A modern grey house with a yellow door on a sunny day

Location: 131 Old Highway 26, Meaford, Ontario
List price: $1,499,000
Size: 3,307 square feet
Lot Size: 0.55 acres
Rooms: 4+2 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
Special features: A custom home with Nordic-inspired minimalist design, two-fridge modern kitchen, a self-contained apartment with rental opportunities and a sprawling backyard

When it comes to home design, there tend to be two major camps – modern and traditional. It can be challenging to create a property that masterfully combines multiple design styles in a single space, though one home in Meaford, Ontario, seamlessly integrates both old and new together. 

Located just off of the Georgian Bay shoreline, 131 Old Highway 26 is a custom contemporary home that draws inspiration from historical architectural design. Created by Scot-Build Developments Inc, this one-of-a-kind abode is a play on the traditional Scottish longhouse, which was historically built as a single-storey structure that efficiently stored heat and kept out wind, thanks to its few windows. 

A modern interpretation of the longhouse, 131 Old Highway 26 encompasses six bedrooms and four bathrooms across three floors and more than 3,300 square feet of living space. 

To the right of the front door, the open concept living and kitchen area is one of the key attractions of this home. Complete with an expansive island, modern cabinetry and integrated wall appliances, the eat-in kitchen overlooks the main living area, featuring a wood-burning fireplace and soaring ceilings. A variety of tall and clerestory-style windows help to fill this central space with natural light throughout the day. 

A discrete set of stairs to the right of the kitchen takes you to the upper floor where you’ll find three of the home’s bedrooms, a four-piece bathroom and a loft that can serve as a cozy office space. 

For ultimate privacy, the primary bedroom is located on the ground floor. In addition to ample closet space, this room is finished with nature-inspired pendant lights and a three-piece ensuite bathroom with a walk-in shower. 

Affectionately dubbed as the “dookit,” the self-contained apartment on the lower level of the property provides two bedrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen, living room and a four-piece bathroom – perfect for long-term guests or a rental income opportunity. 

“For those who long for old-world charm but modern efficiency, 131 Old Highway 26 offers the best of both past and present. This thoughtfully-planned home boasts quality craftsmanship and a nod to its Northern European roots, from the farm-style layout to the thistle-themed wallpaper. The minimalist interiors provide a sense of calmness and connection in this unique property that is ideal for entertaining and everyday enjoyment,” said Mike Kearns, sales representative at Royal LePage Signature Realty and founder of The Kearns Group. “Located between the charming towns of Meaford and Thornbury, 131 Old Highway 26 is only minutes away from local shops, restaurants, beaches and the many recreational activities that the Southern Georgian Bay area has to offer.”


Photo credit: Chris Gardiner

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