Ontario Home by Williamson Williamson

Inara Trend Design | Home DesignOntario Home by Williamson Williamson Is Open in All Senses By Craig Kellogg

Ontario Home by Williamson Williamson – For a certain anesthesiologist in Ontario, there was never any doubt. He always knew that he would take care of his mom and dad in their old age. When the time came, they moved into the basement of the bungalow that he shared with a social worker, the man he planned to marry. After an initial adjustment period, they truly became a family.

The stairs to the basement, however, became a problem. So the couple considered building a new home. They found a teardown in Ancaster, near Lake Ontario and the hospital where the anesthesiologist practices. The 1⁄2-acre lot was unusually wide for its neighborhood of stucco McMansions.


A search for an architect led the couple to another couple, Betsy and Shane Williamson of the firm Williamson Williamson. For the exterior, they selected cedar, echoing the cedar trees that grow there, plus slabs of limestone from a local quarry. Between the slabs, the horizontal joints are raked deep, a detail inspired by the brickwork of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House in Buffalo.