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The quest for the most-perfect house is no longer about searching for one that fits your needs—it’s about dreaming up one that does, and finding a custom homebuilder who can make it a reality. For our Homes of the Year contest, we invited local builders to show us some of the most extravagant, innovative, one-of-a-kind homes they’ve built in 417-land. We received a healthy selection of top-notch projects, then chose the four homes that were the cream of the custom-home crop. From one-of-a-kind architecture and hidden bookshelves to custom mouldings and fully decked-out media rooms, these houses are unlike any others we’ve ever seen in southwest Missouri. See photos, find inspiration and meet some of the most talented builders in 417-land.

 

Overall Winner: $1 Million Plus

Builder Adrian Rhoads mixes traditional craftsmanship and modern industry to create a home that re-defines functional aesthetics.

CATEGORY: $1 Million Plus

Homeowners: Anonymous 

Winning Builder: Adrian Rhoads, Rhoads Design & Construction, 417-889-6000, rhoadscompany.com

Photographer: Bradley E. Wilkinson

 

Open floor plans are very much on trend right now. In this custom-built home, builder Adrian Rhoads was able to partner the concept with modern designs and industrial appeal. In the process, he was also able to secure an Energy Star certification and green certification from the National Association of Home Builders Research Center. 

There are dozens of eye-catching features that make this house one-of-a-kind. The exposed I-beams, ironwork, sliding barn doors and vaulted kitchen ceiling all play a part in making it a well-deserved Home of the Year. The key to such a complicated building endeavor was a strong working relationship between Rhoads and the homeowners. “From the start, this was a design-build with the clients,” Rhoads says. “That allowed for more of a seamless project.”

Rhoads describes the house as “contemporary with a nod toward craftsman” with details such as oversized entry doors that are replicated throughout the house and a massive fan nine feet in diameter. These details paired a more modern look with the wooden beams and vaulted wood ceiling.

The home includes five bedrooms, six-and-a-half bathrooms, a screened-in porch, an outdoor kitchen, a swimming pool and a hot tub. All of these spaces were designed and built with mixed-use space in mind, so they can go from comfortable spots for the family to party-friendly rooms. “The open floor plan allows for lots of entertaining options, but the rooms still flow together,” Rhoads says.—E.B.

 

I love how these windows bring the backyard into the living room,” says builder Adrian Rhoads. “The view of the outdoors plays well off of the room’s wooden beams and ceiling.” The steel trusses, designed by structural engineer Travis Miller, give the home an industrial–modern twist. These trusses support the roof, so they’re functional as well as visually stimulating. 

 

The oversized front doors give the exterior an artistic touch. “Various features of the entry are duplicated inside the home to create a seamless feel between the interior and exterior,” Rhoads says.

 

What features make this home stand out? It offers a seamless flow between spaces, Rhoads says. Also, true craftsmanship is evident everywhere from the finest stair details to the thoughtfully crafted truss design. “We are grateful to have been a part of this process,” Rhoads says.

Kitchen: The kitchen includes bar seating, a raised breakfast table and a view of the kids’ game room on the second level. The kitchen ceiling was vaulted to allow for a view of the game room, and the cable rail system helps extend the openness of the kitchen more than a traditional railing would.

 

Sitting room:Rhoads put a lot of focus on the detail of the daily-use spaces, such as the sitting area off the breakfast nook. He brought in a custom piece of millwork to use as shelving and to help hide the staircase that goes down to the basement. The unit adds a sense of warmth and enclosure to the room, Rhoads says.   

 

Rhoads wanted to extend natural elements through the house, so he brought the stone used on the exterior of the home into the kitchen. The countertop on the bar is a laminated piece of metal set in between sheets of glass. The hygienic look of the countertop and metal oven hood contrast with the stone pillar and stone and glass mosaic tile back splash. 

