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New Craftsman-Inspired Ranch Breathes Life Into Reclaimed/Repurposed Materials

January 11, 2018
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At Cypress Homes, not only do we build homes, but we help our clients build the home of their dreams. That’s exactly what we did with this featured home! After purchasing the perfect lot of East/West facing land complete with a great big oak tree, Melissa decided it was time to build her dream home. Her father, a former engineer, designed several homes and it has always been a dream of Melissa’s to design her own Craftsman-style home.

Melissa LOVED The Karalyn plan, but wanted to switch it up a bit. Since Cypress Homes is a custom home builder, all of the plans are completely customizable. Melissa wished for her home to follow feng shui principles. In order to do this, she flipped the plan so the master bedroom was located in the back right corner of the home and the office was in the front. Melissa used Microsoft Paint to test out and show changes she wanted to me. From those illustrations Cypress was able to modify her plan to fit her idea of the perfect home.

The home features many reclaimed and recycled objects that are fun, classic, quirky and fit this style of home perfectly!

Custom Home

Starting with the exterior of the home, the siding color used is “Scottish Thistle” from Mastic Ovation. It’s a nice, welcoming green that compliments the stained features which include the garage doors, front entry door and cedar columns. The columns were replicated right from Melissa’s “inspiration book” and she was ecstatic with how they turned out.

Now, shall we take a look inside?


Let’s start in the heart of the home, the kitchen. This beautiful kitchen features a stunning brick accent wall by the kitchen sink. The bricks match the fireplace in the great room. This is just one of the many features that make this home feel less like your typical new construction and more like an old character home.

Dark-stained custom shaker-style cabinets complete the craftsman look. The homeowners opted for all drawers in the lower cabinets instead of traditional cabinets, giving them more organization. The drawer handles are vintage bin pulls that were sourced through Crescent Moon Antiques & Salvage in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The pulls on the island were taken from Melissa’s parents original Craftsman-style kitchen.  The light fixtures above the island are made from vintage mason jars.

bar stools

To go along with the brick accent, you can see the island features a reclaimed wood backing and the bar stools are handmade from restored wood and iron.

wine cabinet

After moving in, the homeowners installed this really cool wine cabinet, designed by Melissa and built by her dad out of 100 year old barn wood.

pantry door

Here’s a closer look at the pantry door, a classic/vintage look with frosted glass and the crystal door knob – also sourced from Crescent Moon Antiques & Salvage!

pantry door

A closer look at the detail on the crystal knob.

Inside the pantry you’ll see wall mounted spice holders that were made out of vintage soda crates.

Now let’s move on to the great room!

great room

This home has a wonderful open-concept floor plan. In this great room, you can see that the fireplace stone is the same brick that was used on the kitchen wall. The mantle is made from a beautiful hand-hewn ridge beam that Melissa’s husband cut down to fit perfectly above the corner fireplace. It was installed using two pins that were custom-designed and fabricated by the owners of Crescent Moon. They also added in a large bay window for optimal view of the beautiful oak tree. Flooring used in this area, and mostly throughout the home, is antiqued bamboo (bamboo is notoriously fast growing and known as a “green” or renewable resource) and looks fantastic!

dining room

Moving into the dining room you are welcomed by a contrast of warm colored walls and dark wood trim. Beyond the dining area is the sunroom which has sliding doors and large windows that allows natural light fill the space. The tray ceiling in the dining room is accented with factory floor planks that Melissa and her dad installed themselves. A one-of-a-kind chandelier finishes off the space. Melissa’s husband built the chandelier using wine barrel staves.


Here’s a closer look.


Melissa and her dad installing the factory flooring planks onto the ceiling of the dining room.


The dining area was designed with a nook specifically for a hutch inherited from Melissa’s grandmother. The hutch slipped in with ease.



Dividing the dining room and sunroom are custom columns and cabinets created by Melissa’s dad using two vintage windows and latches (one on each side of the room). This feature is very Craftsman in style and definitely adds to the character of the room.

Melissa converted the back bedroom of The Karalyn to be her yoga room. It has a special cork flooring and soft blue walls that create a nice, calming effect. A door to the backyard was also added to the space.

yoga studio

Melissa didn’t wait for the home to be done to start practicing yoga! Here she is while the home was being framed.

Let’s move on to the guest bath.

guest bathroom

Check out this repurposed dresser they used as their vanity.  The medicine cabinet above the vanity was also recycled once used in Melissa’s parents Craftsman home and is now used here. The walls are painted blue which gives this room a cool, calming effect.

bathroom vanityguest bathroom

The dresser was refinished and the top drawer was modified to order to allow for the plumbing.  Rather than simply removing the drawer altogether, it was just made shallower and can now store extra supplies.

Next up, the master bedroom.

master bedroom

From the contrasting white walls and dark trim to the antique features and wooden barn door, this master bedroom has a lot of character and charm.

barn door

This closet door was purchased from Originals Antique Mall in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The door was refinished, but still allowed the original character to shine through. It’s now a sliding barn door used for the master closet.

master bathroom

Off to the master bedroom is the master bath. It has a beautiful glass enclosed shower with stone pebble features and woodgrained tile.

master bathroom

 The clawfoot bathtub was sourced from Crescent Moon Antiques & Salvage and really brings the entire bathroom together.

Master bathroom vanity

This master bathroom also features a dual vanity, which makes it easy for more than one person to utilize the space at once.

Melissa enjoying her antique clawfoot bathtub before installation.

Last, but not least, the laundry room.

laundry room

 There was also a space created below the counter for kitty litter, this is nice because it keeps it away from the rest of the home and has a designated area.Featured on the first floor, this laundry room is super convenient and totally functional. It has a counter top above the washer and drier that creates a space for folding clothes and/or storing laundry necessities.

Now that you’ve seen the entire home, what did you think? Is this custom home a place that you would like to call home? What are some of your favorite features?

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This post was written by Nicole Banta

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