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Recent Publicity:
Waterloo Courier, Cedar Valley Homes, November 2008

Granite counter tops, ceramic tile backsplash and floor, cherry cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and a warm ambiance make the kitchen a central gathering place.

Floor-to-ceiling cherry paneling is cozy in the home office.
"Perfect Fit: Laid-back style amidst Old World ambiance"
By Melody Parker, CVH&G Editor

There is no visible means of support in the wrought iron and cherry wood staircase.
It curves from the first floor to the second in this new home, and down to the lower level, creating a dramatic focal point in the foyer.

But it is the expansive view through 16-feet-tall windows in the great room that arrests one’s attention. From this vantage point, comfortably seated in soft, pillow-strewn sofas — or face pressed up against the divided-pane windows — one can appreciate the trees as they change from season to season, and notice the shifting light as day becomes evening.

The ceiling tops out at 20 feet, enhancing the larger-than-life feeling the great room evokes.

“We wanted to capture that feeling of being out in the woods. We wanted the home to look settled in, as if it’s always been here, with a mature landscape,” said the homeowners. “The biggest compliment was when a neighbor said the house looked as if it has been here 10 years.”

The kitchen’s walk-in pantry.
Craig Larsen spent 1 1/2 years building the 7,000-square-feet-home in Cedar Falls on the 2 1/2-acre, pie-shaped wooded lot. The homeowners and their children have lived in the home for just over one year.

Larsen describes the project as “challenging. There’s a lot of wood, a lot of detail in this house. The homeowners wanted casual elegance.”

The builder points out curved crown and base moldings and curved recessed panels under the suspended staircase, as examples.

The homeowners describe the style as “French-European style with Tuscan influences,” but ultimately they have created a “home we look forward to coming home to every day. It’s very cozy. There’s nothing stuffy, every room is livable and we live in every room of the house.”

The great room is grand in scale, but the space is not formal or overly fussy. The wood-burning fireplace, flanked in granite with a decorative mantel, is a romantic touch surrounded by floor-to-ceiling cabinetry. The homeowners choose to “beef-up” crown molding and painted woodwork in antique white for ambiance.

“Decorating was so much fun. Our style is laid-back, not formal and that was important for us,” she said. “We use all the space. Some houses are so big that family members never see each other, but our kids don’t stay in their bedrooms. The kids hang with us, so the house is furnished to fit all of us.”

Kennon Springer of Interior Perfection Design Group in Cedar Rapids worked with homeowners to create room designs “that reflect timeless elegance in a warm, inviting palette. Close attention was paid to the scale of furnishings so the right balance was struck with the spacious rooms,” Springer said.

Velvet and tapestry print fabrics were layered in the great room and lavish window treatments frame the view.

The homeowners opted for a dining space between the great room and kitchen rather than a formal dining room. It is divided from the great room by arches and columns, and the octagonal tray ceiling is faux-painted in a rich, deep metallic finish.

The home’s welcoming brick facade.
Cherry is used extensively throughout the house. The home office, just steps off the foyer, is paneled in solid cherry. Across the foyer, the music room features an upright piano.

Cherry kitchen cabinetry sounds a warm note in the ceramic-tiled kitchen. There’s a broad, granite-topped island used for impromptu meals and a prep sink for meal preparation. Double ovens, gas stove, corner windows above the sink, and a hidden pantry make the kitchen both practical and efficient.

The homeowners spend a great deal in the four-seasons porch, easily accessed off the main living space. In these surroundings, walnut replaces cherry as the wood of choice.

A main-floor master bedroom furnished in delectable shades of chocolate and a small balcony offer privacy and a sense of retreat. The luxurious master bathroom features a large walk-in shower with multiple shower heads and sprays. Perhaps surprisingly in such a large home, the master bath is sensibly sized.

Upstairs, a catwalk overlooks both great room and connects to three children’s bedrooms and for convenience’s sake, another laundry facility.

Following the curving staircase as it flows downstairs, there is a family room with a gas fireplace and elegant cherry bar. Steps away is one of the family’s favorite hang-outs, the home theater.

There is also a wine cellar, guest bedroom and bath and a cork-floored exercise room.

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