 


Wet Bar: The wet bar serves as an entertaining space with wine storage and a beverage fridge. The sliding barn doors on either side allow the room to be shut off from the kitchen and living area, giving the open floor plan a sense of intimacy. Throughout the house, Rhoads mixes the use of wood and metals to create a warm-yet-industrial look. The backsplash on the wet bar is a great example. To create the rusty-orange color, Rhoads used a piece of steel that was left outdoors to rust before being clear-coated.

 


Powder Room: The powder room is located between the main living area and the kids’ play room, so it’s used daily and by guests during parties. The furniture-style sink includes a slab of granite that has a bowl panned out, forming a sink area.

 

The large staircase uses a cable rail instead of a traditional railing to minimize the visual impact and maintain the open floor plan and views.

 

Bathroom:  A bathroom located off of the home’s hallway is attached to the screened porch and features cubbies and a bench, making it perfect for guests using the pool.

 

Pool: The heated saltwater pool includes a large hot tub and fountains that cascade into the pool. There is a sun deck on the shallow end and a diving board on the adjacent deep end. The pool area also has a fire pit and outdoor kitchen. Rhoads used landscaping to soften the look of the concrete pool deck and create more of a resort feel.

 

Exterior: The home’s outdoor space features three fountains that flow into a catch basin, which then runs into the surface of the pool. 

 

What tools could you not live without? 
A cell phone and a tape measure.

What’s your favorite Home building trend?  
The open floor plan. It maximizes the square footage and lets in natural light.

The most important thing to keep in mind when building a new home is:
selecting a contractor. A house will cost whatever it will cost based on size, quality and finishes, but you have to have a contractor that you can openly communicate with.

The most important thing to keep in mind when remodeling an existing home is:
 
having patience. The first week is always awesome. It’s the rest that wear on you, even when the project is on budget and on schedule.

What’s your favorite thing about your job?
 
The people. From our clients to the Rhoads’ team members and subcontractors and vendors.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced on the job? 
No challenges, just opportunities. And Boston terriers, the sneaky little things.

If you had to give one piece of advice to someone building a new home, what would it be? 
Take your time on the front end. If you are patient and get the construction plans and budget worked out, it will give you peace of mind to move forward with confidence. 

How will home construction be different in five years? 
With the advancements of building technologies and the increased awareness of green building techniques, I think we will see the overall efficiencies of new homes continue to rise. 

What’s the biggest trend you see happening in construction right now? 
The trend is to not worry about trends. People are designing spaces that suit their individual wants and needs.

What three words describe your dream home? 
Functional, aesthetic and efficient.

Winning Builder, Designer, Plans:
Adrian Rhoads
Rhoads Design & Construction
1435 S. Enterprise, Springfield
417-889-6000, rhoadscompany.com

Electrical
RH Electric
1029 W. Battlefield,
Springfield
417-838-1383

Plumbing
Draper Plumbing
P.O. Box 2001, Ozark
417-844-7501 

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

Cabinets and Custom Woodwork
Buchholz Custom Woodworks
1410 Taylor St., Aurora
417-846-5189

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

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

Doors/Windows
Herrman Lumber Company
1917 S. State Hwy. MM, Springfield
417-862-3737, herrmanlumber.com

Meek’s The Builder’s Choice 
1551 Mt. Vernon, Springfield
417-862-5595, meeks.com

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

Wood Floors
Bold Wood Floors
22129 Lawrence 2210, Aurora
417-224-3692 

Decorative Paint Contractor
B Precision Painting
2173 N. Farm Rd. 81, Springfield
417-827-1415

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

Garage Doors
Overhead Door Company
707 N. Grant Ave., Springfield
417-862-9332, ohdspringfield.com

Landscaping
Myron Royce Gardens
430 Shady Oaks Dr., Ozark
417-443-2648, myronroycegardens.com

Architectural Moldings
The Millwork Shoppe
2115 N. Sports Complex Ln., Nixa
417-725-5220

Irrigation
Trimworks Lawncare & Irrigation
3328 E. Linwood, Springfield
417-840-0282, trimworkslawncare.com

Pool Contractor
Springfield Pool & Spa
3117 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-883-8827, springfieldpoolandspa.com

