The kitchen island is the hub of activity in this new, open-concept home built by Steege Construction.

“An island can become a catch-all if you’re not careful, but it’s where everyone wants to hang out,” says the homeowner. Family and friends can easily circulate around the island without bothering a busy cook, and it’s ideal for setting up and serving everything from breakfasts to buffets.

“We have a blended family, so when we all get together it’s a big crowd. This island is perfect for that kind of entertaining.”

Amish-built custom cabinetry in knotty alder is stained in Mediterranean dark espresso, a warm contrast to the caramel tones of hickory finished engineered hardwood underfoot. “It’s very easy to keep clean and very durable. The trim work is all rustic cherry.”

Laminate was a practical and low-maintenance choice for counter tops, accented by a glass-and-stone backsplash. Under-cabinet lighting adds a nice after-dark glow.

Traditional furnishings, including leather-clad seating and a fireplace, add to feelings of warm and comfort that were the homeowners’ goal.

Although the master bedroom is comfortable and traditional, it is far from cavernous. Instead of the requisite seating area, they lent that space to their master bathroom. A solid-surface counter top sits atop the espresso-finished custom cabinetry, and the 12- by 24-inch tiles. The shower surround is 12 by 24 tiles, visually enlarging the already roomy shower, and the master closet is big enough to comfortably house a full-sized washer and dryer.

The guest room is the perfect place to tuck a crib for days when the homeowner babysits grandbabies.

In the lower level, the “man cave” boasts custom cabinetry, a wet bar and plenty of Chicago Bears and Cubs memorabilia. In one custom Amish-built pantry, a drawer pulls out to reveal the pizza oven, and the drawer above it keeps liquor safely out of reach. A sectional offers plenty of seating for game day.

The lower level also provides plenty of storage — and there’s a doggie sink for bathing the homeowners’ Yorkies.


Arts/Special Sections Editor

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