There isn’t much that can beat out the excitement of Christmas.
But celebrating Christmas in a brand new house, that might just about have it beat.
Marilyn and Cedric Winterboer moved into their brand new home in September 2015 — just in time for the holidays.
The excitement is multiplied because the Winterboers had been planning this house for a long time. For many years, the Winterboers lived on a farm in an old farmhouse, and while Cedric still farms, they were looking to move into the house that would carry them into retirement.
“We wanted it all together, all easy for us as we age. Everything is handicap accessible. We put it all on one level and there’s an elevator to the basement,” Marilyn said. “We spent a lot of time designing our home. We enjoyed going to tours of homes through the years and we’d been collecting ideas for years.”
In addition to designing their new home to be just right for them as they enter retirement, they also planned on making it as green as possible. One of the ways they accomplished this goal was to install geothermal heating, which keeps the toes toasty during the winter months.
The main floor features an office, a powder room, laundry room, the master bedroom and ensuite bathroom, a dining room, main living area and a beautiful kitchen.
“We wanted this house to be very modern — the very opposite of what was on the farm for the most part,” Marilyn said.
The home features an overall color scheme of different shades of grey and cream mixed with pops of yellow.
Her dining room table is certainly fit for a crowd. Instead of one pedestal to hold up the glass tabletop, she ordered two pedestals and the extra large glass topper weighs in at 200 pounds. She ordered the extra large table with the holidays in mind.
“I’m a big person for entertaining and I like to invite people who would be alone on the holidays. If I know of anybody who would be alone I invite them over,” Marilyn said. “That’s why I really wanted a large table. It seats 12 very easy.”
Her kitchen was also built for entertaining crowds around the holidays.
“We wanted electrical sockets in the island and on the buffet so that it will be really convenient for entertaining,” Marilyn said. “On the farm, we didn’t have much counter space and I wanted enough here to fit lots of food.”
The main living space features a linear fireplace, and grand piano, which is a present a long time in the coming from her husband, Cedric.
The living space also features one of the homes’ very large Christmas trees. The trees are decorated with a lot of things you find in nature, such as deer.
“I like decorating for Christmas with things like deer and more natural things,” Winterboer said.
In addition to some natural Christmas elements, Marilyn also really enjoyed setting up a number of nativity sets throughout her new home.
“I like lots of nativity sets in different rooms. I like them because then we are reminded of the real reason for Christmas,” Marilyn said.
The extra space for holiday fun flows right down the stairs to the basement area, which was also decked out for Christmas.
The basement features a theatre space, a game room, bar area, exercise room, sauna, plenty of storage, two bedrooms for the grandkids and a Jack-and-Jill bath.
“It’s a place to make great memories with our family. Cedric always talks about how he remembers going to my house on Sunday afternoons and all the men would go down to the basement to play pool. He says that now it’s our turn,” Marilyn said.
And while the Winterboers don’t go crazy with the decorations specifically at Christmas time, their entire new home was designed with the goal of creating a space to share special holidays and other times with friends and family.
They have achieved that goal.
“My goal was to make the house cozy and inviting,” Marilyn said.
“It’s more than I ever dreamed. I can’t wait to spend time with our family and friends here throughout the year.”