The best of both traditional and transitional design meet in this residence distinguished by its rustic yet luxurious feel. Carefully positioned on a site blessed with spacious surrounding acreage, the home was carefully positioned on a tree-filled hilltop and tailored to fit the natural contours of the land. The house sits on the crest of the peak, which allows it to spotlight and enjoy the best vistas of the valley and pond below. Inside, the home’s welcoming style continues, featuring a Midwestern take on perennially popular Western style and rooms that were also situated to take full advantage of the site. From the central foyer that leads into a large living room with a fireplace, the home manages to have an open and functional floor plan while still feeling warm and intimate enough for smaller gatherings and family living. The extensive use of wood and timbering throughout brings that sense of the outdoors inside, with an open floor plan, including a kitchen that spans the length of the house and an overall level of craftsmanship and details uncommon in today’s architecture. The 2,800-square-foot main level includes a central foyer that leads into a large living room with a fireplace. Nearby is an unusual and sunlit octagonal dining room, a 260-square-foot screened porch as well as a handy home office/home management center. The other side of the home leads to the homes personal spaces, including a large first-floor master bedroom with fireplace, a large bath and a private studio perfect for crafts or other creative pursuits.
Family spaces are clustered in the 2,300-square-foot lower level, where another octagonal dining area is perfect for games and pizza nights. Also featured is a large exercise area with two bedrooms with bath. The 700-square-foot upper level is home to a mother-in-law suite or apartment, with a sitting area, small kitchen, bath and bedroom. Highlights throughout include exposed rafters, clerestory windows with plays of light, and an extensive use of stone and timber, all chosen wisely to showcase the fine craftsmanship while making the most of the available budget.