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A propane forced-air, high-efficiency furnace, which pushes heated air through a series of ducts while ensuring that 90 percent or more of the heat created remains in the house, provides heat during cooler weather. Reclaimed 8-inch Douglas fir tongue-and-groove hardwood planks were selected for the flooring. The 100-year-old-plus mantel originated from a church on Georgian Bay Island. "When that was renovated and dismantled, I kept a number of the logs and incorporated them in a number of homes," the designer explains, adding that its aged appearance is enhanced by the clearly visible wormholes.

A propane forced-air, high-efficiency furnace, which pushes heated air through a series of ducts while ensuring that 90 percent or more of the heat created remains in the house, provides heat during cooler weather. Reclaimed 8-inch Douglas fir tongue-and-groove hardwood planks were selected for the flooring. The 100-year-old-plus mantel originated from a church on Georgian Bay Island. “When that was renovated and dismantled, I kept a number of the logs and incorporated them in a number of homes,” the designer explains, adding that its aged appearance is enhanced by the clearly visible wormholes.