A beautiful white farmhouse, situated back off the road with a driveway winding back through the trees. It may sound like the setting of a movie or a famous painting, but it’s what our build clients come home to everyday in Oconto Falls, WI. We recently had the pleasure of working with this young family to create their “forever home.”
Nestled in over 20 acres of pristine landscape, this new home by Cypress Homes is the epitome of the modern farmhouse. White siding, contrasting black windows and cedar accents give this home a stunning look as you drive up. The large front porch has plenty of space for some rocking chairs to sit and enjoy the scenic views, while the kids run around in the yard.
It Starts with a Floor Plan and a Vision
Our homeowners initially came through our Cottonwood home at the BCHBA Showcase of Homes. They fell in love with the layout and finishes. Right then, they knew this as the home plan they wanted. The two-story great room with lots of windows, farmhouse-style finishes and an open-concept layout were just what they had envisioned for their new home. Obviously, they wanted to put their own personal touches on the plan, but the Cottonwood was their new home. At first they were concerned if Cypress Homes would build a home in Oconto Falls, but it was quickly determined that it was within the building radius. Things were set in motion to start modifying the plan to meet their wants and needs.
MOVE FAST, BUT PLAN FOR MORE IN THE FUTURE
When creating a forever home, the future needs of the owners need to be taken into account. In this case, our clients wanted to secure the land and start living on it as soon as possible. In order to make that work, Cypress worked to develop a home plan that allowed portions of the home to be added later. The home was designed for the attached garage and first floor master suite to be done at a future date. This helped reduce the initial cost of the home, allowing the homeowners to move ahead with building sooner.
A Farmhouse Kitchen
When meeting with Cypress to design a home, several features of this kitchen were “must have” items for the family. A large walk-in pantry, a kitchen sink overlooking the backyard, and white cabinets with a contrasting island were just a few of the requests these homeowners looked for in their farmhouse-style kitchen. A separate coffee bar area off the dining space was another welcomed feature.
Bright & Stunning 2-Story Great Room
One request the homeowners consistently made was for LOTS of natural light. This great room delivered. The 18’ tall room boasts 12 large windows, all with beautiful views of the wooded landscape surrounding the home. A floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace with rustic wood mantel adds to the room’s already impressive look.
Other First Floor Spaces
Like the original Cottonwood plan, the first floor includes an office off the foyer, with a barn door to close off the space. Farmhouse details continue throughout the other spaces, including a patterned tile in the laundry room and a rustic wood accent on the mudroom lockers. The powder room features a black hexagon tile that contrasts nicely with the white vanity.
Second Floor Features
At the top of the stairs, the homeowners designed a loft area that overlooks the 2-story great room. This area is a great space for the kids’ toys and eventually for a separate hangout space. A built-in window seat and book shelves made from reclaimed wood add to the farmhouse character of this new home. Two bedrooms and a full bath round out the second floor space.
Sweat Equity to Save on Costs
These homeowners were quite handy, so they decided to take advantage of the Cypress Homes Sweat Equity Program and do some of the work themselves. Laying much of their own flooring, they were able to save a substantial amount of money. Cabinets were another area they were able to save. They found a cabinet company closer to Oconto County that built and installed their cabinets. These things helped bring their “forever home” into budget and become a reality.
Cypress Homes Building Radius
If you are looking for a home builder in Oconto Falls, WI or anywhere else within an hour radius of Appleton, WI, we hope you consider Cypress Homes. Since 1994, Cypress Homes has been building beautiful new homes for customers all across Northeast Wisconsin.
This post was written by Greg Drusch