Steve and Jane started Firm Foundations in 2001, when they set up Jane’s chiropody (footcare) practice in Heidelberg, Ontario. The building that now houses Jane’s foot care clinic had once been a blacksmith’s shop, and at that time the house next door was the blacksmith’s home. Interestingly, the Warners themselves live next door, recreating the scenario from almost a century ago - although this time with a very different sort of “practice”.
Steve and Jane are passionate about offering guests the best possible experience, in surroundings that are warm, inviting, and make their guests feel right at home.
In 2007, Steve and Jane started the “Vacations” branch of Firm Foundations when they opened the Blacksmith’s Loft, a large studio suite in the second story of the old blacksmith’s shop, above Jane’s office. Having taken their 4 children on many road trips over the years, Steve and Jane wanted to create vacation properties that were able to accommodate larger groups as well as small ones, and give guests the opportunity to prepare their own meals if they wished.
After a few years of success with the Blacksmith’s Loft, Steve and Jane began work on their second vacation property, this time near Chatsworth and Owen Sound. Through a year of renovations, they converted half of Jane’s parents’ log homestead into a "shabby chic" two-story suite that is ideal for a group getaway or a private retreat. This location, called the Settler’s Loft after the homestead’s first residents, opened in Spring 2011. A few months later Steve and Jane acquired a century cottage in Balmy Beach, just a few minutes north of Owen Sound, which they affectionately named "Balmy Breezes", as it lies on the shores of beautiful Georgian Bay. Starting in September 2011, they did an intense renovation of this waterfront cottage, which they completed in the Summer of 2012.
The whole Warner family is part of the business, and the vacation properties have become something of a family project.
Their eldest daughter Mackenzie takes care of much of the inquiries and bookings. Their daughter Kiah is the “cleaning lady” for the Blacksmith’s Loft, while their son, Liam, provides snow removal and lawn care for this location. Kiah, Liam, and their youngest daughter, Paige, have also been very involved in the two most recent renovation projects.
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