Structural Engineer
Miller Engineering 
3827 S. Timbercreek Ave, Suite A, Springfield
417-866-6664, millerstructures.com

Custom Metal Fabrication
Advanced Metal Fabricators
1050 E. Lynn St., Springfield
417-873-9696, amfab417.com

Stairs
Allen Stairways 
P.O. Box 2301, Springfield 
417-865-1047, allenstairways.com

Fireplace
MIS Fireplace 
1348 West Liberty Ave., Ozark
417-581-5812, mo-insulation.com

Stone
Fraley Masonry
2726 N. Biagio, Ozark
417-582-1715, fraleymasonryonline.com

Shower Doors/Custom Glass
American Glass 
2801 N. LeCompte,
Springfield
417-866-8361, americanglassinc.com

Audio/Visual
Interactive Home Systems
5024 E. Hedgerow Dr., Springfield
417-830-8400

Plumbing Fixtures
Harry Cooper Supply Company
605 N. Sherman Pkwy., Springfield
417-865-8392, harrycooper.com

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

Interior Designer
Abode Design, Lisa Choate
831-601-3675, lisa.choate99@gmail.com

 

 


 

 

Winner $750,000—$1 Million

Rick Ramsey included a complete radius window, a hidden bookshelf and native stone in the Kubik family’s custom-built Prairie-style home. 

Category: $750,000—$1 Million

Homeowners: Greg & Tori Kubik 

Winning Builder: Rick Ramsey 
Ramsey Building Company, LLC, 201 N. Main St., Nixa,
417-725-5545, ramseybuilding.com

Photographers: Randy Colwell & Steve Pearcy

Although 417-land homebuilder Rick Ramsey is best known for his astounding French country–style homes, his talents don’t stop there. Proof of this can be found in Greg and Tori Kubik’s Prairie-style home. “They knew I ventured out of building French country style,” Ramsey says. Greg’s brother is Brian Kubik, an architect with Buxton Kubik Dodd Creative, and he designed the home plans. Greg and Tori shared these with Ramsey. 

The result is a gorgeous home that the Kubiks say is perfect for their family. “We have three little kids, and pretty much every design element and functional space was built around that fact,” Tori says. 

Tucked away in a gated community outside Nixa, the 6,000 -square-foot home constructed by Ramsey and his team boasts a sprawling floor plan and square lines. The interior is open and airy with a light color scheme. It features hand-scraped wood floors, stained passage doors and a mixture of painted and stained cabinetry, as well as a basement entertainment area with an extensive theater system and a wet bar. Native stone was used in the construction process, and the home’s air-tight foam insulation and geothermal system ensure it is energy efficient. Other impressive features include a hidden bookcase door, a spacious master suite, screened porches and an outdoor entertaining area, making it the perfect spot for Greg and Tori to live, entertain and raise their kids: 5-year-old twins, Graham and Gwen, and 2-year-old daughter Cora. —S.W.


Located off the living room, the Kubik home’s library is the perfect spot to unwind. A partial wall with retracting pocket doors separates the library area, and custom cabinetry and a fireplace give the room a cozy feel. The room’s side wall features a hidden bookcase that leads to the master suite.

 


Sitting on the main level, the home’s living room is two stories tall. A free-flowing floor plan connects the room to the kitchen, and just a few steps make the sunken room an extra-cozy space. French doors open to a screened porch that overlooks the James River.

What features make this home stand out? “Very unique architecture,” Ramsey says. “The house is very linear and offers a lot of views. It sits on a ridge and overlooks the James River.” 

 

MASTER BEDROOM AND BATHROOM The master bedroom’s large window (left) offers a great view of pasture and the James River. A mixed media piece that hangs above the bed, created by Kristen Naugle from Nixa, features a cove at Tablerock Lake. The master bathroom (right) features an old-fashioned bubble tub and oversized 12-by-24 tile. The open-style vanities (above) provide clean lines and beautiful custom woodwork. The room’s wainscoting provides contrast with the gray-blue walls, and CaesarStone countertops help complete the room’s sleek and clean look.

