Countless interior designers and builders have already mastered the modern-meets-farmhouse look. However, achieving this look in a 1960s ranch was a challenge Stacy Knauer of AVANT Interiors and Adrian Rhoads of Rhoads Design & Construction were excited to take on.
Originally, the floor plan was not ideal for welcoming guests, who had to enter through the mudroom. Now, this home makes a grand first impression from the revised front entry location. A welcoming foyer with a custom wood table, the living room and dining area are all within eyeshot from the front door.
The clients already owned the heavy beam material the design team used to construct the foyer table. “They had the design idea for [that piece],” Rhoads says. “Between us, our cabinet shop, the painter, the owner and the interior designer––that piece––as simple as it is sitting there, was a collaboration between everybody. When I see it, I remember everybody working together.”
The living room features original exposed brick and structural steel pillars, which didn’t match the aesthetic the homeowners wanted to achieve. Rhoads and Knauer designed and implemented workarounds: They painted the brick around the fireplace and applied mortar to the brick in other spots to give it an aged look. The steel columns now have a wood cover that blends in with the rest of the home.