This is the home we built from scratch.. first we found this cut-over forest... all the trees had been cut and the slash was completely covering the land with tall bushes growing up through it. it was so very difficult to walk through we had to inch our way around the neighbours property border just to look at it. we did pick our way through the mess with great difficulty to try to see the view... as this land was on top of a hill overlooking the ocean. no one had ever lived up on this hill before.. they just ravaged it. the beauty that it overlooked was out of this world... the ocean, the Bay of Fundy and the sweet village of St. Martins lying below... facing full south... where the sun and the moon rose over the water... you could not ask for more.We bought the land within a week in the fall of 1998.
We sculpted the land, designed and built it it ourselves. we hired people when we needed them but most everything was our work, planning and ideas, labour... the blood, sweat and tears. it was an adventure and a pleasure and a dream of creativity. we landscaped, built rock walls and stone staircases, stone walled firepits, planted apple trees, roses in abundance, twining vines and all the fields.
This was a very long project... and this is the documentation of our work.
We had this 50 foot bluff uncovered to expose the amazing sandstone rockface... we used the earth to help build the road... as there had never been a road to the top of this bluff before . Our son climbed this rockface several times a day for the sheer pleasure
We gathered and built into our house beautiful architectural finds to give it a sense of history to fit it into the very old village. we finished the heated concrete floor for a finished floor. it was an artistic undertaking all by itself.
We salvaged antique stone fireplaces and built them in
we built a large covered verandah around 2 sides of the house facing the ocean and the moring sunrise.
very old doors rescued from an old churchand put back in use
One of a Kind 10' tall Art Sculpture Steel Fire Shield in the Great room created by artist owner, John Ackerson...
interesting note, we were building these in the back yard the day the Twin Towers came down in New York....
one of those dates you never forget.
Polished, varnished, insulated, stained concrete with in-floor heating...
Arched doorway leads to custom built kitchen also created by John Ackerson and Gwen Buchanan.
designed and built this 9 foot long island. topped it with a 12 gauge stainless steel counter
we built storage into both sides. these salvaged antique ceiling panels we refinished and attached to solid wood to become 4 cupboard doors on the back
Beautiful Jotul wood stove and handmade woodrack and fireshield at ceiling
heavy steel 8 foot tall pot rack built by John Ackerson, owner.
We designed and handbuilt the cupboards... they all have wire rack pull out drawers for easy access. The stainless steel countertops we found and fitted into our kitchen
From this room with windows on all sides, you can view the 4 directions of North, East, South, West
We found at a second hand shop the 10 foot tall wooden quatre-foil window casing and brought it back to life.. refinished it, and solidified it with black steel bars. We then took a drawing of the shaped of it to the window makers and had them make a insulated glass window to fit the opening that faced the ocean.
we built outside graveled patio areas around the house
antique beamed entrance created from beams rescued from the original property
These stair treads were salvaged from a 120 yr old house being demolished in Saint John. we made the unique 6 ft Newel post from 2 newel posts we had salvaged.. we drilled a hole through them and connected them with the handle of a shovel that we had worn out digging in the gardens.
We had hardwood floors laid through the second floor...
... view, looking from master bedroom down the hall to the far side on the west to a super fun kids room
the hardwood maple floors draw the eye through the entire second floor
We salvaged these wooden doors, created the triangular arched door design and installed insulated glass. han
.. surrounded by rock walls, cedar hedge, lilac hedge and tall Spruce trees wall... it leads to the childrens camp nestled in the shrubs
Relaxing and satisfying wide coastal view of the Bay of Fundy from the above fire-pit. Far across the water is Nova Scotia where lights can be seen sparkling on clear nights.
Some of the multitude of roses and an upcycled quatre-foil window ... the property has masses of roses
We hope you enjoy the culmination of our Labors and
what much Love from our Head, Heart and Hands have brought to Life...
Below are a few pictures of St. Martins village and the salt water seashore
looking towards Quaco Head and the Bay of Fundy
during the full moon and the new moon it totally fills with the highest tides. Magic, isn't it.
Early one winter morning when the sea-smoke was rising from the bay... the salt water never freezes and the beaches are free of snow in the winter... excellent expanses for beach walks with your dogs.
Thank You for taking the time to see what we have been working on these last few years. ..created from scratch from a cut over forest left in a mess. It was a thrilling Adventure... but as artists create they must eventually let go, so they can continue on their creative process and someone new can share and enjoy in the finished creation.
The home and landscape was passionately designed and created by us, the owners, Gwen Buchanan and John Ackerson, Artists/Designers/ Builder.
SOLD September 2016
St. Martins, New Brunswick, Bay of Fundy, Canada