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Homes of the Year 2014

From a stately English Manor to a home boasting a plethora of Old-World flare, these homes are among the most beautiful we’ve ever featured. Let us take you inside this year's Homes of the Year.

By Jennifer Adamson and Savannah Waszczuk

Nov 2014

deck overlooking the lake
Photo by Jeremy Mason McGrawLocated on Table Rock Lake, this custom home by builder Jay Krause and custom home designer Ron Hill boasts a fully covered veranda that's perfect for relaxing and entertaining.

Earlier in the summer of 2014, we invited southwest Missouri builders to show us their very best work for our annual Homes of the Year contest. The entries were plentiful, including nearly 20 top-notch homes that were all well worthy of the honor. Next, a panel of judges narrowed the list down to the five best in four price categories. The winning homes range in style, featuring everything from clean lines and modern color palettes to chunky wooden beams and one-of-a-kind rustic touches. From a stately English Manor to a home boasting a plethora of Old-World flare, these homes are among the most beautiful we’ve ever featured. Check them out, learn the details and start planning your own dream-worthy space.

Meet the Winners

Get to know the creative masterminds highlighted in the 2014 Homes of the Year Contest, each of whom has years of experience building and designing one-of-a-kind dream homes.

jay krause

JAY KRAUSE
Krause Construction

Custom builder Jay Krause started working in construction at an early age when his father, LeRoy Krause, started Krause Construction Company on Table Rock Lake. During his high school years, Krause’s summers were filled with pouring concrete, framing houses and more. He eventually worked his way into drafting plans, and then even became a general contractor at a young age. Krause worked with the company for decades, creating a plethora of resorts and custom homes, many near Table Rock Lake. In 1993, Krause purchased Krause Construction Company with his wife, Tricia, and the two have been leading the way in quality construction ever since. With five decades of building on Table Rock Lake, the company is well known for its quality and innovation.

ron hill

RON HILL
Euro World Design

Custom Home Designer Ron Hill has been designing houses since 1978. It all began when he studied industrial technology and business at School of the Ozarks (now College of the Ozarks), where his studies were heavy on the residential side of the curriculum. Directly after college, Hill worked as a paramedic and designed homes on the side, and then he later studied at the Drury School of Architecture. Hill opened Finley River Design in 1992, and he moved to an office in Millwood in 2000. Next he designed many Millwood homes, eventually starting Euro World design in 2003. Since that time, Hill has designed everything from a custom dog house to homes larger than 20,000 square feet. He serves clients both all over the United States and abroad, including a couple in Australia.

rick ramsey

RICK RAMSEY
Ramsey Building Company, LLC

Well known for designing and building quality homes all around 417-land, custom builder Rick Ramsey began his building career in 1995. His journey first started when he began building rental homes to create his own rental portfolio. This didn’t last long, as he was quickly approached by people who wanted to purchase these rental properties. Ramsey found himself putting a one-of-a-kind twist on each home to suit each client’s taste, which led him to becoming a custom builder. Today, Ramsey Building Company constructs homes all throughout southwest Missouri, and Ramsey says each has its own special touch.

adrian rhoads

ADRIAN RHOADS
Rhoads Design & Construction

Before he became the established custom home designer and builder he is today, Adrian Rhoads received his degree in architecture from Drury University. After graduating, Rhoads worked in commercial architecture for four years, and in 2004 he started Rhoads Design & Construction. In the beginning, the company primarily renovated existing homes, and it grew into constructing custom-designed homes. Over the years, Rhoads Design & Construction has been successful in both markets of design and construction, and it eventually added a full-time architect to its team. Rhoads says the company prides itself on focusing on relationships built with each client and, in turn, offering high quality services and craftsmanship.

rusty maclachlan

RUSTY MACLACHLAN
J. Russell MacLachlan Custom Homes 

Home building has been passed down from father to son for more than seven generations in Rusty MacLachlan’s family. After earning a degree in business management, MacLachlan decided to try building, and he found he was passionate about creating homes for people to meet their needs. Now he has been building custom homes in 417-land for more than 30 years, and his wife, Julie, is the designer for many of his projects. Custom designing and building new homes is MacLachlan’s specialty, and he works hard to please his clients and provide them with accounts and balances throughout the process. By building his business on honesty and integrity, MacLachlan has acquired repeat customers: One current client bought their first home from him, and they had him design and build two others as their family grew. Now, he’s building their retirement home. 

