This project might be my favorite of all my projects. I was approached by the Client to build a dream home for his parents. They have been living in the same small house for over 30 years in the city and they wanted to retire to the country side. They owned a large parcel of land in Bentonville and wanted to build their home on it. After discussing the project with the Client and his parents, I started to do some drawings based on their needs and desires. After several renditions of drawings, we hit on a design that had everything they wanted. As part of the discussion, I suggested that we make this home as energy efficient as possible and the owner agreed. Some of the many energy savings features incorporated into this home include: Geo Thermal heating and air conditioning, Tankless hot water heater, Spray Foam insulation, Energy Star windows and doors, ICF foundation, a complete air sealing package, energy recovery ventilator, a complete LED lighting package, Energy efficient bathroom fans and more. The house is a certified Energy Star Home as well as National Green Building Standards Certified.
The owners desire to use only the best materials allowed us to design and build a spectacular home. On the exterior of the home we used Hardi lap siding, as well as Hardi board and batt siding. All exterior trim was done with Boral brand trim. This product is totally inert to insects, expansion and contractions. Some wonderful Craftsman style details were added to the exterior, such as brackets, and cedar columns. A water table of real stone veneer was installed around the house. All the roof overhangs were at least two feet out, in the classic Craftsman style. One of the more spectacular features of the house is the roof. The multiple roof lines really give this house character. The shingles are like nothing you have ever seen before. They are a triple layer design that creates the look of cedar shakes. Everybody that visits the site comments about the roof. To top all this off some of the roofs use standing seam in a complementary color. At the rear of the house we built a second story deck with a screened in porch. The deck joist are made from aluminum and the decking surface is a composite product that is blind screwed so no fasteners are exposed. To add to this we fabricated a cedar handrail with decorative metal pickets. The screened in porch was finished off with cedar T&G ceiling with recessed lighting and a beautiful fan. Under the deck we poured a large patio of colored and stamped concrete to mimic the look of stone. All the windows and doors were Anderson aluminum clad, with an anodized finish. This is the best exterior finish available on a window or door. We used a casement window for its superior air sealing ability. The mullion pattern is in the Prairie style, this adds a lot of character to the house.
The Client gave me free rein to design and finish out the interior of the house as I saw fit. The one thing the Client wanted was no carpet anywhere in the house. We installed reclaimed random width pine flooring throughout the 1st and 2nd floors except in the bathrooms. In the finished basement we installed Travertine and had it polished to a high sheen with diamond pads. The bathrooms and kitchen were done in custom ceramic patterns. In the great room we built a vaulted ceiling that was finished in cherry T&G and cherry beams with recessed LED lighting and a 7' fan from Big Ass Fans. This is the largest residential fan made. A large stone fireplace rises up the wall then tapers at the top for a very dramatic effect. To complete the great room, custom moldings were installed around the room with dental molding that was custom made on site. Since the great room ceilings reach as high as 28' at the peak we had to add some detail to the walls to give the room more character. We fabricated large picture frames and installed them around the room to follow the roof pitch. We built tapered archways between the great room and the kitchen. In the dining room we built a coffered ceiling as well as a high wainscoting around the room. Some of the other features of the house include sliding barn doors in the pantry, a custom kitchen with granite tops, Craftsman style doors and oil rubbed bronze door hardware. Even the switch plates and heat registers received custom touches. I had oil rubbed bronze plates and matching vents installed in the Craftsman Style.
I could go on forever about the one of a kind touches this house has. Please check out the accompanying photos, I am sure you will be amazed, I know the owner was.