This is the second installment of our tour of interior designer Sarah Richardson’s new modern farmhouse off-the-grid house in Ontario, Canada, and you won’t want to miss part one! Sarah Richardson and her husband Alex built a 4,500 square foot dream home in which to make memories with their family. HGTV Canada filmed a six-part TV series chronicling the designer’s day-to-day life as she juggles being a mother, a business owner and now, the unique challenges of sharing the role of general contractor with her husband on this latest build.
Building a home off the main power grid, which can service the needs of an entire family, required clever design decisions and innovative materials.
Together, Sarah and Alex created the infrastructure to run the home, while leveraging unique sources of heat and lighting throughout, utilize a rebuilt heritage barn to house both the garage and the solar panels to generate electricity, and had to overcome the challenges of digging a well to pull enough water to serve the family’s needs.
What does it mean to create a low carbon footprint home? CBC Canada reports ,“Her home is set with an insulated concrete form (ICF) foundation. It is further insulated with spray foam and Silverboard sheet. This level of insulation sets the groundwork for the home, and is a permanent way to ensure the structure is energy efficient.
It’s smart to invest in solar power. Ideally, you’ll be able to install panels on the roof. Unlike Richardson, not everyone can power their entire home with it, but with an investment of approximately $3,500 you can get in the game, and provide enough power for your personal needs including electronics such as a hairdryer, coffee maker and computer.
Vinyl windows will keep hot air from getting out in the cold months, or getting in in the summer. An initial Investment in the best windows you can afford will mean a huge savings on your energy bills later on.”
By the way, some of us have been watching Sarah Richardson on TV for years, but in case she is a new blip on your radar, here’s some background yada yada:
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.
Let’s tour more rooms of Sarah Richardson’s new home – today you’ll see her pretty laundry room with a killer vintage blue sliding door (above), the upstairs hall, and a daughter’s bedroom and bath. Soon I’ll share sources for many of the decor pieces as well!
Onward to PINNING like there’s no tomorrow!
Do you love how Sarah mixes fresh prints, elegant finishes, and fleamarket finds?
Peace to you right where you are.