June 2020—The homeowners of this Afton beauty approached Hartman Homes with a new opportunity to build their family’s dream home, designed with entertaining in mind. The homeowners worked with Hartman Homes in 2012 on their first home and were elated to continue the collaboration on a new project.
Inspired by a “modern luxe” design theme, the homeowners sought a home with an open main level and large kitchen with a separate prep area and butler’s pantry—a design ideal for hosting a crowd. The plan featured a great room, covered porch, and primary suite that all open to the large pool area at the back of the home. Upstairs was specifically designed just for the kids, complete with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a large bonus room.
“When navigating the long list of decisions that come with building a custom home,” says in-house designer, Julie Speer, “the key is to start with the exterior and then move inside to lighting.” As the team member who shepherds the homeowners through the arduous decision-making process, she recommends this because “lighting really drives the direction of everything else.”
Following suit, a gated entry and circular concrete driveway lead up to the “modern luxe” two-story home. The artfully crafted home boasts an exterior with copper gutters, roof edging, snow guards, and a decorative metal shroud on the chimney. Inside, an oversized cast stone fireplace and crystal ring chandelier sit center stage in the great room, and the floating stairway is thoughtfully showcased in the front picture window. The cathedral-vaulted covered porch is the family’s favorite getaway. The space opens up to the unforgettable backyard, equipped with an in-ground pool, grill station, and mini golf course.
Working with the homeowners on yet another custom dream home was truly an honor for Hartman Homes. The 3,853-square-foot masterpiece was completed in June 2021, and it recieved an accolade in the “Stair & Railing” category at the 2022 Midwest Home Design Awards.
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- 2022 MIDWEST HOME DESIGN AWARDS: THIRD PLACE STAIR & RAILING