This traditional Prairie-influenced home, built by Kugler Construction, swept all the categories in the 2015 Parade of Homes “You’re the Best” contest.
Voters named it “best of the parade,” and it took top honors for curb appeal, kitchen, master suite/bath and landscaping/outdoor living.
From watching the Chicago Black Hawks on the 84-inch TV screen to putting a quick, hot meal in front of two hockey-playing boys seated on stools at the granite-topped island, the main living area in this new Craftsman-style house gets a work out.
The family is always on the go, but still manages to find time to enjoy their surroundings. “We really like the Craftsman and Prairie look, and we wanted to build a home that had that. We wanted it to be wide open, comfortable and casually elegant,” says the homeowner.
And that’s what Kugler Construction built.
“It was an easy project. Communication was good, and that’s important on a project. We want to get to know the client, what they want, so in the end, they’ll be happy in their home,” says Jackie Kugler.
Natural hickory floors are striking, flowing through the home’s public spaces, as well as the kitchen and laundry room. Durable enough to stand up to this busy family’s wear and tear, the wood’s heavy striation is dramatic.
“We wanted the contrast, and it’s still light enough for a family of boys to not totally destroy it,” the homeowner explains.
Natural light saturates the great room, spilling through banks of tall windows and a series of clerestory windows, all Andersen Windows Select, near the top of 15-foot ceilings. A cultured stone fireplace is one part of the focal point wall, which also features a built-in entertainment center with custom-built shelves flanking the big-screen TV and lower cabinetry concealing speakers and electronics gear. Another course of culture stone adds balance.
Amish craftsmen in Harmony, Minn., designed and built the custom furniture in the living and dining rooms, as well as the kitchen cabinetry in subtly grained alder. “There’s no painted trim because we wanted the beauty of the wood to shine through,” he says.
The hi-low level island provides prep space near the professional-quality gas range. The soft taupe glass 2-by-4-inch subway tile backsplash is accented by a glass mosaic design above the range. Granite counter tops are duplicated in the wet bar inset into a wall in the great room.
An earthy Prairie color palette alternates throughout the home, including Sherwin Williams’ “Virtual Taupe” in the great room and “Kilim Beige.”
The Amish-built Prairie-style bed is the focus of attention in the master suite, along with a coffered ceiling. They chose to install a larger shower with custom mosaic style rather than a tub, although there is a tub elsewhere in the home. Granite counter tops sparkle with a hint of silver.
Foosball and other game tables fill the lower level. “It’s the boys’ hangout. We wanted them to bring their friends here. There’s also a spare bedroom and bath.”
Outdoors, the Trex custom deck and colored concrete patio expand the living space. Even on a cool autumn evening, the homeowners enjoy the warm and crackling flame of the fire pit.
“We love the home. It’s a family home and very comfortable. We wanted to keep it simple and uncluttered, and that’s how it has turned out,” the homeowner adds.