2013 Homes of the Year

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Year after year, we ask 417-land builders to show us their best work for our annual Homes of the Year contest, and every year, we continue to be impressed. This year’s contest started earlier this summer, when southwest Missouri’s very best builders submitted nearly a dozen jaw-dropping homes for thecontest. Next a panel of judges narrowed it down to the most fabulous homes in three price categories. We visited each one to capture the beauty and to learn the builder’s story. Each house is a work of art, dreamed up on paper, then made a reality by one of the top builders in our corner of the state. Take a look at these hand-crafted masterpieces, then start planning your own dream home.

A GRAND WELCOME: Designer Jacque Pitts worked closely with builder Doug Pitts and the homeowners to achieve an Old World style without making the house feel outdated. Jacque added the cultured stone to the entryway walls and ceiling to give the space a grandiose look.

Builder Doug Pitts’s latest custom build combines Old World aesthetics and charm with all of today’s comforts and conveniences. 

Category: More Than $1 Million
Homeowners: Anonymous
Winning Builder: Doug Pitts, Doug Pitts Construction, 1719 Farm Rd. 245, Rogersville, 417-840-5759, dougpittsconstruction.net
Photographer: Jeremy Mason McGraw

As many new homes take on a more modern style, Doug Pitts, owner of Doug Pitts Construction, just finished a home where new and modern are far from present. Pitts worked with Designer Jacque Pitts and Project Coordinator Kaye Lee to complete the home, which has many custom touches. This house features reclaimed wooden beams, brick backsplashes and stone ceilings. Stained wooden cabinetry and custom wooden tables deck the main rooms, where faux cobblestone tile blends with wooden inlays. 

Seated on 10 acres and surrounded by towering trees, this home whisks you back to Old World England. But it’s not the time travel that’s so impressive about this house, it’s Doug and his team’s ability to pull off Old World style and charm while still building a home that’s both energy-efficient and features all of today’s modern comforts. 

The exterior is a mix of large wooden beams, stucco, brick and stone, all of which are carried through the home’s interior. “There’s an enormous amount of detail that went into this home,” Doug says. “There are hand-scraped wood floors, plaster walls that required setting up scaffolding, built-in desks in several of the rooms and tons of custom wood work.” 

The architectural details aren’t the only impressive features. With four bedrooms, a fully stocked kitchen, hearth room, formal dining room, great room, impressive foyer, finished basement, pub, wine cellar and home theater, it’s hard to think of anything the house is missing in terms of comfort and entertainment. With homeowners who love to entertain and who have two young daughters, Doug’s goal was to build a space that was both livable and well equipped to play host. This 12,000-square-foot home is perfect for each.—Ettie Berneking

A TOUCH OF CLASS: The living room features a massive gas fireplace with concrete corbels. Designer Jacque Pitts brought in furniture from Brashears and worked with the homeowners to mix in their current furnishings.

Huzzah!: To give the husband a place where he could relax with his friends, Builder Doug Pitts, Designer Jacque Pitts and Project Coordinator Kaye Lee worked together to build a basement pub that resembles an Old World English bar. They even included a custom copper bar tap.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION:With enough seating for eight, an old-fashioned popcorn maker and a stunning vaulted ceiling, Doug Pitts and his team were able to turn the homeowners’ basement into a full-blown movie theater and entertainment center. 

Outside the theater, Pitts, Designer Jacque Pitts and Kaye Lee brought in comfy furnishings to create another cozy getaway where the family can lounge and look out over their wooded backyard.

Just like in the rest of the house, Doug Pitts and Designer Jacque Pitts worked to make the master bedroom as functional and comfortable as possible.

They included a reading nook, coffee bar, gas fireplace (left) and access to a private patio. 

Custom wood cabinetry is a beautiful highlight of the master bathroom, which also features glazed porcelain tile that is made to look and feel like real stone.

The space also features a massive walk-in shower with detailed tile work and custom shelving.

417 Home: How long did it take you to complete this project?
Doug Pitts: About 17 months.

417: You included a theater room in this project. As a builder, are you seeing more families incorporate home entertainment spaces?
D.P.: In the last few years, home theaters have become much more popular. There’s been more focus on incorporating home entertainment into custom builds, whether it’s an outdoor kitchen, theater or even just a bar. People really are spending more time in their homes.

417: How many types of wood are incorporated into the bar?
D.P.: There are two types of wood, but four textures. This pub area is all about the husband. The pub and the wine cellar were the two big things on his wish list. I think we were really able to recreate the look and atmosphere of an Old-World English pub for him. 

