The Grand Entrance: The arched entryway was one of Kevin Parnell’s design ideas and really gives the home a sense of grandiose proportions.
After a fruitless search for the perfect home around the Springfield area left Jan and Jerry Zieche grumbling with frustration, the couple shifted their sights to Branson. And while visiting Jan’s father who lives in the Point Royale Subdivision, the two found their dream home. Nestled into a corner lot of this sleepy subdivision, the house is boxed in by a golf course and a strip of shady trees, giving the otherwise typical suburban home a sense of seclusion. While the setting was otherwise ideal, there were a few changes the Zieches knew had to be made—including raising all the door frames to eight feet to better accommodate the 6-foot-7-inch tall Jerry. Artistically inclined herself, Jan’s enthusiasm for design was rekindled as she toured the home, jotting down ideas on how to give the Missouri home the look of an old English cottage.
Pretty soon, a few simple tweaks and adjustments turned into an entire remodel, throwing contractor Travis Miller into a whirlwind of building projects. “We basically had to gut the whole place,” says Miller, as he lists off the few items that remain from the original design. Because the Zieches have been living in Texas during the remodel, Miller served as translator for all their design wishes and project concerns, relaying each message back to his build team then back to the Zieches.
“Being so far away, we needed a contractor we could really trust,” says Jan. “Travis has the best crews. They really made this whole year of remodeling a lot easier, and that took a lot of the worry off of us.”
Travis and his team of builders weren’t the only ones helping turn the Zieches' designs into reality. The couple worked with a slew of experts from around 417-land, including Kevin W. Parnell Interior Designs, Meek's Lumber and Hardware and Cabinet Concepts by Design.
Applying Convenience and Design: Shelley Wehner with Cabinet Concepts by Design learned how the Zieches used their kitchen before she started the designs. “She can take any dream that you have and within 15 minutes print it all out 3-D form,” Jan says. The kitchen includes a Wolf refrigerator, double oven, induction cooktop, Asko dishwasher and a small drawer dishwasher. There’s also a Kitchen Aid ice maker and a Wolf warming drawer.
Before the Remodel
The original fireplace was wood burning—one feature Jerry knew he wanted to change right away. “We liked the fireplace but wanted a gas burner and different stone,” he says. So Travis and his team tore down the fireplace and rebuilt the structure using all new stone and installed a new gas-burning unit. And to draw the focus on the fireplace, Jan decided to install ceiling fans with clear blades.
A Softer Touch: The solid black granite sink in the kitchen was shipped from India and features a flowing design hand-etched into the face of the granite. The cabinets are by Cabinet Concepts by Design. The creamy-white color helps draw attention to the sink.
Master Suite:To bring a touch of vintage style into the master bedroom, Parnell brought in a massive 18th-century armoire the Zieches fell for while touring another house Kevin had helped design.
An Artistic Touch: The Zieche couple left TVs out of the living rooms. Instead, TVs were put in the bedrooms. Parnell designed the room so the flat-screen is veiled behind a piece of artwork. With a push of a button the artwork scrolls up, revealing the TV, thanks to SCS Home Entertainment. SCS works closely with homeowners to ensure their products enhance, rather than distract, from a home’s décor.
Bathed in Marble: To fit the claw-foot bathtub, chandelier, twin sinks and glass shower in the master bathroom, Miller had to expand into the closet. To offset the black marble walls and floor, Wehner added reddish-brown cabinets with soft-close drawer slides to keep the drawers from slamming.
Barn to Table Decorating: Creative decorating techniques help open up the dining room. The larger window is from Meek’s Lumber & Hardware. The ceiling is made of reclaimed flooring from a farmhouse in South Carolina. Coupled with the massive oak support beams lining the room, the wood texture imparts that cottage look. The wood beams were so heavy, Miller used several men to carry them in.
A Little Porch Time: The screened in porch with its raised ceiling, all new cedar paneling from Meek’s Lumber & Hardware, copper fan and hammered copper railing feels more like a third living room, which is ideal for Jerry. “We’re pretty outdoorsy people,” he says. “I can see us basically living in that porch.”
Travis Miller Homes
1417 N. Wicklow Rd., Nixa
Kevin W. Parnell Interior Designs
1342 W. Schatz Ln., Nixa
Meek’s Lumber & Hardware
Various 417-land locations,
including Stonetree Ln., Branson
SCS Home Entertainment
2868 S. Glenstone, Springfield