 

LOWER LEVEL: The home’s lower level includes an entertainment area and a wetbar. A cozy couch provides the perfect seat for watching a blockbuster on the projection screen, which is retractable and easily hidden. 

 

KITCHEN: The kitchen features a barrel ceiling and a custom-ordered, complete-radius window that looks out to the covered outdoor entertaining area. The design includes clean, straight lines on the cabinetry and countertops. “I like the contrast of the darker walnut island with the light CaesarStone countertops,” Ramsey says. 

 

DINING ROOM: The home’s coffered ceilings provide visual interest in the dining room, and two large lights were chosen to accompany the space’s large dining table. An absence of drapery shows off the window moldings, and matching trim work helps show off the home’s top-notch craftsmanship.

 


What one building tool could you not live without? 
My iPad. It helps keep me organized and informed; the house plans and details for each project are at my fingertips when I’m meeting with clients or walking through job sites.

What’s your favorite new home building trend? 
Smaller homes with more details. More and more often, I meet clients who are looking to downsize but still want a very detailed home with several high-end features, such as an extensive home theater system, outdoor living areas or specialty rooms.

The most important thing to keep in mind when building a new home is:
 
choosing the right builder to spend the next nine-10 months with. You’ll be together so much that you will start to feel like family!

The most important thing to keep in mind when remodeling an existing home is
to be prepared to change your mind! Selections and details tend to change frequently in remodeling projects as the overall look of the home begins to transform.

What’s your favorite thing about your job? 
Continual opportunities to stretch my mind, while drawing on my knowledge and experience to come up with new ideas. Each home presents unique challenges, and I enjoy figuring out ways to overcome them and make the home even better.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced on the job? 
When clients have a wish list that exceeds their budget, it is challenging to try to reconcile those two aspects in a way that will satisfy the customer. It’s important to help my clients stay within their means, but I also strive to give them the home they’ve been dreaming of as much as possible.

If you had to give one piece of advice to someone building a new home, what would it be? 
Sit back and relax. It’s easy to get stressed out at times while trying to make decisions, but the home-building process should be an enjoyable one and doesn’t have to be stressful.

How will home construction be different in five years? 
Hopefully, the market will continue to improve and allow more people the ability (and opportunity) to build their dream home. I also see the trend of high-efficient and green homes continuing to grow in popularity and practicality.

What’s the biggest trend you see happening in construction right now? 
People are venturing out with new and different architectural styles, which gives me the opportunity to incorporate a variety of details and features. I enjoy finding new products to lend an extra level of flair to a home and bring a unique element to specific areas.

What three words describe your dream home? 
Family, details, outdoors.  

Winning Builder, Custom Woodwork
Rick Ramsey
Ramsey Building Company
201 N. Main St., Nixa
417-725-5545, ramseybuilding.com

Architect
Brian Kubik
Buxton Kubik Dodd Creative
1531 E. Bradford Pkwy., Springfield
417-890-5543, bk-dc.com

Designer
Brandi Yancey
Buxton Kubik Dodd Creative
1531 E. Bradford Pkwy., Springfield
417-890-5543, bk-dc.com

Plumbing
Precision Plumbing, LLC
806 Heritage, Strafford
417-840-2495

HVAC
Long Refrigeration, Inc.
1301 S. Third St.., Ozark
417-581-8138, longrefrigeration.com

Cabinets
Cabinet Concepts by Design
1342 W. Schatz Ln., Nixa
417-725-3400, 
cabinetconceptsbydesign.com

Countertops
Ozark Mountain Granite
6001 N. 21st St., Ozark
417-581-4600, 
ozarkmountaingraniteandtile.com

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

Doors/Windows
Janss Lumber
629 E. Commercial St., Springfield
417-866-4361, jansslumber.com