Old World Meets New World

Combining mixed materials and shapes and modern conveniences and style, this lake-house getaway has an updated, European vibe.


Category: More than $1 Million (tie) | Homeowners: Anonymous | Winning Builder: Jay Krause, Krause Construction, Kimberling City, 417-739-5480 | Winning custom home designer: Ron Hill, Euro World Design, 1929 Tanglewood Ln., Nixa, 417-581-6057 | Photographer: Jeremy Mason McGraw
wood work with a view of the lake
Photo by Jeremy Mason McGrawThe second level of the house offers a great view into the great room, where the ceiling is adorned with a custom-designed Douglas fir truss system. The beams create the perfect frame for a gorgeous view of Table Rock Lake.

Growing up with a father who worked as a contractor, builder Jay Krause of Krause Construction figured he’d end up in the construction business. What he didn’t count on was being asked to build a 17,000-square-foot luxury home overlooking Table Rock Lake. 

Although he’d worked for the homeowners previously, this was the first time he’d built a home of that size. “I think they were attracted to the high quality we put out,” Krause says. “Customers want the best of the best, and that’s what we give them.”

Krause has owned Krause Construction in Kimberling City since 1990. For this project, he enlisted custom home designer Ron Hill to enliven the clients’ European-style vision.

Hill knew attention to detail was critical. Now, as the owner of Euro World Design, precision matters. “Our job is to take the family’s ideas from conceptual to buildable drawings,” Hill says. “We will create a home that specifically caters to your individual specifications.”

Euro World Design is known for architecture influenced by the rich history of Old-World home construction, which favors restoration over ruin. As a result, many of Hill’s plans incorporate changes in materials and shapes. This estate is no exception.

On the exterior, a round stone turret suggests French country, while sharp lines of timber add that mixed-materials effect. On the interior, beautiful post-and-beam work extends throughout the home’s seven bedrooms and 11 bathrooms, imparting a woodsy, cozy feeling, especially when combined with a warm color palette.

Krause is proud of his collaboration with Euro World Design and the finished product. “I think it’s probably one-of-a-kind in our immediate area,” he says.—Jennifer Adamson

european home exterior design
Photo by Jeremy Mason McGrawWith features unmistakably characteristic of Euro World Design’s aesthetic, the grandeur of this residence is one-of-a-kind. Decorative half timbering, stucco and stone combine to mimic the look of French Normandy homes. A central turret with a cone-shaped roof, a distinguishing feature of this architecture, encloses a staircase leading to upstairs bedrooms. The front door is reclaimed from a 19th century courthouse in Yorkshire, England. Shingles simulate slate while copper guttering and finials add a finishing touch.
home exterior overlooking lake
Photo by Jeremy Mason McGraw
mountain lodge living room design
Photo by Jeremy Mason McGrawEntering the home’s great room is comparable to walking into a mountain lodge. Heavy use of natural materials is evident in the Douglas fir trusses and fireplace. An iron chandelier, elk head and brown-and-red color palette continue the rustic theme. Completing the space, an antique blacksmith bellows serves as a one-of-a-kind coffee table.
old world rustic kitchen design
Photo by Jeremy Mason McGrawBecause the homeowners love surrounding themselves with family and friends, it’s fitting that the room often referred to as the heart of the home would be designed for gathering. As satin-finish hardwood floors meander from the 54-inch gas range in the kitchen into the dining room, a granite-top island with golds and browns begs to be noticed. So does the tile backsplash above the stove, with its convenient pot-filler faucet that eliminates having to carry heavy pots of water from the sink. The pizza oven and fireplace are also one-of-a-kind. The fireplace opens to the outside for warming up after the sun goes down. Like the hardwood, a beamed ceiling is shared between the two rooms, inspiring a warm, intimate feeling throughout. A table carved from a sycamore tree has elbow room for 10 next to a trio of large windows with views to outdoor seating and the lake.
fireplace in kitchen
Photo by Jeremy Mason McGraw
custom woodwork in home
Photo by Jeremy Mason McGraw
round unique bathtub
Photo by Jeremy Mason McGrawLike in many other rooms in the home, this earthen retreat displays faux-finished walls. In here, a tobacco glaze was applied and then blotted off with rags, resulting in a worn, leather-like appearance. Beyond an arched doorway, glossy tiles reflect the light and offer an invitation into a secluded, round shower. The stone of a see-through fireplace shared with the master bedroom wraps around a naturally shaped, one-of-a-kind bathtub.
deep red bathroom design
Photo by Jeremy Mason McGrawIn the powder room, a custom vanity made using old piano legs combines practicality with the homeowners’ allegiance to their favorite sports team, the St. Louis Cardinals. A red countertop band, red sink, and red candlesticks are also a salute to the Redbirds.
hand painted mural in kids bedroom
Photo by Jeremy Mason McGrawEven adults marvel at this kid-friendly mural inspired by the classic C.S. Lewis book series The Chronicles of Narnia. Each story continues the tale of four siblings who find themselves in a magical land after crawling into a wardrobe during a game of hide and seek. Curved walls depict characters and scenes from the story as they lead to the grandchildren’s suites. Stuffed animals bring the adventure to life and make it a fun spot to rest.

