Text | Melody Parker
Images | Matthew Putney
“Family” is stenciled in gold above a doorway in this newly built open-concept home.
The word symbolizes so much to the homeowners and their two young daughters. It is a visual summing up of their love, yes, but is the outward display of the strong bond anchoring their desire to feather their nest with a sense of calm and their own spin on tradition.
They found the perfect lot — a “happy medium” that isn’t quite rural but with neighbors at a comfortable distance — and enlisted Kyle Larson of LGC Homes to help them. He’d build their first home, and the couple appreciated his “creative and innovative eye. We wanted the exterior to speak to what can be found on the inside. We envisioned a sort of oasis where we can settle in and relax,” says the homeowner. “We were able to build a dream home that was affordable for us.”
Larson describes the house as “beautiful with a lot of unique features. It is a rich blend of traditional and modern elements. There are some attractive exterior features as well.”
An open-concept living area encompasses the living area, dining room and kitchen. “I wanted to see my family from the kitchen and be involved with what’s going on, and for the mess to be concealed from the living room,” she says.
Crisp cabinets in cherry with an espresso finish are dressed with European-style bar pulls. Stainless steel appliances, glass-stone blend mosaic backsplash and polished granite countertops and bar gleam beneath pendant lighting. Above countertop stove burners, a stainless steel-and-glass vent hood completes the modern look.
In the nearby laundry room, a series of built-in wood lockers provides drop-and-go storage space. His office is masculine and practical, just off the small entrance foyer. Distressed hickory hardwood floors hide little footprints, and the mosaic glass-and-stone tile fireplace and dark mantel provides a focal point in the put-up-your-feet living area with its dark leather sectional.
Rather than a formal dining room, the homeowners opted for a breakfast-dining nook with easy access to the deck for indoor-outdoor entertaining in warm months. The contemporary rectangular dining table echoes the kitchen cabinetry, softened by Parsons chairs upholstered in soft off-white. Over the table, the linear wrought-iron chandelier is a romantic note.
The master bedroom is the couple’s hideaway, filled with substantial furniture and a soothing charcoal and silver color scheme against dove gray walls. Double doors can close off the wing for privacy. That sense of luxurious spa continues into the bathroom with its large tub and open shower, quartz-topped vanity, above-counter rectangular sinks and porcelain tile floors.
“This is where we hang out when the kids go to bed,” she says. “I didn’t want a glass door on the shower because I didn’t want the work of cleaning it. It’s a very modern, European look.”
Their indulgence was a coffee bar. “I love my coffee in the morning, and I didn’t want to go into the main area of the house while I’m getting ready.”
Their oldest daughter’s favorite color is purple, and mom chose a soft, almost lilac color for the walls and accessories. A pretty tree is painted in one corner where the child has tea parties and reads with her beloved stuffed animals. Delicate pink contrasts the espresso furniture finishes in the nursery. A small crystal and pink chandelier is an elegant, but dainty touch. In their bathroom, mirrors are mounted with creamy bows.