Missouri Millwork
1770 N. Packer Rd., Springfield
417-865-5121

Midwest Block & Brick
1650 E. Atlantic, Springfield
417-869-2595

Carpet, Stone and Tile
Midwest Rug Co.
911 W. Sunshine St., Springfield
417-869-3030, 
midwestrugcompany.com

Decorative Paint Contractor
Wonder Faux Finishes
Bolivar
417-298-0296

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

Garage Doors
Renner Supply Co.
3252 N. Glenstone B-100, Springfield
417-833-1201, rennersupply.com

Landscaping
Custom Creations
105 Brook Hills Dr., Marshfield
417-840-2863

Architectural Moldings
Missouri Millwork
1770 N. Packer Rd., Springfield
417-865-5121

Masonry
Brick Mountain Holding, LLC Nixa
417-583-2267

 

 

 

 

Winner $500,000—750,000

This winning builder designed and built his own home, keeping comfort, function and the environment in mind. 

Category: $500,000–$750,000

Homeowners: John & Tanya Marion

Winning Builder: John Marion with John Marion Construction, LLC, 417-838-1087

Photographer: Randy Colwell 

 

John Marion considers himself energy-conscious as a builder, and he found this was especially true while he was finishing the construction of his own home. But with five kids and an active family life that includes plenty of entertaining, Marion didn’t want to sacrifice beauty and comfort for energy efficiency. The balance that he crafted with this home secured him plenty of function and style along with the coveted Energy Star certification, deeming Marion’s home a green building.

Using a geothermal system, the six bedrooms, two living areas, pool, exercise room and game room are warmed and cooled by five 200-foot wells dug underneath the driveway. The wells use the underground temperature, which is around 55 degrees; they heat and cool the house starting from that temperature rather than the ambient temperature. This energy-efficient technology is able to heat, cool and supply the house with hot water. “A lot of people think you can only do this if you have acreage,” Marion says. “But we live in the city.”

The house is also equipped with some of the latest technology, such as smart phone apps that allow the Marions to control their thermostats, arm their security systems and even open and close their garage doors from their phones. “These types of systems are so affordable now,” Marion says. “As a homeowner, I use these systems, and as a builder, I can offer advice to clients about them.”

It’s this blend of convenience and functionality that makes this home a Home of the Year. “We wanted to show that we can build a green home and make it functional and affordable and make it look nice,” Marion says.—E.B.


The Marion kids’ favorite space is definitely the pool. This in-ground salt-water pool is heated by the same wells that help heat and cool the home. Marion also built a wrap-around deck with plenty of seating and added a grilling island to the lounge area, adding entertaining potential.

 

The covered porch offers another dining and entertaining area during the summer and shares a great view of the pool and neighborhood. 

 

 

What features make this home stand out?“We were able to achieve both green building and Energy Star certifications while also creating a beautiful and functional family home,” Marion says. 

 

Living Room: The row of windows in the living room allows in plenty of natural light and opens the room into the backyard. The living room also has surround sound with speakers installed in the ceiling. Marion used 2-by-6 construction for the house frame, which created thicker walls and greater insulation. 

 

 

FIREPLACE: The gas fireplace was brought in from Meek’s, and the cedar mantle was a leftover post that Marion repurposed. The coffee table is from Hometown Furniture. 

 

 

Marion’s wife, Tanya, came up with the idea of the coffered ceiling after seeing it on Pinterest. “I can do anything if you bring me the idea and show me what you want,” Marion says. The kitchen is also equipped with quartz counterttops, and the main sink rests in the massive island along with a dishwasher and trash pull out. 

 

 

Master Bedroom: The tray ceiling gives the master bedroom a more spacious feeling, and indirect lighting offers a few extra options. Marion used wide-plank hardwood floors throughout the house, and the dark wood gives a rustic feel to this modern home. 

 

 

 Master Bath: The cabinets in the master bath were done by Cabinet Concepts by Design and house extra storage for towels. Marion also included a docking station in the cabinets where phones can be plugged in. The Jacuzzi is from Edge Supply, and Marion set up the lighting so the light above the Jacuzzi can be left on if all the other lights are turned off. 

 

 



 

 

What one tool could you not live without? 
My iPhone. I use it to coordinate subcontractors, order materials, confer with clients and more.

What is your favorite new home building trend? 
Smart Technology is a trend that has become more affordable and gives the homeowner control over their home systems with the use of a smart phone. They can control their security systems, lighting, garage doors, video surveillance systems, thermostats and much more.

The most important thing to keep in mind when building a new home is to plan accordingly.
The most important thing to keep in mind when remodeling an existing home is to understand the complexities of the job. It may not be as easy as they make it look on HGTV!

What’s your favorite thing about your job? 
The satisfaction of creating a place our clients have dreamed about and now call home.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced on the job? 
Building a home in seven days in Joplin for ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition.

If you had to give one piece of advice to someone building a new home, what would it be? 
Choose a builder who understands your vision, communicates well and in whom you can trust.

How will home construction be different in five years? 
I foresee a greater emphasis on energy efficiency and green building techniques.

What’s the biggest trend you see happening in construction right now? 
There are more online options where our clients can go to gather ideas. Clients are bringing us ideas from websites like Pinterest and Houzz to incorporate into their new homes.

 

Winning Builder and Designer:
John Marion
John Marion Construction, LLC
2916 S. Camber Ave., Springfield
417-838-1087, builderjohnmarion.com

Plans:
B&G Drafting
2104 S. Stewart Ave.,Springfield
417-883-5420, bgdrafting.com

Electrical
Sechler Electric Inc.
1925 E. Phelps, Springfield
417-864-5389

Plumbing
Farr Better Plumbing
3463 E. Sawyer Rd.,
Brookline Station
417-864-8703, farrbetterplumbing.com

HVAC
Krueger Geothermal Systems 
2305-F West Vista, Springfield
417-883-6395, kreugergeothermal.com

Cabinets
Cabinet Concepts by Design
1342 West Schatz Lane, Nixa
417-725-3400, cabinetconceptsbydesign.com

Countertops
Custom Granite & Tile 
1445 W. Chestnut Expy., Springfield
417-864-0999, customgraniteandtile.com

Hardware
Lowe’s
1850 E. Primrose St., Springfield
417-889-1980, lowes.com

 

Doors/Windows,
Custom Woodwork and Architectural Moldings

Meek’s Design Center
3231 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield
417-889-1929, meeks.com

Carpet
Midwest Rug Company
911 W. Sunshine St.,Springfield
417-869-3030,midwestrugcompany.com

Stone/Tile
Mussino Tile
3045 S. Scenic, Springfield
417-889-8453, mussinotileonline.com

Wood Floors
Vermillion Hardwood Flooring
1207 S. Scenic, Springfield
417-862-3785, vermillion-flooring.com

Painter
Hill Painting LLC
286 Crown Dr., Marshfield
417-350-5703, hillpaintingllc.com

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

Garage Doors
Brookline Doorworks
6553 W. Farm Road 140, Springfield
417-862-8920, brooklinedoorworks.com

Landscaping
M&M Landscaping
607 N. Persimmon, Nixa
417-861-8141

Furniture
Hometown Furniture
201 Helena, Rogersville
417-753-7672, hfc99.com

 

 

 

Winner: $500,000 or Less

 

Rick Ramsey created a custom-built Arts and Crafts–style farmhouse that combines rustic charm with energy-efficient features.

Category: $500,000 or Less

Homeowners: Bryan & Beth Foster

Winning Builder: Rick Ramsey, Ramsey Building Company, LLC, 201 N. Main St., Nixa 417-725-5545, ramseybuilding.com

Photographer: Steve Pearcy

 

Bryan and Beth Foster approached builder Rick Ramsey with a challenge. The couple wanted a custom-built Arts and Crafts–style farmhouse that boasted charm and appeal as if it were built years ago, but they also wanted it to be energy-efficient and feature modern products. “It was inspired by my folks’ house, which is a Craftsman-type bungalow,” Bryan says. “We wanted our house to look like it was built in the 1930s or 1940s, but with cutting-edge features. It turned out just like we wanted it to.” 

