Episode 04 - The Big Country House January 3, 2017 This home was on a beautiful piece of land and was previously a farmhouse style home, so when the Eberle family described their style as farmhouse, I knew it was a perfect fit. Stephanie wanted a really comfortable and beautiful space for her whole family to be able to gather for holidays. With this goal in mind, we designed this space completely around the comfort of their visitors. Our biggest challenge by far was reworking the entire footprint of the house. Every original space in the home had to be altered to make the new layout flow and make sense for this family. KITCHEN + BUTLER’S PANTRY Objective: Make sure these spaces are big enough for the whole family to enjoy when they come to visit. The kitchen was dark and the footprint was way too small for their needs as a family. We opened it up and did this wooden cased opening that matched the stain of the main living space’s beams. We also tied in a shiplap wall and a wooden vent hood to warm up all of the white. It’s probably every entertaining lover’s dream to have the convenience of a Butler’s Pantry, and the Eberle family was no exception. We used the matching stacked stone backsplash, marble countertops and white cabinetry from the kitchen to create this space. LIVING + DINING Objective: These spaces needed to be large enough for family to spread out, but also open so that everyone could gather in these separate areas and still be together. The pitch of the roof was already high, so it made adding beams to this space simple, while adding a grander feel to this main living and dining room area. MASTER SUITE Objective: Stephanie wanted a bedroom and bathroom that felt luxurious and large. The master bedroom was a complete overhaul. It was originally the front living room, but when we reworked the floor plan, it made the most sense to add the master here. The master bedroom also received new paint, flooring, trim and doors to complete the transformation. The master bathroom is one of my favorite spaces in this home. Stephanie really wanted a bathroom that was spacious and comfortable, with both a tub and a stand-up shower. I decided to go with this carrara marble tile throughout to room mixed with chrome hardware and soft gray cabinetry to keep this palette neutral. BUNK ROOM Objective: The Eberles wanted a bunk room that sleeps 8, so their kids would have a comfortable space to stay when they come to visit for holidays. This bunk room is unlike any we’ve ever done before, because this one was built for adults rather than kids. The beds are queen-size and we built a full staircase to get to the top bunk, rather than a ladder. The bunkroom is the space that the Eberles’ holiday guests will stay when they come visit. It sleeps 8 comfortably and has a pretty view out its window of the family’s land. BACK PATIO Objective: Build a comfortable outdoor space for the Eberle family to gather together. Building a pergola made for a fun space for the Eberle family to gather together outside for morning coffee or even family meals. Simple planters, like these, are an easy way to add life to an outdoor space that requires little upkeep. interview with HOMEOWNER Q. How have you enjoyed your outdoor space? A. We spend so much time out there. We love to look out and see the horses and cows. Whether we are out there at night under the stars or just drinking our coffee in the morning, we can’t get enough of it. Q. What’s your favorite part of the house? A. My wife would say it’s the kitchen. It has all the amenities. Mine would have to be the back patio. Q. Have you had any guests stay in the bunk room yet? A. At Thanksgiving we had about 18 people stay at the house. Everyone loved the great use of space, and the kids were all fighting to stay in the bunk room. Q. What advice would you give to fans watching your episode? A. If you want to build the house of your dreams, then you should go all the way. Do everything, and don’t cut corners. Go for the look that you really want because it will be worth it in the end. Chip and I enjoyed designing this house with the Eberles and their extended family in mind. We loved dreaming up spaces where they would host and entertain. Picturing where their Christmas tree would go and how easy Thanksgiving would be with their new Butler’s pantry really did make this project fun. Thank you, Eberles, for letting us renovate your beautiful new farmhouse!