Featured Builder | Blair Masonry Homes
Home Ideas Magazine - February 2018
By Stacey Kracht
Photography by Michels Digital Solutions
The beauty and functionality of this 2,050-square-foot townhome built by Darren and Lisa Blair of Blair Masonry Homes is proven by its 2017 Fall Parade of Homes™ Award of Excellence. Tan siding and garage doors highlighted by light trim and mixed stone slabs give the home as much outside appeal as it has on the inside. Even the garage blends in with the practical, yet striking, format of the entire home. In-floor heating, epoxy flooring and a separate storage room off the garage make this triple-stall space perfect for working on projects while providing abundant storage.
Enter the home through the garage and you’ll be greeted with a wide open, naturally-lit space. A tall vaulted ceiling, a sun room off the opposite side of the home and large patio windows allow natural light to flood the main living areas. Dark wooden built-in shelving in the mudroom keeps coats and shoes from being tracked into the rest of the home, while a sliding door on the opposite wall stylishly hides a utility room.
A gourmet kitchen welcomes you as you make your way past the garage entry. White kitchen cabinets offer an exquisite contrast to dark granite countertops. A hooded range above the stove and a dark backsplash intermingle with matching dark appliances. A large kitchen island offers additional space; it seats four comfortably and contains sufficient drawer space for all the extras. A farmhouse sink rests below a window – an ideal place for soaking up the sunshine during kitchen prep work or cleanup. A lit glass-front cabinet sits to the left of the sink, attractively displaying fine China and treasures. A deep corner pantry – cleverly concealed behind cabinets with double doors – offers motion-censored lighting, making working in the kitchen a breeze.
Just off the kitchen, an intricately detailed light with hints of vintage inspiration hangs above the table. Light drifts in through a large bay window, allowing homeowners to relax and bask in the warm sunshine. Head through the stunning glass French doors into a sunroom, and you’ll be met with even more natural light from windows on all three exterior walls. Double corner windows with roller shades and a large-blade bamboo ceiling fan make this a perfect office or den area.
In the main living area, a 12-foot tall gas fireplace proudly serves as the focal point. Natural stone surrounds the fireplace, while hydronic heated ceramic tile floors add texture and rustic charm. Roller-shade doors off the living room open out onto a stone flooring back patio, allowing the interior design of the home to flow seamlessly to the outdoor living space.
The master bedroom is settled next to the patio doors off the living room, complete with a wrap-around patio and beautiful views. The suite greets you with similar traits as the rest of the home – a heightened tray ceiling, a large-blade ceiling fan and designer details. Sliding pocket doors lead to a spacious walk-in closet to be enjoyed as a haven with a full-length mirror, plenty of built-in shelving and natural lighting that shines in through a transom window. The sophisticated master bath is finished with tile flooring, a double sink with a storage divider, a walk-in shower and a conjoined laundry room. This private space is efficiently livable but no less indulgent in keeping the tone of the rest of the home; every detail down to elegant lighting fixtures prove that functionality doesn’t have to take away from eye appeal.
A modern barn-style hanging roller door allows residents to close off an extra living suite – including a second bedroom, bathroom, and hallway closet – for kids or guests. The privacy of the additional space will be appreciated by both homeowners and guests.
The appeal continues: an HOA provides lawn care, snow removal and garbage service, creating convenient maintenance-free living. Homeowners also have access to the community clubhouse with indoor and outdoor pools, hot tub and exercise room – luxuries that can be enjoyed without dealing with upkeep! From the open concept layout to the deluxe conveniences, excellent craftmanship shines throughout this custom townhome – all without sacrificing an ounce of style.