417: When building the wine cellar, did the homeowners have any specific wishes?
D.P.: Most houses that have a basement have the potential to include a wine cellar or storm shelter, so this was the perfect spot for the family’s wine collection. We knew this room needed to be temperature- and humidity-controlled, but we also wanted to give it that vintage look. The iron work on the door really adds to the look of this space.

417: Was the wall along the basement wine tasting area something the homeowners wanted?
D.P.: The wall is made of Western red cedar, and the wine boxes incorporated are from Brown Derby (see behind seating area in photo, right). We distressed the boards on-site to give them that Old World feel and then laid them out to fit around the wine box cutouts. The owners knew they wanted to make a space where they could entertain and enjoy wine, but the wall was a surprise. I knew they loved wine, and they’re good friends with the owner of Brown Derby, so I made a call.

417: What did you do to keep this house up-to-date while sticking to the homeowners’ wish for a more Old World look?
D.P.: The look of the house is definitely Old World, but we wanted the home to be as efficient and functional as possible. We included a state-of-the-art heating and cooling system with the Mitsubishi Geo Thermal units, so each room can be set to its own temperature. We used low-voltage lighting and included a great sound system throughout the house.

417: Is there anything else you’d like to add about this home?
D.P.: The homeowners were great to work with. They came prepared with several creative thoughts, pictures and notes. Because they trusted us with their ideas, the talented subcontractors of Doug Pitts Construction were able to achieve the homeowners’ design ideas.


Resource Listing

Doug Pitts, Doug Pitts Construction
1719 Farm Rd. 245, Rogersville, 417-840-5759, dougpittsconstruction.net

Dale Peer, Dale Peer Home Design, Inc.
1200 E. Woodhurst, K-100, Springfield, 417-889-3545, dalepeerhomedesign.com

Buneta Construction and Rockscapes
1924 W. Walnut St., Springfield, 417-234-0009

Comfort Mechanical, LLC
6431 E. Ridgeline Dr., Springfield, 417-827-3422

ABC Roofing
2131 W. Republic Rd., Ste. 131, Springfield, 417-860-5848

Prosser Painting

Insulation, windows, front exterior doors:
Meeks Design Center
3231 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-889-1929

Cardoza Construction
239 Redwood Dr., Ozark, 417-725-6717, cardozaconstruction.com

Custom Finishes:
Sara and Justin HuffmanWork of Art

Trim Work/Finishes, Interior Doors:
Done Right Construction
Springfield, 417-569-7016

Copper Manor, A Division of CNR MetalWorks
1342 N. Nias Ave., Springfield , 417-888-0129, coppermanor.com

Stone work:
Russ Tracy G.R. Tracy Masonry
Springfield, 417-861-3026

Clayman Plastering
Springfield, 417-886-7900

The Carpet Shoppe
1827 E. Seminole St., Springfield, 417-883-6455, thecarpetshoppe.com

Light Fixtures:
The Light House Gallery
4113 S. National Ave., Springfield, 417-889-1088, thelighthousegallery.com

Metro Appliances & More
3252 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-833-1113, metroappliancesandmore.com

Fritz Designs & Concepts
620 N. Prince Ln., Springfield, 417-869-6499, fritzdc.com

Cabinet Distressing & Faux Finish
Impressionistic Painting, oldworldfaux.com

Plumbing Fixtures:
Harry Cooper Galleria Showroom
605 N. Sherman Pkwy., Springfield, 417-875-7314, harrycooper.com

Wheeler Plumbing
915 E. Waterford Blvd., Ozark, 417-838-5736

Fireplace Inserts:
HMI Fireplace Shops
1744 N. Deffer Dr., Nixa, 417-725-2550, hmifireplaceshop.com

Electrical Voltage: 
Kilivolt Electric
Rogersville, 417-353-1184, kilivoltelectric.com 

Audio/Central Vac and Security/Fire Alarms:
Rave Design Services
137 E. State Hwy. CC, Nixa, 417-447-3344, ravedesignservices.com

Tile Installer:
Bailey’s Custom Tile
Ozark, 417-581-3091

Nixa Lawn Service
Springfield, 417-724-0318, nixalawnservice.com

National Home Products
2726 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-731-3220, nhp-spfd.com

Unique Tile
1364 N. Kelly Ave., Nixa, 417-725-5515, uniquetile.com

Architectural Concrete:
A&M Crete
1660 W. Skyline Ave., Ozark, 417-581-6999, amcrete.net

Clark & Sons Pools
Springfield, 417-840-0562, clarkandsonspools.com

Garage Doors:
Brookline Doorworks
308 W. Lakewood St., Springfield, 417-883-3667, brooklinedoorworks.com

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