Thanks to PR colleague Peter Ashworth, Saucy Minx is heading off to the National Home Show & Canada Blooms in Toronto this Friday (so watch for the blog with all the juicy photos over the weekend).  In the interim, Peter has submitted the story behind the special Future Dream Home that we can all visit so let’s become “house hunters” and check out this extraordinary exhibit, courtesy of Michael Upshall, Founder/Builder – Probuilt Design + Build.Future Dream Home exteriorThe 2017 Future Dream Home (see renderings above and following) by Probuilt Design + Build is an actual design and build project for a Toronto client. The 2,700-sq. ft. custom home will be built on location at the National Home Show presented by RE/MAX and co-located with Canada Blooms taking place at Toronto’s Enercare Centre, where it will be available for the public to tour from March 10-19, 2017, before being re-built on the homeowner’s land. For additional information, please visit

The Future Dream Home combines luxurious architectural design and integrated smart-home technologies with innovative building techniques and products. Cut-away educational areas will highlight the building products and installation methods.  The building incorporates modular and panelized systems that are built in a climate-controlled facility to help prevent warping, mold, and other damage caused by weather and shipped to the site for assembly reducing on-site construction time and cost.

The exterior of the Future Dream Home features Permacon Be On Stone and the new flush mount Trespa Pura natural fibre core siding that is virtually maintenance free finish. Permacon Provence slab creates the look of natural stone pathways. National Home Show - Future Dream Home_Media_11Bedford Brooks Design combined new natural and raw materials and customizable design solutions in their design Perola’s kitchen features exotic African veneers, Brazilian stainless steel and Vicostone quartz slab counter-tops. State-of-the-art appliances from Fisher and Paykel were used in the kitchen.

The interior features a selection of one-of-a kind custom furnishings and accessories from Carrocel and custom drapery, bedding, and pillows from Amazing Window Fashions. Panasonic’s latest innovations in televisions as well as their line-up of interior doors and closet organizers will be showcased. Benjamin Moore’s “Shadow” palette is featured throughout.

The deck area has two access points from the main living area and is surrounded on three sides by the Future Dream Home’s exterior walls creating a courtyard featuring a round dining table, a round spa, a Bob Grillson barbecue that can be controlled from your smart phone, and a green wall with an inset weather proof television.  A simple pergola with an automated awning offers shade and protection.National Home Show - Future Dream Home_Media_10 Eden Tree Design’s choice of plant material strengthens the Zen garden theme and includes cherry blossom, a pine tree, flowering dogwood, rhododendron, fern, moss, and birch to surround the home.National Home Show - Future Dream Home_Media_3The lighting will be dimmed to provide soft lighting in the landscape and on the Future Dream Home to replicate an evening setting.

About Michael Upshall:   Michael Upshall, the founder of Probuilt Design + Build, is a master carpenter at heart who naturally progressed into a renovator and builder whose career spans over 35 years. Probuilt was the first two-time recipient of the BILD “Renovator of the Year” Award (2002 & 2006) and was chosen to Design/Build the Dream Home at Toronto’s 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2016 and 2017 National Home Shows. For additional information, please visit  Probuilt logoCome visit the Nat’l Home Show this weekend to see the real dream home that has now been constructed on-site at the Enercare Centre (CNE grounds). Check out all the construction, design and furnishing sponsors…and imagine yourself living in this luxe pad. Saucy Minx will probably plant her butt on the designer couch but promises to shove over and give you room to relax and dream, too!

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