Many generations of a large, closely knit family gather at this retreat to spend time together and enjoy stunning Shawnigan Lake. Situated on a large waterfront acreage, the home has a harmonious indoor outdoor feel so whether the family is in or out, they are enjoying their beautiful property. The homeowner says, “The creation of our dream vacation home became a reality working with Tidman Construction. Every detail, from site planning, to designing the home and property, right down to final touches, were carried out professionally and perfectly. It was truly an enjoyable, low stress experience, thanks to Tidman Construction’s positive and energizing attitudes. They are well run, extremely organized, had an immaculate job site and very competent, reliable trades people.”
Underfoot in this relaxing family home is a piece of history. When a much-loved Victoria bowling alley was torn down, Andrew Tidman salvaged giant fir beams and had them milled into wide plank flooring. The beautiful fir floor is one of the many elements that make up this home’s warmth and character. This is a home where a family can kick back together—in front of the two-storey fireplace, around the kitchen island or in the comfortable dining room. Tidman reclaims beautiful materials when possible in an effort to reduce environmental impact and make each home unique.
Open spaces and natural materials were the guiding principles for this custom home. On a sprawling acreage on the Saanich Peninsula, the wood and stone details give this home its place in the country. Inside it brims with the equestrian, rustic style of the homeowners. Both private and open spaces abound—perfect for relaxing with a book, entertaining or keeping the company of your family.
Sometimes when you spend parts of a decade in a house before renovating, you think you know exactly what you want. Sometimes, what you really want means tearing it all down, starting over and creating something truly special. The owner’s wish list was quite modest: to reorganize the floor space to suit a lifestyle that included entertaining and hosting family guests; to maximize the fantastic ocean views and to expand that to as many rooms as possible, including a fabulous outdoor living space; and to strike a balance between an elegant home and one that was comfortable, practical, relaxed and retained a chic beach house vibe.