Old World Meets New World Resource Listings:

BUILDER
Jay Krause
Krause Construction
Kimberling City
417-739-5480

CUSTOM HOME DESIGNER, PLANS, ELECTRICAL
Ron Hill
Euro World Design 
1929 Tanglewood Lane, Nixa
417-581-6057

INTERIOR DESIGNER
Emily McKee
Euro World Design
1929 Tanglewood Lane, Nixa
417-581-6057

ELECTRICAL
The Lighthouse Gallery
4113 S. National Ave., Springfield
417-889-1088

PLUMBING
Southern Materials Company
3358 E. Division St., Springfield
417-865-2822

CABINETS, HARDWARE
Alpine Wood Products
614 W. Jonathon Dr., Marionville
417-258-2584

COUNTERTOPS
Solid Surface Designs
233 Lambeth Rd., Billings
417-258-2787

DOORS/WINDOWS
Alpine Wood Products
614 W. Jonathon Dr., Marionville
417-258-2584

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

CARPET
Stoneridge Flooring Design
16838 State Hwy. 13, Reeds Spring
417-272-8155

STONE/TILE
Fraley Masonry
2726 N. Biagio, Ozark
417-582-1715

Mussino Tile
3045 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield
417-889-8453

WOOD FLOORS
Heartwood Lumber
6701 Selmore Rd., Ozark
417-443-2322

CUSTOM WOODWORK
Wood Merchant
Rick Braun
49 West Hwy. 86, Lampe
417-779-5324

CUSTOM PAINT WORK
Mark McCauley
Lampe, 417-337-1868

APPLIANCES
Metro Appliances and More
3252 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield
417-833-1113

ARCHITECTURAL MOLDINGS
Alpine Wood Products
614 W. Jonathon Dr., Marionville, 
417-258-2584

Ozark Timberframe
12425 S. 425 Rd., El Dorado Springs
417-278-3320

The English Manor

Overlooking an Ozarks prairie, this six-bedroom, five-bathroom custom-built home boasts clean lines and a modern color palette.


Category: More than $1 Million (tie) | Homeowners: Anonymous | Winning Builder: Rick Ramsey, Ramsey Building Company 201 N. Main St., Nixa, 417-725-5545 | Photographer: James Maidhof
recessed box ceiling in contemporary living room design
Photo by James MaidhofWhat at first glance may appear to be a framed photograph of burning embers is actually a working fireplace, installed to add a bit of coziness and modern flair to this gathering space. Other elements of visual interest include the recessed box ceiling and end tables with circular cutouts, which mimic elements of the contemporary artwork flanking the fireplace. Individual 2-foot-by-4-foot floor tiles give the illusion of one large piece of stone.

