room of the week
A Golden Touch
By Adrienne Brown // Photography by Jason Hartog // Styled by Lori Wilson
Featured in Our Homes Cambridge Kitchener Waterloo Spring 2012
Excerpt from story:
When Ron Paleczny set out to build the perfect home for his family, he had no idea his endeavour would lead to building beautiful homes for other people in his neighbourhood. But that’s just how his company GoldenEye Developments Inc. got its start.
Ron, his wife Michelle, and their two children, Julia, 6, and Thomas, 4, moved into this, their second custom build, last summer. Since completing their first home, plus one for close family members, other people took notice and enlisted GoldenEye Developments to build for them too.
A family business through-and-through, Ron now builds about four houses per year. His sister-in-law, Alisha, partners with Michelle to take care of the design side of the business.
The GoldenEye team puts just as much love into those houses as they did with their own. “In every house we’ve built, we always stand there at the end and say, ‘I could live here!’” says Michelle.
The quality of their work is obvious even from the outside. Ron worked with draftsman Craig Frede (C. Frede Design Inc.) to create a stunning all-stone exterior design with bell roofs, topped with cedar by M.K.M Roofing Ltd. The Wiarton natural stone was purchased through
The front doors are stunning. Michelle designed them based on photos and inspiration from a trip she and Ron took to Paris. They were purchased at Bavarian Window Works, who also supplied the home’s windows.
Inside, the attention to detail is even more apparent. Pocket doors to the right separate the foyer from a sitting room. The doors feature beautiful handmade stained glass panels by Kara’s Stained Glass. Ron and Michelle used the same panels for transoms around their home and to add detail to different storage areas, including their butler’s pantry and bar area, both of which lead off their bright, open kitchen – the most-used room in the home.
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