Sarah Richardson and husband Alex created the infrastructure to run the home, while leveraging unique sources of heat and lighting throughout, utilized a rebuilt heritage barn to house both the garage and the solar panels to generate electricity, and overcame the challenges of digging a well to pull enough water to serve the family’s needs. This is their forever home!
Can you even imagine such a lofty goal? The project recently aired in a 6-part television series on HGTV Canada, and there are so many gorgeous details to note that it will take a few posts to share it all.
Take a look at this short video of the living room:
In case Sarah Richardson is a designer you haven’t followed lately, here’s what she has been up to:
Sarah Richardson has been a key fixture of the Canadian design world since starting out in 1995, working behind the scenes as a prop stylist and set decorator. By the late 90’s, Sarah realized that she could carve a niche in the emerging world of design TV by sharing her practical, endearing and inspiring approach to décor and design with viewers. Sarah launched her first TV series for HGTV in 2000, Room Service. 17 years later, Sarah is the host, co-creator and co-producer of over 250 episodes of design television that span seven hit HGTV series targeted directly to the needs of a contemporary audience. Room Service, Design Inc., Sarah’s House, Sarah’s Cottage, Sarah’s Rental Cottage, Sarah 101, and Real Potential are a collection of lifestyle television series dedicated to tackling the demands and design challenges of modern living.
Known for her upbeat and easygoing approach to creating elegant and timeless designs for every room in the home, Sarah inspires and empowers viewers by effortlessly sharing her winning style formula. Sarah’s enthusiasm for all aspects of design is infectious, and her ability to engage and inspire viewers has earned her a loyal and dedicated fan base across North America and around the world. Sarah’s programs are seen in over 100 countries worldwide.
I can’t wait to share more of Sarah’s off-the-grid new build with you! Could you live here?
Did you find some pretty to pin and save for later?
Peace to you right where you are.
p.s. Want to know where to find some of the exact furnishings and home decor used in this project? I have been power shopping and cross-checking the home decor Sarah Richardson used throughout this off the grid home, and you can find thorough resource and buying guides here: