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CONTENTS WINTER 2019
HOMES OF THE YEAR Each year, we invite the best in the local homebuilding business to enter their
most creative and innovative work for our annual Homes of the Year contest. And each year, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re wowed by the talent that 417-land has to offer. To help determine our winners, we called on the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association to judge the contest this year. In the end, they chose five houses that not only met the needs of the client but also blew the judges away with their designs. Peek through the pages of our feature story to find inspiration in each
LET THERE BE LIGHT s o en oor n t see r t n r no s to es n to e n o t o t e te t e s e tt e s t t on on
t t t e te e n t on t e
$1 MILLION OR MORE WINNER
$750,000 TO $999,999 WINNER
$500,000 TO $749,999 WINNER
LESS THAN $500,000 WINNER
BEST FLOOR PLAN WINNER
on the cover
This gorgeous estate was the Homes of the Year $1 million dollar or more winner and was created by Hetherington Design and Consulting, Rex Winslow Construct and DKW Designs.
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CONTENTS WINTER 2019
14 MOOD BOARD
Winter’s color palette doesn’t have to be cold and dreary; warm up your home with neutral tones and warm shades.
Bring the outdoors in with fresh greenery from four local spots to liven up any room in the house.
ink driftwood is just for the beach? ink again. Turn unique glass and driftwood vases into a winter wonderland.
24 SHOP TALK
For all things home decor and design, look to House Counsel, the newest design studio and lifestyle goods marketplace.
30 A LOOK INSIDE
We’re following Mackenzi Pitman’s advice for hosting and keeping it simple this holiday season. Find out why you should, too.
Winter’s favorite citrus is for more than just eating. Hint: It makes for a great pop of color on your fireplace.
38 STYLE IT
Looking to warm up your kitchen’s design? See if butcher block countertops might be the right choice for your home.
87 PRO TIPS
Daniel Ernce shares his top six kitchen must-haves so you can start cooking like a professional at home.
Another new year already? Elevate the evening’s customary toast with fresh champagne cocktails and bid 2019 adieu.
Cocoa powder is good for so much more than a basic brownie. ink outside the box and try a new take on the classic ingredient.
96 END NOTE
What would the holidays be without a little friendly competition? Find out how the Shaulis family celebrates Christmas Eve. 8
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82 KITCHEN SPOTLIGHT
An open floor plan and functionality were top priorities for Mathew Hufft when designing a local family’s kitchen.
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19 A LITTLE BIRDIE
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Neisha Whitaker, creator behind Little Bird Studios, finds inspiration for her pottery in the Ozarks.
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EVOKE WELLNESS WITH
WARM NEUTRALS Lean into minimalism without sacrificing warmth with just the right neutrals.
ith the new year around the corner, designers are warmly welcoming a new decade in home design and, with that, a
new love for serene combinations of softly muted neutrals. This human and earthy palette creates the perfect clean canvas for energizing pops of color, sophisticated matte blacks and unique architectural elements. Texture takes on an important role within this mood board, blending natural aesthetics,
Nordic simplicity, rounded forms and warm metals. Today’s neutrals are transitional and hearty with undertones like pewter, mauve, stone, charcoal, lilac, blue and rust. Layering these colors, along with rich textures and natural elements, can help people feel engaged, included and healthy in a serene space.
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STYLED BY DYLAN LYLE | WRITTEN BY HEATHER KANE
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GATHER TOGETHER Arnie's loft at Arnie’s Barn is the perfect cozy spot to host a small gathering.
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If you’re in search of the perfect private dining space to wow your out-of-town guests for the holidays, consider this hidden loft at Top of the Rock for your next festive feast. WRITTEN BY HALEY PHILLIPS
he holidays are the perfect time to gather around the table and share a meal with loved ones. But for those occasions where you’re looking to enjoy the company but not the dishes that come with having guests over, look to Arnie’s loft at Arnie’s Barn. Tucked in above Top of the Rock’s Arnie’s Barn Restaurant, this cozy space can accommodate up
to 12 people in its a-frame design and comes with a sprawling view of the front of the property. The opposite side of the space looks out over the main restaurant and open kitchen, enticing guests with the savory smell of dinner being prepared. Guests can enjoy the same menu selections from Arnie’s Barn or for an additional fee, a set menu is determined. A pair of elegant egg-shaped chairs flank the corners of the room and are ready for after-meal chatter away from the table. Following a delicious dinner, invite your guests to unwind with a cocktail next to one of the property’s 36 fireplaces and take in the spectacular sunset over Table Rock Lake.
Info Where: Arnie's loft at Arnie’s Barn, 150 Top of the Rock Road, Ridgedale Cost: Rental fee starting at $75; plus, food and beverage minimum When: Available for reservations during Arnie’s Barn’s normal business hours. Contact: eserve the loft through the restaurant’s reservationist at 00-225- 343
CLASS ACT In Meike Aton’s texture painting class, learn how to paint with feeling and create artwork from the heart. WRITTEN BY HALEY PHILLIPS
become synonymous with Aton’s work, along with vibrant colors and bold florals, and now you can learn how she does it while creating a masterpiece of your own.
When: January 21–22, 10 a.m. 3 30 p.m. Cost: $180 or $165 if you sign up by January 4. Where: 1200 E. oodhurst rive, Springfield To reserve your spot, contact Meike Aton at 417-343-34 1 to leave a message or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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eike Aton, owner and artist of Meike Aton Art Studio & Gallery, believes you don't need to paint perfectly like a photograph; instead, you should paint how you feel. After a teaching career and raising her children, the German artist returned to her artistic roots by taking workshops with artists she admired to help hone her skills. Today, Aton holds workshops of her own, teaching students how to paint from the heart using a few unique methods—including painting with texture. This technique has
DATEBOOK Craft, cook and gather inspiration for your home all winter long. WRITTEN BY KATIE POLLOCK ESTES
Turn your home building and remodeling dreams into reality by hooking up with great vendors and businesses at the 2020 HBA HOME SHOW. It’s a one-stop-shop for all of your home inspiration and resources.
Make a gift for a friend (or yourself) to warm up the winter at the CHUNKY KNIT BLANKET WORKSHOPS at AR Workshop. Neutral-colored chenille chunky yarn is provided for creating a cozy throw blanket. Learn simple hand-knitting techniques—no needles needed! Sign up at arworkshop.com.
Deck your halls with homemade decor at the FRIENDS OF THE GARDEN’S TOPIARY TREES AND SWAGS WORKSHOP from 2 to 4 p.m. Fresh greenery and dried natural elements are on hand for creating your masterpiece, and it all comes from the Springfield Greene County Botanical Center gardens. Visit friendsofthegarden.org to register.
Every Thursday from 3–9 p.m., you and your friends can pop into The Workshop at Finley Farms for OPEN CRAFT NIGHT. You bring your favorite craft supplies, and The Workshop provides beer, wine and cocktails that are named for herbs—like The Sage, which features gin, sage-ginger syrup, lemon juice, egg white and fresh sage.
Boost your holiday baked goods game by attending the HOLIDAY BAKING TRADITIONS CLASS AT B+B BOULANGERIE BOULANGERIE. There you’ll learn how to make panettone, candied citrus, buche de noel, Danish klejner cookies and even more goodies to impress your holiday guests. Visit katiemadeit.com to register for the class.
Bundle up and hit the streets for FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK, where you can bop around owntown Springfield taking a peek at the work of local artists that’s on display at local galleries and businesses. You might even be able to warm up with a glass of wine at some of the stops.
Find inspiration for your spring landscaping projects at the annual LAWN & GARDEN SHOW (February 28 to March 1) at Ozark Empire Fairgrounds E*Plex. There are 100 exhibitors in tons of service areas: landscape design, lawn care services, gardening, water features, patio furniture, pools and more.
MEET THE MAKER
INSPIRED BY THE
Neisha Whitaker, owner of Little Bird Studios, uses natural beauty as inspiration for her pottery masterpieces.
WRITTEN BY JENNA DEJONG
Photo courtesy Little Bird Studios
eisha Whitaker's pottery is a reflection of her childhood. Her mother was an illustrator, and her father was constantly rebuilding cars and homes. Their creative spirit and hands-on approach captivated Whitaker and as she spins her own works, she recalls sitting next to her parents, watching them, as they slowly instilled in her a love for art. Now as Whitaker creates her own art—she has a special talent for pottery—she continues to call on her childhood for inspiration. As the owner of Little Bird Studios, Whitaker creates teacups, mugs, bowls and more. The hues of her pieces echo early memories of hiking in Arkansas and regional parks, a favorite family pastime that she continues to enjoy as an adult with her own family. Perhaps Whitaker’s favorite part of 417-land is living in the heart of the Ozarks. Swimming in rivers and going on hikes are still among her favorite hobbies, which are evident in her pottery. Whitaker favors curved lines and her Instagram feed shows a pattern of blue, green, brown, tan, orange and yellow. To her, the painting is as much of the piece as throwing and shaping it on the wheel. From creating the piece to painting, glazing and drying, a single batch of 12 teacups can take days to finish.
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Your favorite local greenhouses and nurseries aren’t just hotspots for summer planting aspirations. They’re great go-to spots for holiday greenery too. BY KATIE POLLOCK ESTES
lant lovers who fill their homes with tropical leaves and chunky succulents the rest of the year might want to switch things up for the holidays and throw in some evergreen goodness. Local nurseries put their Santa hats on for the holidays too, and they offer so much Christmas inspiration. This time of year you can find rows upon rows of lush poinsettias in classic Christmas red, blushing pink and neutral white. Spots that sell Christmas trees also have live greenery—in the form of pre-designed wreaths or swags, or bundles of boughs that you can use to create your own decorations at home. Schaffitzel’s carries beautiful Christmas cactuses, and some spots (like Joplin Greenhouse) have been known to offer classes to help you make sweet decorations like kissing balls. Whatever your goal—easy, ready-to-go goods or supplies for a craft project—it’s likely just a greenhouse away.
Wickman’s Garden Village 1345 S. ort Ave., Springfield Schaﬃtzel’s Flowers & Greenhouse 1711 E. Atlantic St., Springfield Wheeler Gardens 1 25 S. edford Ave., Springfield Joplin Greenhouse & Garden Center 2 20 E. 32nd St., oplin 417homemag.com
MOONLIT MAGIC Take coastal items like driftwood and molten glass vases and turn them into something wintry and wonderful this holiday season. WRITTEN AND STYLED BY DYLAN LYLE & SIDNEY YOUNG | PHOTOGRAPHED BY BRANDON ALMS
Assorted holiday trees: from $5.50 at Harrison House Market Holiday snowmen: from $5 at Harrison House Market
Photos by TK Photographer
Vintage books: from $4.50 at Harrison House Market Snow covered pine stems: $17 each at The Market
Cohasset molten glass vases on driftwood: various shapes and sizes from $119 to $408 for medium to large sizes at Maschinos; tea light sizes are also available
Photos by Heather Kane, Brandon Alms
Paper hanging decor: various shapes, sizes and colors, from $4.50 at Harrison House Market
DREAM TEAM Jeannie Breshears and her husband, Mark, along with their retail store and events director Jesse Milian are focused on making the House Counsel brand an all-encompassing resource for your home design, staging and home goods needs.
YOUR HOME With its clean design and casual elegance, House Counsel is welcoming minimalism to the Midwest. WRITTEN BY HALEY PHILLIPS PHOTOGRAPHED BY BRANDON ALMS
tep inside House Counsel to shop and you are sure to find something a little bit out of the ordinary. “It’s no fun for the consumer to go from store to store and see the same items,” says owner and lead designer, Jeannie Breshears. “Offering something different to the consumer was very important to us.” The new design studio and lifestyle goods marketplace focuses primarily on sleek furniture pieces and simple home decor but also offers complimentary and full-service design consulting. “We want to be a resource for our customers and many situ-
ations do not require a site visit,” Breshears says. So, whether a customer has questions about furniture repositioning in a room, selecting a paint color or decluttering, Breshears is here to help. Inside, the store’s showroom reflects the same fresh and minimalistic approach reminiscent of the coast, complete with the constant stream of warm sunshine pouring through from the store’s main windows. Throughout the store, you’ll find modern and vintage pieces intermingled with one another that create a surprisingly well-balanced space. Evident in every small detail, it’s really no surprise that the idea behind House
Counsel has been in the works for a long time. But Breshear's dream is still in the making, with a few more tricks up her sleeve. Breshears—along with her husband, Mark, and their retail store and events director, Jesse Milian— is focused on growing the reach of the House Counsel brand. That growth will be complete with home staging services, a microlearning platform for home and living and a furniture and lifestyle line. “We’re a pretty strong team,” Breshears says. “It would have been harder to accomplish our goal if we didn’t have each other to rely on and share the responsibility.”
SEAL THE DEAL Glass canisters with a recycled iron handle and rubber seal turn dry goods, cookies or decorative holiday ornaments into beautiful displays. (Small, medium and large canisters, $104–128)
THE WHITE HOUSE House Counsel’s showroom is bright, fresh and airy with pieces ranging from minimalistic and modern to vintage and warm.
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SCANDINAVIAN CHIC A wall of windows floods ouse Counsel’s chic white interior with light, and the clean, minimalistic lines echo the store’s aesthetic.
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Q&A WITH THE OWNER 417 Home: Where did you get the inspiration for the name House Counsel, and what does the name mean to you? Jeannie Breshears: House Counsel is a play on words but when I studied the meaning of the actual words, I thought the name supported our vision. A home or house is more than just a place, it binds family and friends together and it shelters traces of our journey. The definition of counsel is to guide, advise and suggest. [As an interior designer,] I’m trained to see things that my client might not see, so having the word counsel in our name is a perfect representation of our vision.
417 Home: Where do you find inspiration J.B.: Social media is a huge platform of inspiration. There is so much visual appeal, but at the end of the day, I love simple spaces that are filled with texture, layers and beautiful materials. 417 Home: How do you decide what products to include in the store? J.B.: We attend various trade markets and have relationships with vendors who understand our style. We love modern sustainability, so this is always at the forefront when we make buying decisions, [but] we’re always on the lookout for rare vintage finds also.
417 Home: What rules do you follow when decorating? J.B.: There are so many ways to create balance and harmony by using existing pieces or eliminating excess. Spaces should nourish our senses, not deplete them, so that usually requires a thoughtful approach and understanding of the existing space and how it’s used in daily life. 417 Home: What is your best decorating advice? J.B.: Fresh paint works wonders, and it allows you to rearrange furniture to create a new setting. Keep in mind that if you paint every room a different color, it chops up living space and interrupts the style flow.
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ONE WITH NATURE Arkifex Studios brings the outside in with a unique design that mirrors and blends into one local homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natural Ozarkian surroundings.
A small kitchen used to keep Mackenzi Pitman from hosting. Now, three years after joining a local dinner party club, the lifestyle blogger and author combines beauty with functionality to host successful gatherings. WRITTEN BY JENNA DEJONG WANT MORE FROM MACKENZI PITMAN? Her new book about a healthy approach to social media is tentatively scheduled to release in January 2020. Follow her on Instagram (@mackenzipitman) or on her blog at zinnialn.com for updates.
Go for Fulfillment, Not Envy “I think it’s really easy to [host] in a way that says, ‘Look at me; look at what I have,’” Mackenzi Pitman says. “I really like breaking it down to simple hospitality in a way that makes people feel seen and welcome at your table so that they leave your home feeling filled.
Go for Originality, Not Risk When Pitman hosts, she chooses a recipe that is a safe bet. With ingredients like potatoes, carrots, rotisserie chicken, onions, peas, blackened seasoning and a homemade pie crust recipe from her father-in-law, Pitman’s chicken pot pie is sure to wow any crowd.
Go for Simplicity, Not Complexity Frilly decorations and expensive china are nice to have, but these extra add-ins aren’t the point of hosting. Instead, Pitman says she visits her family’s flea market, RZ’s Antiques and Flea Market, when she needs a little something extra.
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OH, CITRUS TREE Creating an earthy and natural garland is easy with a few simple steps in the kitchen. WRITTEN BY HEATHER KANE bright orange to a rusty dark color on each slice. Remove from the oven and cool. Once cooled down, use scissors to poke 2 holes in the top of each orange slice. Cut your desired length of twine and Directions: cover the ends with masking tape Cut the oranges into slices, about to make it easier to thread. Thread Âź-inch thick. Pat each slice dry with a the orange slices and beads onto paper towel before placing on a bakthe twine in any order you like. ing sheet lined with parchment paper. Remove the masking tape and tie Bake at 200 for around 4 hours, flip- off the ends to finish the garland ping the oranges every hour. Remove once you have your desired length any of the thinner oranges that look and look. The end result looks completely dry throughout the prolovely strung across a fireplace cess to avoid too much decolorization. mantel, hanging in a window or You want the perfect combination of a even on your Christmas tree!
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ARCHITECTURE Seeking to redefine architecture in the Ozarks, Arkifex Studios dreamed up this Springfield residence using the environment as inspiration in the design and a commitment to regional aesthetic as its blueprint. WRITTEN BY JENNIFER ADAMSON
“With the way we design homes, it’s all about framing the view and bringing natural materials in,” says Cody Danastasio, partner at Arkifex Studios and lead designer for the firm on this project. “In the modern practice of architecture, you want to let the materials be what they actually are. It’s a focus on the visceral, how you feel when you inhabit a space.” Another component of this formulated aesthetic known as Ozark Modernism is found in physically translating the philosophies of other cultures into the work. For this project, the use of materials that transform the look of some exterior
BRIGHT AND WARM The organic design of the interior blurs the line between inside and outside. Floor-to-ceiling windows emphasize the closeness of the tree line while locally sourced walnut floors and limestone accents ground the homeowners to nature.
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n the living room of this 6,200-square-foot residence in rural Springfield, floor-to-ceiling windows provide an unobstructed wooded view that envelops guests like a warm hug. More warmth seeps from beneath from locally harvested, unstemmed walnut floors, offering the perfect contrast to stark white drywall and locally sourced limestone, both used inside. In constructing this home, a connection to nature and making sure the design resonates with a distinctly regional appeal were top considerations—paramount to the ethos of Arkifex Studios.
From concept to
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This rural Springfield home defines O ark Modernism. As a trademark of Arkifex Studios, the style puts a regional spin on worldly design philosophies while connecting clients to the natural environment. For instance, the 10-foot cantilever over the entrance was birthed from a conceptual abstraction of when a log falls in the woods, which then led to the use of locally sourced limestone below.
parts of the home over time is an homage to the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, which focuses on appreciating imperfections. For instance, part of the outdoor patio was framed using a corten steel planter. Years from now, the unblemished concrete retaining wall below the planter will be stained with rusty drips. “Knowing that would eventually happen, we had to be careful and purposeful in the placement of things,” says Danastasio. “We wanted to test out the idea of making current design practices from around the world look at home in the Ozarks. You can still create modern, relevant design while making sure it has a sense of regionalism.” Since Arkifex Studios completed this home in 2017, the design philosophy of Ozark Modernism has been used for several other residential and commercial builds and renovations. As clients catch on to this fresh way of designing, Danastasio is hopeful the work of Arkifex Studios will become instantly recognizable. “We’re continuing to use it and refine what it is,” he says. “Being critical of it and critiquing it over time will only help its identity. I view it as a movement in this area.”
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READY FOR RAIN On the upper half of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exterior, ipe lumber was installed using a rainscreen method, which allows water to drain and evaporate quickly. On the lower half, the neutrality of limestone from a nearby quarry is a juxtaposition to a concrete retaining wall beautifully adorned with rust from the planter above it.
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GET IN LINE Parallel lines that shape the kitchen’s furnishings mimic those found on the home's exterior. The similar design is visible through picture windows that allow for streams of light to brighten the already airy room.
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CULTURE Learn whether the butcher block trend is a good fit for your kitchen and lifestyle.
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f you’re dreaming of a kitchen with all the warmth of fresh-baked bread, butcher block countertops may be for you. Shelley Wehner, who owns Cabinet Concepts by Design with her husband, Matt, says it’s critical to get specific about what you want from them. “Do you just like the look?” she asks. “Will you be cutting on the counter? How are you with wear and tear?” These counters come in a range of wood and grain types, all of which can be selected to meet your goals. It’s important to be aware, Wehner says, that no matter the wood you choose, it won’t be as strong as stone. Over time, scratches and dents will show. “Really old butcher blocks may even get indented where dough has been kneaded,” Wehner says. “They have a beautiful patina, but you have to be okay with seeing the wear.”
The lived-in look makes butcher block countertops a good choice for anyone who loves the look of vintage saddlebags. But if pristine patent leather is more your thing, you might need to look elsewhere. If you embrace the patina, Wehner says: “They’ll be there until you remodel your kitchen. And it’s always an option to refinish them—just like wood floors.” You may want to combine them with other counter types. For example, Wehner often suggests quartz or granite around a sink, then build in wood sections for food prep. A butcher block can be raised for an architectural feel or recessed into the counter. “It’s easier to knead dough if the counter surface is a bit lower,” she says. “So we’ll sometimes drop a butcher block down for people who make pies and cinnamon rolls.”
PAINLESS PREP The warmth, timelessness and versatility of wooden butcher block countertops make them a stylish and practical addition to any kitchen.
Wood options A wide range of wood species is available. Popular choices include hard maple, cherry, walnut and hickory. When choosing, consider appearance, price point and durability. Generally, the cost is comparable to granite. “The price has to do with how much labor and material is required,” Wehner says. The counters are assembled from multiple pieces of wood—not a solid block. The different ways the wood is assembled create different wood grains. To select a grain, you’ll need to know how you want to use the counter. For prepping food If you envision cutting and kneading on your counters, consider end grain (often shown in a checkerboard pattern), or edge grain, which is assembled with the skinny edge of boards facing up. These counters will be finished with a food-safe oil and have a very natural-looking wood appearance. Just for looks If you aren’t planning to cut on the counters, flat grain is also an option. This will look most like a flat, wood surface. As long as you aren’t planning to cut or food prep on the counter, any grain can be stained and finished with polyurethane. Maintenance Clean your counters with warm soapy water. If you notice they’re drying out, wipe them with a food-safe oil. In general, it’s a good idea to clean up spills as quickly as possible. Wood isn’t as forgiving, Wehner says, as quartz or granite.
THE HEAT Heated floors are much more attainable than you might think. What better way to stave off those chilly 417-land winters?
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here’s nothing worse than crawling out of bed and tiptoeing onto a frigid bathroom floor. Today, more and more homeowners are opting for radiant heated floors, which directly heat the people and objects in a room—unlike traditional forced air systems, which heat the air first and your chilly toes second.
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“Quite simply, radiant flooring offers the highest degree of comfort,” says Kolyn Marshall, system design engineer for Watts Technology. While heated floors may seem like a luxury, Marshall points out that they’re cost-effective in the end, typically costing less to operate than traditional forced air systems. Mary Martin of Bearden Carpet agrees. “If you have good insulation, it’s probably not going to increase your heating bill,” Martin says. 40
That comes as a surprise for some homeowners, especially given the flexible heat settings on most radiant floors, going as high as 104 degrees (although 80 to 85 degrees is a more comfortable option). Stress-Free Installation
With that level of heat, infrastructure is everything. Martin recommends homeowners install heated floors during a major build or a remodel; fortunately, radiant heat allows for a high degree of design flexibility. “There’s no limitation on the floor covering you can use,” Marshall says. “Although you need to keep in mind that the floor covering can impact the radiant system’s performance.” For example, high-mass flooring like marble won’t transmit heat as quickly. Additionally, when working with hardwood, it’s crucial to ensure that the wood manufacturer is approved for heated flooring—something flooring installers like Bearden can easily check.
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HOMES of the YEAR
ur annual Homes of the Year contest is a tradition we look forward to every year. This contest allows local talent to show off and celebrate their best, most recent work. ithout fail, we’re always ama ed as entries pour in, each one filled with pictures of dream homes that beckon us to stare awhile. To select winners, we recruited judges from the Central Oklahoma ome uilders Association. They narrowed it down to five winners, which wasn’t an easy feat. As you turn through the pages, take note of the unique materials, co y gathering spaces and resort-like retreats. Meet the builders, architects and designers who pushed the boundaries to create functional, stunning homes, and allow yourself to get caught in a daydream of commissioning your own custom home. WRITTEN BY TESSA COOPER
MEET the JUDGES
MANDY LUNSFORD 5 Star Builders
DIANE CAMPBELL Jim Campbell Homes, Inc.
Mandy Lunsford is the Sales Marketing Manager for 5 Star uilders in Mustang, Oklahoma and the interior designer for all spec homes built by the firm. She serves on the Central Oklahoma ome uilders Association (CO A) oard of irectors and is the CO A Sales Marketing Council Chair and the CO A Parade of omes Awards Chair. Mandy is continually adding to her knowledge of the home building industry through educational courses and certification programs offered through the A.
iane Campbell has been working in the building industry since 1 4 and has contributed to projects in Texas and Oklahoma. In 2002, she earned her master’s in residential marketing, which is a designation from the ational Association of ome uilders. Campbell served as the Midwest City el City Moore Association of ealtors president in 2014 and has been a member of CO A for 1 years. Along with her husband, she manages im Campbell omes and is a licensed realtor.
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This year's contest was judged by two experts from the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association.
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BRINGING THE OUTDOORS IN The views encompassing this local home prompted the design behind the build to incorporate indoor and outdoor spaces for enjoyment.
STICKS AND STONES e went to great lengths to search out the perfect stone for the exterior of the house, enise right says. e wanted the exterior of the home to blend into the landscape. ith guidance from right, the homeowners chose to use natural stone. This material is becoming a rare, yet impactful design choice.
MODERN TIMBER FRAME RESORT CATEGORY: 1 MILLIO O MO E
Due to the owners’ varying styles, the ocean meets the woodlands in this modern timber frame resort-style home.
ack when this abode was just a dream, the homeowners wanted it to reflect both their styles. The inspiration was Montana’s Douglas fir timber homes and Caribbean resorts, and JJ Hetherington, Rex Winslow and Denise Wright delivered. The result was modern amenities, meandering living spaces and texture around every corner, and each professional involved brought the goal to life. “We merged different styles together into one cohesive design the homeowners would both enjoy,” Wright says. For starters, Wright’s design choices tied the two themes together. The two styles are exemplified in the kitchen.
Its luminous backsplash has a subtle shell-like appearance, and the Cygnus brushed granite countertops feature a unique pattern that mimics wood. When creating the home’s layout, Winslow and Hetherington blended rooms almost seamlessly into one another. For example, the conjoining kitchen and casual family room create the perfect space for quality time. “They had a vision for their home; I simply interpreted that vision,” Hetherington says. “It’s people like Rex and Denise that make the vision a reality. So when the family moves into the home, it’s part of them, and it’s who they are. It’s their story.”
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FOCAL POINT nowing the living room would be a gathering place for the family and guests, ex inslow put extra effort into building this suspended hearth fireplace and mantel.
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PLAYING WITH TEXTURE The pendant lights dispersed throughout the home feature shiny and airy textures that hint at broken sea glass and crystal waters, and the floor-to-ceiling sliding doors completely open to invite the outdoors inside.
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GO WITH THE FLOW The same engineered hardwood flooring flows throughout the home’s common areas. To create a distinction between the kitchen and family room, right and inslow decided to change up the plank’s pattern. right also thoughtfully curated the family room’s furniture. She proposed swivel chairs, so the room’s occupant can change their view to look outside, watch TV or chat with someone in the kitchen. RELAX AND GATHER Since family was always in the forefront of the owners’ minds, it was important to design spaces that would accommodate their friends and growing family for years to come. This one-of-a-kind outdoor living space with an infinity pool, outdoor living room and sprawling views created the perfect place to do just that. 417homemag.com
MORNINGWAY CATEGORY: 750,000 TO
ven gazing at a bird’s-eye view of this home tucked away in The Hill subdivision doesn’t give you a hint of what all it has to offer. For example, you’d need to look at the blueprints to see that underneath the home’s attached garage lies a private studio apartment with its own kitchen, perfect for guests or extended family. Or, that despite this home’s modest size, it packs in a living room, a bedroom suite, a master suite, an additional guest bedroom, two full bathrooms, a powder bath, a kitchen, a dining area and an office, all in addition to the private living quarters. The owners wanted many separate spaces with unique functions, but they also wanted to keep the area of the home close to 4,000 square feet. “The challenge was to meet those requirements while still having the rooms feel open and spacious,” says Joan Hand, the architect for this project. “The solution was to combine functions wherever possible and design the rooms with high ceilings and large, tall windows.”
ARCHITECT oan and Hand Architecture
Inside, you can find small details that make this house functional and comfortable. It has amenities throughout, like a bathroom mirror that doubles as a TV, perfect for catching up on the news while preparing for the day. “We stress weekly meetings with our clients on all jobs,” says builder Gary Herman. “We are constantly updating the small details to completely customize their home.” SOFT EDGES The owners saw a photo of a stone arch and asked oan and to incorporate one into their home between the kitchen and living room. CHARMING WOODS The homeowners love the surrounding woods and wanted to preserve as much of it as possible. The features of the property influenced the final shape of the home. and, erman and the owners located and saved the most desirable trees and fit the home to the hillside to honor the natural landscape and views.
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With its bonus private living quarters and extensive woodworking details, this Craftsman-style home is a charming forever home.
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SUBTLE COLOR The homeowners chose a color between green and gray with white trim to make the exterior their own. ather than using contrasting colors, they used texture to give depth to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upper gables by pairing ames ardie vertical siding with shingles. They nailed it with the color palette, Gary erman says.
SUPERSYMMETRY Gary erman created the coffered ceiling to give the room sophisticated symmetry that blends with the real stone fireplace.
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STORAGE GALORE The homeowners valued ample storage. Staying true to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s layout style, Gary erman installed tall Craftsman-style cabinets that tower all the way to the ceiling with inset flush doors.
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TIPS FROM THE PROS 417 Home: our winning entry reflects both owners’ tastes. o you have tips on how to merge two completely different building styles together Rex Winslow, Construct: The owners had great ideas and styles they wanted to achieve in their dream home. ust like all couples, the ideas and styles were not exactly the same. My general advice is plan on spending time with your builder to discuss everyone’s ideas and objectives. Anything you’ve imagined, share it. rainstorm as much as possible with your builder. If you’re able to put together a great team that includes a designer, do it. 417 Home: ou mixed new building materials with antique designs and materials. oes it take extra care and creativity to work with this style and old materials that can often be fragile Jason Bekebrede, Monticello Custom Homes & Remodeling: I think the two can go so well together,
and I think that is why terms like Modern armhouse, Modern Craftsman and Transitional have been so popular. People want the cleaner lines and conveniences of the modern design and style, but the comfort that can come from the old style. The projects where we add mixed antique fixtures or pieces into a new space have been ones that we just do it, the care is more put into where we place it and how we make it work than designing around it. 417 Home: The homeowners were very involved in the design. o you have any tips for homeowners who want to collaborate with their builders on the design elements Gary Herman, Herman Custom Critical Homes: esigning a home to fit the land and satisfying the homeowner’s wishes can be complicated. ithin the ill Subdivision, the goal is to blend the home
into the hillside while protecting as many trees as possible. efore we even begin placement, we request our clients to provide photos of their dream home. It’s very common for them to already have a Pinterest page ready to share. This input and lot review allows us all to picture their custom home goals prior to the plans being drawn. 417 Home: o you have any tips on how to choose building materials that reflect a timeless, yet modern style that avoids fast trends Brett Godfrey, Built by Brett: I’ve always been a big symmetry fan. Any project that is pleasing to the eye has to have it. owever, surprise and interest play a large part in today’s modern designs. Choose materials that reflect timeless shapes and use them symmetrically. Use color for the surprise and interest part of the equation for timeless forms with a twist. 417homemag.com
OZARK MODERN AT HIDDEN TREE CATEGORY: 500,000 TO 74 ,
Built by Brett, Erica Lea Design Studios and Jason Thompson teamed up to create this rustic-modern home that marries modern and historical-inspired elements free of fast trends.
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s owners of a residential construction company, Brett Godfrey and his wife, Sherry, never let themselves get too settled in a home. In fact, since they began their business in 1986, they have lived in about eight different homes, and they’ve built and sold each one. That’s soon to be the same story for this home, and for this reason, assembling the right team was crucial. Godfrey worked alongside interior designer Erica Hendrix and home designer Jason Thompson to create this timeless home with today’s homebuyers in mind. “The type of setting that it’s in dictated the Ozark modern theme of the house,” Godfrey says. “When I bought the piece of property, we found a lot of old stuff, like wagon parts from the farmers who previously had it. That’s kind of what precipitated using materials that represented indigenous types of materials.” Godfrey and Hendrix made specific choices to create an easy-to-live-in home that would age well. The quartz countertops and walnut cabinets in the kitchen are smooth and easy to wipe down
and won’t show signs of wear anytime soon. The master bathroom features a floating sink that a mop can glide right under. “We designed this home for a hypothetical younger family,” Hendrix says. “I thought, ‘What do families in this area look for?’ They look for something fresh, new and modern with ease of living.” EMBRACING SURROUNDINGS e really let the lot dictate the overall si e of the house and overall footprint, rett Godfrey says. ith the trees and slope, it was a challenging lot. owever, Godfrey allowed the challenge to inspire rather than hinder him by adding thoughtful details like a screened-in porch that shows off the O arks landscape. A NATURAL TOUCH Godfrey selected a metal roof and exposed creek gravel aggregate for the retaining walls as a nod to classic O arks homes and barns built with stone foundations and tin roofs. ason Thompson says that the large roof overhangs with exposed rafter tails and the custom cantilever brackets set this project apart from others that he’s worked on. 417homemag.com
OPEN AND BRIGHT The living room, formal dining room and kitchen are one big room, and Godrey separated each with architectural details. hen we do custom homes, this is one big thing that keeps recurring in the floor plan, Godfrey says. People want an open space for family and the formal’ parts of the house aren’t really formal anymore. eeping this open space bright was a design challenge that Thompson overcame. The screened-in porch blocked natural light in the kitchen, so he proposed clerestory windows.
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COZY TIME ecause the living room features vast windows that span almost entirely from floor to ceiling, the floating hearth adds visual warmth in addition to physical warmth. It’s a great place to sit and warm up during the wintertime, Godfrey says. Erica endrix chose to incorporate the same subway tile from the kitchen and the same walnut detailing as the master bedroom and entryway on this fixture.
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WELCOME HOME Inside, you won’t find the classic tell-tale signs of a spec home, like gray walls and trendy wide-plank flooring. Instead, you’ll see warm and inviting interiors with thoughtful details like the classic, thin hardwood floors, a sturdy walnut door and a unique planter that gives the entryway an atrium feel. rett challenged me to use my creative noggin and do things that we hadn’t done before, endrix says.
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GILLIAM MODERN FARMHOUSE WINNER IN TWO CATEGORIES: LESS T A
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Something old meets something new in every room of this modern farmhouse.
Many materials in the home are either locally sourced or natural. Bekebrede’s favorite element in the home is the real wood ceilings. “I've done a lot in my career but these ones turned out especially nice,” he says. “The colors are subtle but still allow you to see the graining and knots in the wood.” IN RANGE ason ekebrede took extra care into incorporating the vintage awning into the oven’s hood range. e built an interior wood frame that held the working parts of the hood and used the delicate aluminum piece as a decorative cover. A CLEAN SLATE The vanity is one example of a natural element in the home. The marble came from Phenix, Missouri, and in spots it contains fossili ed starfish imprints, which ekebrede made sure to place prominently near the faucets.
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or homeowners Craig and Carlissa Gilliam, farms hold special memories. Craig spent his childhood summers playing fastpitch softball, quail hunting and hauling hay on his grandfather’s dairy and Angus farm. The old white farmhouse on the property was the destination of many holiday gatherings and the location of one of Craig and Carlissa’s first dates. So when they started working with Dale Peer and Jason Bekebrede on their new home, they knew they wanted it to be a modern farmhouse with vintage elements, and they wanted to be very involved in the building process. “Communication is key,” Bekebrede says. “We talked a lot during the project about what older items they had and they wanted in the home so we could make sure to have wiring for the lights and such… We obviously tried to stay true to the vision the owners had on the design elements and suggest ones in addition to complement the style and design they were trying to achieve.”
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PORCH SITTING Prior to settling in Missouri, the couple spent some time living in Mississippi, so a spacious porch was at the top of their wish list. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mississippi taught us many lessons, like front porches are where everything happens, Carlissa says. The white oak posts that tie the porch together were harvested from a sawmill in illow Springs.
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THINK GREEN The kitchen has ample storage, including a discreet pull-out cabinet that contains four recycle bins. This enables Craig and Carlissa to quickly sort and transport their recyclable trash to a recycling center in Springfield. e are avid recyclers, and living in ogersville does not impede our commitment to protecting the environment, Carlissa says.
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SOMETHING OLD When Carlissa began searching for lights, she discovered Randy’s Antique Lighting at Relics Antique Mall. “We stalked the inventory for months,” she says. “Piece by piece, over nearly one year, we collected rooms of vintage brass lights.” The milk glass pendant lights hanging above the kitchen island once hung in Drury University.
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BUILDER Jason Bekebrede Monticello Custom Homes & Remodeling
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A FOREVER HOME hen determining the layout of the home, homeowners Craig and Carlissa Gilliam believed protecting the land’s beauty could pay off in the long run. e wanted the farmhouse to have the energy e ciency of the woods to protect from the summer heat and the winter winds, Carlissa says. ekebrede placed the home as close to the remaining trees as safely as possible to give each room a view of the secluded wooded lot. It makes the
house feel as if it was there already for many years the day we completed, ekebrede says. Craig and Carlissa’s land sits just a few acres away from their grandchildren, making it the ideal spot to retire, so Peer designed wider doorways and kept the home on a single level, and ekebrede aimed to keep the home as close to the ground as possible to minimi e the number of steps. e also included other age-friendly details, like a ero-entry shower.
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When it comes to learning about trending materials and styles, who better to ask than the builders? Each one shared which texture combos and elements they’ve been admiring lately, and ones that stand the test of time. Rex Winslow, Construct: e are a commercial general contractor, as well as a custom residential builder. e like to combine the best of both worlds. It’s fun combining steel, wood, big timbers, masonry, glass and concrete along with finer finishes. Some of these materials or products that are made from them don’t always work well together. or this reason, means and methods are very important during planning and building. y the end of the project, making them all transition together is crucial in making a building feel like a home. Jason Bekebrede, Monticello Custom Homes & Remodeling: e’ve done a wide assortment of styles and design combinations over the last 15 years. e’ve done a lot of the shiplap over the last handful of years, and the very bold pattern tile as well. I think the one style that I have gotten into the
least but would really like to get the opportunity to work with is Modern. I’ve done a lot of transitional and Modern armhouse, but we haven’t done just a true modern nearly as much. There are so many parts of the Modern style that are influenced by how you build it. or some details, you have to start planning for them at rough framings, such as flush baseboards and trim-less doors. Gary Herman, Herman Custom Critical Homes: ome styles usually dictate the materials we use, but we suggest exterior products that require low maintenance. These may cost a little more now but are worth it when you won’t have to repaint or replace them in the coming years. e prefer to use fiber cement siding, real stone, brick and heavy gauge aluminum on siding, so t and fascia for exteriors and use real woods inside. hen
homeowners request a modern look utili ing flat roofs, Thyroid peroxidase (TPO) membranes are used for roofing. e’ve recently used it as a decking underlayment for a homeowner wishing to walk out onto their flat roof. Brett Godfrey, Built by Brett: I have enjoyed our local market’s willingness to accept a more transitional or modern motif. Mixing traditional materials with modern elements is visually rewarding but can be very challenging in its execution. Some examples include metal roofing paired with architectural shingle, angle iron and heavy steel I-beams in conjunction with brick and wood. These are exterior examples of unexpected design elements that make a statement. Large-format porcelain tile is a relatively new medium for interior use that is very challenging to work with, but worth the effort. 417homemag.com
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Now that you’ve had the chance to check out 2019’s Homes of the Year, we’re giving you an inside look into the details behind the projects. A lot goes into making these award-worthy homes a success. Here’s a selection of the companies that were involved and that can help you make your home magazine-worthy too!
behind the Build
ex Winslow and the Construct team are honored to receive the Home of the Year Award $1,000,000+ as the builder of the Modern Timber Frame Resort. Winslow says he was inspired by the beautiful property and the challenge to make the home feel like it was supposed to be there. Many of the details for the project revolved around this location, influencing the landscaping, pool, the foundation to shingles and everything in between. The construction of the Modern Timber Frame Resort was unique. The Construct team combined different styles with a great overall design to create several incredible living areas. The result is truly special. Whether you’re indoors or outdoors, there are multiple
places to escape by yourself or enjoy family and friends. It doesn’t sound possible, but this place always makes you feel at home and on vacation at the same time. Construct builds custom homes and is a commercial general contractor serving southwest Missouri. They’ve worked hard in building a great team with strong systems to support their clients. They strive every day to make each building experience a great one, with quality second to none.
Rex Winslow 417-582-2490
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rchitect and Principal of Hand Architecture, Joan believes that designing and building a new Joan Hand, has been practicing residential, home should be fun! This beautiful home was the commercial and institutional architecture in result of the happy collaboration between the owners, California, Oregon and Missouri since receiving her Hand Architecture and the builder, Herman Custom Master of Architecture degree from UCLA in 1982. Critical Homes. The design of the 417 Home of The Year, Morningway, The image of Morningway, above, is an example of a began with the owners’ vision. Understanding this vision rendered perspective drawing by Joan. State-of-the-art is the architects’ most critical task. Besides the style, design and drawing tools allow her to create views and budget and size of the home, she needs to understand perspectives of the home as it’s being designed, giving how the family will live in it: Which rooms require the her clients a glimpse into the future. best views? How much and what type of cooking will be done? Where will they enjoy their morning cup of coffee? How will they entertain? What about porches, patios and pools? Where will they eat, exercise, read, Joan Hand sleep and watch TV? Anything and everything unique to 417-767-4452 | handarchitect.com the client and the property will become the puzzle pieces that shape the design of the home.
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Midwest Design Supply
idwest Design Supply worked with Construct and DKW Designs to provide and install tile throughout the Modern Timber Frame Resort $1,000,000+. Midwest Design Supplyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owner Michael Cheek has worked with Construct on custom homes for years. He believes their relationship boils down to one word: trust. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something his company has earned over time by consistently providing excellent and knowledgeable customer service, working within projected time frames and offering competitive pricing. For the Modern Timber Frame Resort, Midwest Design Supply crafted all of the tile work. This included elegant backsplash with elongated hex glass tile, a beautiful accent wall behind the master bathroom tub, more than 600 square feet of custom-mixed brick paver floor, heated tile floors, showers, fireplace mantles and much more. Cheek believes this project was awarded
because of the quality of the work that each team contributed. Midwest Design Supply opened in 2009 as a familyowned and operated company. They are experts in all things flooring and provide superior customer service, passing on their knowledge to create informed customers. Custom home builders and designers choose Midwest because they can depend on them to provide an exceptional experience to the homeowner, with an end result everyone will be happy with.
Mike Cheek 417-724-2233 | midwestdesignsupply.com
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Left to Right: Jon Stephens, Aaron Cue, Melanie Hudson, Krista Lake, Andie Eschbacher, Caleb Denison, Sharon Schroeder, Drew Frazier
Signature Interior Expressions
ignature Interior Expressions turns design visions into reality! They are proud to have provided materials for the Ozark Modern at Hidden Tree Home of the Year (Category: $500,000-750,000). Shane and Krista Lake opened the company for business in 2004, and they’ve worked every day since to provide a dedicated team that works with homeowners from beginning to end to ensure their project receives the attention it deserves. They provide solutions tailored to meet each homeowner’s distinct needs and ideal vision, bringing it to life. In the spring of 2020, they’re bringing a dream of their own to life: they are expanding in order to serve their customers better! The new space is triple what they have now, going from 25,000 square feet to 75,000. This
will enable them to house all of their materials inside. Rain, shine, sleet or snow, they’ll have a comfortable environment for each client to make their final stone selections. Plus, customers can shop from their tile and hardwood selections and pull everything together, all at one location! Signature Interior Expressions’ new location is just one mile from their current Neosho location, exit 27 off of Interstate 49, across the road from Love’s fueling station. 417.623.1299 | signaturexp.com 1001 S. Rangeline Road | Joplin 12837 Keith Lane | Neosho 6600 MO-171 | Carl Junction
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cme Brick provided the real, custom blend stone for the Modern Timber Frame Resort. What’s especially striking is the uncommon use of stone on the interior of the home. Acme Brick says this success is the culmination of architectural style and the setting of the house, plus all of the products they used to build it. Acme Brick wishes to thank Gary Herman of Herman Custom Critical Homes and Rex Winslow of Construct for letting them be part of their projects. Since 1891, Acme Brick has supplied stone, brick and accessories for every type of job—from small remodels to multi-million dollar projects, both residential and commercial.
Rex Winslow, Jared Carr, Gary Herman 417-883-0502 | brick.com 2325 W. Battlefield Road, Springfield
abinet Concepts by Design would like to express their sincere gratitude to have worked with such talented designers and builders on this year’s Homes of the Year and offer congratulations to the award winners. Cabinet Concepts has served the community for the past 12 years, specializing in custom cabinet and closet design and manufacturing for both new construction and remodels in the tri-state area. Their team consists of talented designers and craftsmen, and their business is built on the tradition of using beautiful, high-quality materials, expert craftsmanship and time-tested cabinet building practices. “By Design” is in their name, because every one of their projects is custom. Matt and Shelley Wehner 417-725-3400 cabinetconceptsbydesign.com 4123 N. State Highway H Springfield
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enise Wright, owner of DKW Designs, says that it’s really not about her. It’s about the client and how, together, they can collaborate to create a space that provides enjoyment, relaxation and revitalization for each day. Wright felt privileged to be the interior designer of the Modern Timber Frame Resort, assisting the clients in creating their ideal home alongside the architect and builder. These homeowners were inspired by their passion for both land and sea. Wright suggested Rift Sawn White Oak for the custom cabinetry with a combination of pebble glass, woven grass wallpaper and custom paint to incorporate land and sea elements throughout the home.
Denise Wright 417-350-4520 | email@example.com
rica Lea Design Studios joined Built by Brett to design Ozark Modern at Hidden Tree. They gave it the title “Ozark Modern” for the style of rustic elements done in a modern way. They enjoyed a collaborative relationship, where Erica was encouraged to develop truly unique ideas, like floating master bathroom vanities, and Brett engineered those ideas to become a reality. Erica Lea Design Studios works to help everyone involved in a project succeed. She doesn’t just make homes beautiful—she paints the story of a family’s lives on the wall, curating the space with elements and treasures that are unique to each family she works with. Erica Lea Hendrix 417-633-3188 ericaleadesignstudios.com Nixa, MO
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ary and Terri Herman of Herman Custom Critical Homes were the custom home builders of the Morningway House, Home of the Year in the $750,000-$1million category. The home is traditional craftsman style with the added convenience of a second living space for the family. The subdivision this home is built in has gorgeous treed lots, so Gary, Terri and the homeowners worked to protect as many beautiful trees as possible. They also used the natural slope of the lot to their advantage by tucking the lower level of the home into the hillside. What set this project apart was the homeownersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; consistency in their vision that they portrayed so well to their architect, Joan Hand, and to their builder that allowed them to bring that vision to life.
Terri and Gary Herman 417-889-0999 | hermancustomhomes.com
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84 SCRUB A DUB Jeremy and Lydia Eck integrated traditional details, like this freestanding tub, into their master bath to create a unique spin on the Modern Farmhouse look.
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atthew Hufft, co-founder of Hufft (3612 Karnes Blvd., Kansas City; 816-531-0200; hufft. com), a design and fabrication studio based out of Kansas City, built a rapport with a local family before building them a modern, 6,500-square-foot house within the city limits of Springfield. Four years earlier, he had created them a lakeside retreat, so when the family of five wanted an upgrade in their full-time home to fit their active lifestyle, they gave Hufft a large margin of creative license to invent something special just for them. When Hufft began designing the house, he wanted to call out the grassy knoll and sloping hill leading to a beautiful stream.
He started with the kitchen and knew it needed to have an open floor plan. In fact, it’s so open that it’s difficult to tell where the kitchen stops and where the dining room, breakfast nook and living room start. Hufft says this was intentional: During the casual hours of the day, like when the family is getting ready for work or school, the five naturally congregate in these areas. Because of the open floor plan, there are no physical barriers to separate the spaces as the family moves about. With a few finishing touches, like the built-in cabinetry and a custom metal ceiling piece in the shape of the stream located on the property, the space still feels intimate and custom—like it was made for them and only them.
EE LO I G uring the design of this modern kitchen, Matthew ufft,cofounder of ufft, wanted to create a clean and open concept that would be functional for the family to utili e in everyday life, which included lots of counter space for effortless prep.
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Mathew ufft used the property as inspiration for the house. or the kitchen, he decided to include a laser-cut piece of steel to hang from the ceiling. The decoration is the same shape as the watershed of the creek near the house.
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T C E A A The kitchen has a modern feel to it, which was intentionally executed the cabinets conceal appliances and cookware, which was a specific wish of the active family during the building process.
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TRADITION Jeremy and Lydia Eck put their own spin on the modern farmhouse design to create a home all their own. WRITTEN BY HALEY PHILLIPS
balance of old and new in their master bath. Functionality was also an important factor behind the design, leading the couple to invest in features that would lend to easy upkeep, such as the glass shower with a special coating called Shower Guard to keep it clean and white quartz countertops that require lower maintenance than marble. Custom cabinetry was specifically crafted to house everything you need access to in a bathroom, from necessities like towels and washcloths to makeup and hair styling tools, to make the most use of the space. ď ś
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ith a bold pattern on the floor, Eck decided to make the remaining details in the bathroom more neutral to create a cohesive look. hite subway tile and muted fixtures were used to bring the look together, while the wooden light fixture brings a touch of warmth to the space.
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hen homeowners Jeremy and Lydia Eck of Eck Group Building & Development, LLC set out to build their modern farmhouse, they knew they wanted to keep the design current. But knowing trends come and go, the couple was hesitant to include too modern of details for fear of creating a dated design. By incorporating more traditional aspects, like a freestanding bathtub and matte faucets, the Ecks were able to bring in bold flooring and gold accents to achieve the perfect
The tile, the focal point of the room, was destined for this bathroom long before the Ecks even broke ground on the house. Its unique pattern and monochromatic color were the starting point of the project and drove the decisions behind the rest of the roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s features.
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Organi ation was crucial for the Eck family, and Lydia went to great lengths to ensure the home would be functional. Custom cabinetry was created for the entire house, including in the master bath where drawers and cabinets were customi ed for storage of hair dryers, flat irons and even makeup.
PRO TIPS MI IT P A itchenAid stand mixer is one of the most versatile tools in the kitchen, namely because of its numerous multipurpose attachments.
Whether you’re a whiz in the kitchen or somehow manage to mess up making toast, there are certain tools every athome cook needs. We turned to Daniel Ernce, chef and co-owner at Progress, for his must-have kitchen tools that will elevate your game and make cooking a breeze, no matter your skill level. WRITTEN BY CLAIRE PORTER
1. Le Creuset Dutch Oven
An enameled cast iron Dutch oven is a versatile kitchen tool for stews, sauces, proteins and pastas. “These things are true workhorses in the kitchen,” says Daniel Ernce, chef and co-owner of Progress. “[They are] not only aesthetically pleasing but also indestructible.” Although any Dutch oven will do the trick, “Le Creusets are the Rolls Royce of them all and are a bit of a statement piece.” 2. Cocktail Set
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If your idea of a great meal is a sippable one, you need proper cocktail tools—and don’t worry about buying a matching set. “All you need, really, is a cocktail stirring glass, a bar spoon, a jigger and a Japanese cocktail strainer,” Ernce says. “Why? Because you’re an adult, and you deserve a proper cocktail at the end of the day—not just a La Croix and Titos.” 3. Pinch Bowl of Salt
You’ve heard it before, but we really mean it this time. Please throw out your metallic-tasting iodized salt and convert to kosher. “The coarse grind of kosher salt allows you to easily pinch it in your fingers and have control, both physically
and visually, over what you’re seasoning,” Ernce says. Keep it on hand in a pinch bowl by the range.
rant-quality plating, grind spices or make salad dressings, soups and sauces, all with one tool. “The thing is built to last and is the hands-down 4. KitchenAid Stand Mixer You don’t have to be a part of the Great British Bake- best blender on the market,” Ernce says. Off to make use of a KitchenAid stand mixer. “A 7. Digital Thermometer KitchenAid is a thing of beauty for a host of rea- “There’s nothing worse than cutting into a chicken sons, namely for all the attachments that you can breast you were sure was done only to find out buy,” Ernce says. Name a task, and KitchenAid has dinner is going to take another 15 minutes,” Ernce an attachment made just for it, including grinding says. A digital thermometer takes out all the guessmeat, rolling out pasta, spiralizing vegetables or work for a perfectly prepared meal every time. making ice cream. 5. Large Cutting Board
Save time and hassle when prepping your dinner by getting a sizable cutting board. “I am truly astonished when I go to people’s homes (including my mother’s) and find that the largest cutting board they own is hardly larger than a piece of printer paper,” Ernce says. A spacious board gives you room to chop, slice and dice freely without things rolling off the edge. 6. Vitamix Blender
If can you think beyond the typical breakfast smoothie, a Vitamix is worth the investment. Turn boiled vegetables into silky purees for restau-
Where to Buy Are you ready to restock your cabinets with must-have tools aniel Ernce recommends heading to Everything itchens (2750 S. lenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-719-4 43, everythingkitchens.com) for these items and so much more. If you’re looking for industrial versions of any of these items, he recommends paying a visit to ellers ood Service Equipment esign 140 . rand St., Springfield, 417-8 -081 , ellers oodservice.com).
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BUBBLY The Traveling Tin Co.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Amanda Stowell spills two champagne cocktail recipes, just in time to ring in the holidays. WRITTEN BY JENNA DEJONG STYLED BY DYLAN LYLE & HUNTER KEYS
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CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL Recipe inspired by Pinterest Serves one 10-ounce glass Ingredients 1.5 ounces pink grapefruit juice 1.5 ounces sage simple syrup 2–3 dashes Angostura Bitters Ice ½ cup champagne Fresh sage leaves To Prepare Vigorously shake the grapefruit juice, sage simple syrup and Bitters in a shaker with ice. Strain into a glass with fresh ice and top with champagne. Garnish with fresh sage.
To top off these drinks, The Traveling Tin Co.’s Amanda Stowell recommends a few champagnes to hit just the right note: Vueve Clicquot Price: Around $72 Where to buy: Lucky’s Market (3333 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield; 417-889-0779; luckysmarket.com) This high-end champagne has a lightly toasty taste, with a medium acidity. Stowell says this is the best bottle for special occasions. For a little holiday flair, slowly pour a little grenadine down the side for a pretty ombre look. Top it off with some rosemary.
The Diver Brut Price: $17 Where to buy: Vino Cellars (multiple locations; vcellars.com) If you’re looking for a more economical choice, look no further. Although this wine is technically considered a sparkling wine, Stowell says the light texture pairs well with salty or spicy flavors.
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Canard-Duchene Brut Price: $39.98 Where to buy: Macadoodles (1455 E. Independence St., Springfield; 417-883-9000; macadoodles.com)
According to Macadoodles, this champagne boasts delicate bubbles and has intense aromas of fresh fruit. Stowell suggests pairing this champagne with a crab Maison salad or hors d’oeuvres.
SPRITZ PUNCH Recipe inspired by Pinterest Serves six To Prepare In a large pitcher or festive holiday punch bowl, combine vodka, cranberry juice, St. Germain Elderflower liquor. Chill until ready to serve. When ready to serve, add the champagne and cranberries. Pour among glasses and garnish with fresh rosemary and orange slices.
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Ingredients ¾ cup vodka 1½ cups cranberry juice 2 ounces St. Germain Elderflower liqueur ¾ cup champagne 1 cup fresh cranberries Fresh rosemary and orange slices for garnish
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From bakers to brewers and even beauticians, fans agree that Askinosie Cocoa Powder is versatile and in high demand. WRITTEN BY RAE SWAN SNOBL | STYLED BY DYLAN LYLE PHOTOGRAPHED BY BRANDON ALMS
ating an Askinosie chocolate bar is an otherworldly experience, but did you know the company also sells cocoa powder? The unsweetened, all natural, rich, dark powder is a byproduct of the cocoa butter–making process. “We don’t chemically treat it, so, it’s not the Dutch-processed, less flavorful cocoa powders most of us are familiar with,” says Chief Marketing Officer, Lawren Askinosie. “Ours is non-alkalized, authentic single origin—perfect for baking, dusting and drink-making. The possibilities are endless.” Of course, the powder’s decadent flavor makes a tasty cup of hot cocoa, but it’s also packed with antioxidants, making it a popular choice for health and beauty regimes. Askinosie
customers use it to make anything from lip balm to beer, in addition to its classic baking and cooking applications. (Askinosie chocolate cake? Yes, please!) Here are five other ways to use Askinosie Cocoa Powder that don’t involve an oven: 1. Make a face mask or scrub to tighten skin. Recipes abound on Pinterest for whipping up this quick and chocolatey beauty treatment. 2. Sprinkle over your hair’s roots as a dry shampoo to cover gray hairs. 3. Add to grains when brewing beer for a rich dark beer. 4. Sprinkle over fruit for some bittersweet flavor. 5. Make a rich chocolate syrup for coffee or ice cream.
Buy It Askinosie Cocoa Powder comes in a small (130-gram) tin for $10.50 and a large (1-kilogram) tub for $56. Purchase yours on askinosie.com or at the Askinosie Chocolate factory storefront at 514 E. Commercial St., Springfield.
DRAWING IT OUT Artist and photographer Larissa Compton sees beauty and artistic inspiration in all of 417-land, including C-Street’s Jefferson Avenue Footbridge.
For this 417-land photographer, artist and mom, there’s no place like Missouri. WRITTEN BY LARISSA COMPTON
issouri, Miss-or-ah, no matter how you say it, this is my state. Native to the land circa 1992. Born, raised and currently raising my babies here with my husband, who is also from this area. Smack dab in the middle of Springfield, we are living in the house I grew up in. My grandma owned the stone house across the street, which is where my mom spent the majority of her childhood. She watched them raise the walls to this house. Living in this home, in this neighborhood, is pretty nostalgic, and my mind is flooded with memories of my childhood. Most of my immediate family lives abroad but there is still a large portion of my mother’s side still living in this area. To be honest, I always thought I would move away when I grew
up—I think most Midwestern kids feel that way— but the more I watch as my city cultivates an artistic and open-minded community, the more I fall in love with it here. There’s something homey about our city, something that keeps people here and draws people back. I never have a problem finding exciting things to do with my family. Whether it’s a Saturday morning at the farmers market or walking through downtown for First Friday Art Walk, I love seeing our thriving creative community. With the beautiful Ozark mountains, farmlands, rolling rivers and breathtaking lakes only minutes away, there are endless outlets for inspiration and expression. I love that my children get to grow up hiking, floating and exploring all that Missouri has to offer. Of course, I still desire to travel but for now, we are here, and I’m okay with that. Maybe someday we’ll buy a piece of land and build our own cozy little home right here in 417-land; who knows? Thank you, Missouri, for being beautiful, ever-growing and learning, and thank you for being home.
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STATE OF MIND
Fun Facts About Missouri Ever wonder what makes Missouri, Missouri? Check out a few of the unique symbols that represent our great state. Our state animal is a Missouri mule. Our state instrument is the fiddle. Our state amphibian is a bullfrog. Our state dessert is an ice cream cone.
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Our state bird is an Eastern bluebird. Our state insect is a honeybee. Our state flower is a White Hawthorn Blossom. Our state tree is the beautiful flowering dogwood tree.
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A family of foodies holds a grilled cheese cook-off every Christmas Eve.
y family loves to cook, but we also love friendly competition. In 2011, we started an annual Christmas Eve tradition—a showdown for the best grilled cheese. It’s a fun challenge to innovate a basic recipe. Our favorite part is coming together and making great family memories. We have gotten pretty serious about this cheese-filled contest over the years. We spend the better part of the year brainstorming and coming up with ideas for our entries. Then, the week before, we gather ingredients from places like Neighbor’s Mill, the International Wine Center, Heather Hill Farms, MaMa Jean’s Natural Market and Osceola Cheese. On competition day, everyone dons their stretchy pants and picks a spot in the kitchen to prep their entries. 96
Figuring out the judge’s likes and dislikes is a big part of our strategy. We all try to incorporate his or her favorite foods into a yummy grilled cheese sandwich recipe to guarantee a high score. Some of our past entries include caprese, banana Nutella, cheddar bacon mushroom, French toast, pepper on a pretzel and Hawaiian. A scorecard is used to rank the entries and the judge tries to guess who made each sandwich before announcing second and first place. Afterward, everyone goes home and slips into a carb coma until Christmas morning. Want to try some of the past culinary contenders for yourself? Go to 417homemag.com to check out a few recipes of Christmas cook-offs past.
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