When Belinda Labatte swings open the door to her PEC, Ont., home after a two hour–plus drive from Toronto, she breathes deeply. The mother of two and CEO of a critical minerals company dreamed of having a beach house in the county long before it became the creative mecca it is today. In 2017, she found a peaceful property with a view of the dunes and marsh in the distance. “The view reminded me of lookouts we stopped at when I was a kid hiking with my parents in northern Ontario,” says Belinda.
Shortly after purchasing her plot of land (which came with a squat, uninsulated cabin), she called up local design-build firm Structural Anomaly, and plans for a complete rebuild were finalized within weeks. The 2,720-square-foot (including the basement) four-bedroom, three-bathroom house took four years to complete and, in that time, Belinda and her eldest daughter, Dahlia, also co-founded Dahlia S L, a contemporary event-based art gallery in nearby Picton, Ont.
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Author: Emily Evans
House & Home July/August 2022
Interior: Jennifer Ferreira; Design-Build: Structural Anomaly