Let’s say you’re building a house. The choices and decisions that must be made seem endless. Ranch or Prairie? Granite or quartz? Hardwood or tile? Nickel or oil-rubbed bronze? Sliding or French patio door? Tub or shower or both? Even choosing a color palette – trendy gray, perhaps – can be confusing when confronted with dozens of paint chips with all shades and variations of that color.

It’s easy to feel like you’re drowning in details. Keeping your head above water means prioritizing the “needs” and “wants” on your wish list, and stepping back to look at the big picture, says Billy Kugler of Kugler Construction.

When it came time to build his own family home, Kugler took his own advice. “There was the challenge of sifting through the ideas we’ve seen and homes we’ve built over the years. Sometimes it got hard, and we had to remind ourselves what we tell our customers: Break it down, prioritize and simplify the decision, because at the end of the day, it’s going to look beautiful and turn out great.”

A classic ranch from the outside, the home’s interior has a completely modern vibe. An open-concept plan allows easy circulation through the great room, fitting the Kuglers’ idea to create an eclectic and flexible setting for their young family. Light washes into the space through a wall of windows, and a tray ceiling comfortable encompasses the main seating area in the great room.

The true focal point is the floor-to-ceiling split-face marble fireplace, introducing texture into the sleek The stone introduces texture into the sleek place, A slim-lined, linear wall-mount fireplace and big-screen television above are contemporary touches, flanked by a free-standing bookcase.

A fresh, all-white kitchen with a broad island and stainless steel appliances anchors the opposite side of the room. Mission-style cabinets soar to the ceiling for a “grander, more finished appearance,” Kugler says, but glass inserts in upper cabinets balance out the tall, lean look.

White quartz countertops were chosen to resemble Italian Carrara marble. “We wanted that look, but marble isn’t as functional in the kitchen when it comes to stains and maintenance. Quartz has that durability factor,” he explains.

Installing an island was a practical choice. “There’s space to spread out whether the family is eating supper there or later on, when the kids are old enough to sit down and do their homework there. It allows us to multi-task in the kitchen and still be part of the family.”

The Kuglers’ also introduced a few twists in their interior design, installing barn doors to separate the kitchen and dining room. “That allows us some flexibility in keeping it open or closing it off for a more private setting when entertaining.”

The serene white and cool, pale gray color scheme was chosen in keeping with the great room’s overall sleekness and the clean, sophisticated lines found in the furnishings. Energetic pops of turquoise and warm-cast yellow add a personal touch, and the gray “hardwood” tile flows throughout, subtly connecting each space.

The stylish but calm bath creates the feeling of a spa retreat in the master suite. A large shower takes the place of the typical whirlpool tub-and-shower combo, making effective use of floor space. The same tile is laid both horizontally and vertically on shower walls to unify the look.

Glass encloses the staircase leading to the lower level with its bar and exercise room that also provides a play area for the children.

Text by Melody Parker; Photography by Dick Cole 

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