March-April 2017 | NEW ADDITION




The Colliers called upon Tyler Building Company to create a rustic and inviting retreat when the time came to welcome home a dear family member

Written By: Nick Brandi | Photographer: TODD DUDEK

Charlie and Katrina Collier have a great home in Hebron that has been in Charlie’s family for about four decades. When the decision was made to have Charlie’s father come live with him and Katrina, certain modifications needed to be made to the 2,000 sq. ft. home. Fortunately, Katrina does decorating and staging professionally and knows all the players in the industry. So when it came time to set the wheels in motion for a major home improvement, she called Will Tyler of Tyler Building Company.

“I’m familiar with essentially all of the subcontractors in the area,” said Katrina, “and they all said pretty much the same thing: When it comes to quality, efficiency and reliability, Tyler Building is the one. In this industry, it’s the subcontractors who really know what’s what more than anybody else, so I value their opinionsthe highest, and they said to go withWill Tyler.”

The Colliers’ home has a rustic cabin-style motif, inside and out, so they wanted to extend that theme to the 800 sq. ft. addition the skillful Tyler was commissioned to make. The home boasts the ever-popular open floor plan, with exposed beams, tongue-and-groove ceiling and an enormous 20’x 36’ great room, with a second-floor balcony that overlooks the entire first-level interior space.

The 32’ x 26’ living space that Tyler Building created for Charlie’s dad sports many amenities, including an incredible 20’ vaulted ceiling with trusses, which were specially treated by Tyler’s craftsmen with a decorative application of faux wood to simulate rustic walnut. The result is an earthy and authentic-looking support structure that is both lighter and cheaper than installing actual 18” x 6” x 6” beams. To complete the look, Katrina — who, naturally, orchestrated the décor scheme — had all the trim treated with a complementary provincial stain over a variegated frisé in earth tones. 

The space includes a kitchen and washer-dryer setup, as well as a luxurious bathroom with amenities such as double vanity sinks with upscale fixtures, a frameless glass shower door and high-quality wood-simulated floor tile in grays and browns, sans grout lines, capturing the aesthetics of seamlessness. But what is arguably the star of the show is the sitting room, with its high banks of top-quality Andersen windows. With a 16’ bank in the front and a 6’ bank on the side, Charlie’s dad has the perfect perch for him and his guests to enjoy idyllic views of beautiful sunsets, migrating geese and the horse farm next door. 

“We are extremely pleased with the work Tyler Building Company did,” said Katrina of the roughly five-month job. “He used mostly his own on-staff team, which I respect, and they exceeded our expectations, which were pretty high. Now, Will Tyler has one more local subcontractor to sing his praises — me!”


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