Nestled in a quaint country setting just north of Springfield, the home features reclaimed bricks, reclaimed wood flooring and antique beams from the Carolinas that help complete the vintage farmhouse look. Also adding to the charm are quarter-sawn oak cabinetry, vintage-style bathroom fixtures, a pedestal tub and a screened porch that offers a quiet place to enjoy the peaceful countryside. These touches are combined with modern appliances, an intermingled geothermal heating system and foam insulation to make the home up-to-date and environmentally friendly. 

The house provided Ramsey with the opportunity to build something out of the norm. “Notoriously, this style doesn’t have as open of a floor plan as many other homes that are built today do,” Ramsey says. “We kept it that way.” But it is still every bit as comfortable. From the picturesque staircase off the entry to the spacious kitchen that boasts straight lines and beautiful woodwork, the home is the perfect spot for the Foster family to enjoy country living with an abundance of modern conveniences.—S.W.


A combination of reclaimed brick, concrete board, shake shingles and lap siding complete the home’s exterior. It sits on a beautiful piece of land just north of Springfield and features double-hung windows, flared overhangs and one-of-a-kind cornice work in the peaks of the gables, says builder Rick Ramsey.

 

 LIVING ROOM/ENTRY: The home’s wood floors are reclaimed pine and came out of an old factory, and the stairs feature reclaimed treads and painted risers. The main entry door is made of quarter-sawn oak and boasts true Craftsman appeal, along with the rectangular trim and beamwork.  



 KITCHEN:The kitchen cabinetry is composed of quarter-sawn oak, and the room features a recessed design that’s flush and flat with clean lines. The countertops are a honed granite, the floor is porcelain tile and the backsplash is glass subway tile. 


Just as with many old farmhouses, the home’s bathroom features quarter-sawn oak wall panels. The small, octagonal tile also adds a vintage appeal, as does the room’s cast-iron, porcelain-coated soaking tub. The bathroom is complete with two free-standing sinks with chrome fixtures. 

 

 

 

Winning Builder
Rick Ramsey
Ramsey Building Company
201 N. Main St., Nixa
417-725-5545, ramseybuilding.com

Plans
Dale Peer
Dale Peer-Home Design, Inc. Springfield
417-889-3545, dalepeerhomedesign.com

Masonry
Brick Mountain Holding, LLC
Nixa, 417-583-2267

Plumbing
Precision Plumbing, LLC
806 Heritage, Strafford
417-840-2495

HVAC
Long Refrigeration, Inc
1301 S. Third St., Ozark
417-581-8138, longrefrigeration.com

Cabinets
Cabinet Concepts by Design
1342 W. Schatz Lane, Nixa
417-725-3400, cabinetconceptsbydesign.com

Countertops
Ozark Mountain Granite
6001 N. 21st St., Ozark
417-581-4600

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

Doors/Windows
Janss Lumber
629 E. Commercial St., Springfield
417-866-4361, jansslumber.com

Missouri Millwork
1770 N. Packer Rd., Springfield
417-865-5121

Jamerson Millworks
615 N. Rogers Ave., Springfield
417-866-4033, jamersondoor.com

Mansfield Building Supply
875 W. Commercial
Mansfield
417-924-3205

Carpet, Stone and Tile
Midwest Rug Company
911 West Sunshine St.,Springfield
417-869-3030, midwestrugcompany.com

Decorative Paint Contractor
Ron Carl Painting
Seymour
417-838-9476

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

Garage Doors
Renner Supply Co.
3252 N. Glenstone Ave., B-100, Springfield
417-833-1201, rennersupply.com

 Landscaping
Custom Creations
105 Brook Hills Dr., Marshfield
417-840-2863

Architectural Moldings
Missouri Millwork
1770 N. Packer Rd., Springfield
417-865-5121