When Rick Ramsey was in kindergarten, he loved to stack blocks. He also loved helping his parents as they built his childhood home. Sometimes, he’d discover scrap materials around the site and use them to make things. 

Fast forward to today, and you’ll find Ramsey at the helm of his own construction company, using skills he developed at a very young age to handcraft quality homes that reflect his clients’ characters and lifestyles.

“I started building rental homes 19 years ago and had several people inquire about buying them,” Ramsey says. “I started selling some and keeping some and honed my skills with smaller homes until I worked my way up into the custom market.”

Ramsey Building Company, established in 1995, engineers one-of-a-kind, made-to-order homes in many of southwest Missouri’s most prominent communities. 

Two years ago, Ramsey was commissioned to build a 12,000-square-foot English manor in east Springfield, one of his largest projects to date. The opulent plans were an exciting challenge, and he was eager to take on the job

“I enjoy the challenge of coming up with new ideas, finding the products and craftsmen to bring those ideas to life, and then putting it all together for a seamless finished package,” Ramsey says.

Last June, Ramsey handed over the keys to a stunning six-bedroom, five-bathroom house situated on a ridge overlooking miles of Ozarks prairie. In addition to clean lines and a neutral color palette throughout, walls of windows welcome natural light and call attention to the owners’ simple and classic aesthetic. 

Despite the estate’s grandeur, a sense of comfort is not lost, nor is Ramsey’s commitment to quality workmanship. “I strive to ensure that my clients are at ease with the process and enjoy their home-building experience,” he says.—Jennifer Adamson

in ground backyard pool
Photo by James MaidhofTrue slate, reclaimed bricks and aged copper were used to create a stately and striking appearance. Cast stone around the front door and windows lighten the design, grounded with a simple border of boxwoods. Around back, the family can lounge on faux wicker patio furniture, swim to the edge of an infinity pool, or gather for dinner at an outdoor table. A hot tub and fire pit make entertaining on chilly nights possible and enjoyable.
masculine bar design
Photo by James MaidhofLeather stools with studded backs and earth tones throughout the bar generate a sense of masculinity in this space, but a flat-screen television and game tables keep things playful. The brightness of recessed and LED pendant lighting, reflected in the glossy onyx bar top, balances rich-colored shelving used to store glassware, bottle openers, and other odds and ends. Beer on tap and a full under-the-counter fridge eliminate trips to the kitchen when the big game is in overtime.
natural light in living room
Photo by James MaidhofFrom the moment guests walk through the front door, a 25-foot ceiling and three-story windows command admiration. Overwhelming natural light and a calm color palette keep the spot bright, while a vintage-looking chandelier and wall sconces provide supplemental lighting on dark days. For a splash of color, two plush blue wingback chairs pick up turquoise tones in the pool, which can be seen outside. Comfortable sofas accented with blue throw pillows provide ample seating and help tie the space together.
deep brown tones in bathroom
Photo by James MaidhofInspiration for this space came from the homeowners’ love of the deep brown tones of African Wenge wood. A less commonly chosen but durable option for flooring, this variety was also used as a band around the sunken tub, which overlooks backyard acreage. The wood’s stark contrast to light gray walls combined with the sleek design of a floor-to-ceiling shower, dual vanities and a makeup nook gives the room a contemporary vibe.
barrel ceiling in bedroom
Photo by James MaidhofA barrel-shaped ceiling sets this room apart from every other room in the house. Its rounded corners and those of the door frame leading to a master sitting area are repeated in the curvature of a sleigh bed and leather-wrapped side table. A wall of windows banishes the gloom that might otherwise be associated with gray and brings the outside in, even though the outside is just a few steps away on a private deck.
black and white gothic kitchen design
Photo by James MaidhofBuilt for entertaining a large extended family, the kitchen was designed with two sinks, ovens, refrigerators, and dishwashers and counter space all around. Multi-paned, Gothic-style windows that come to a slight point at the top maintain the home’s English-manor architecture, while large floor tiles and a modern ceiling, both details repeated from the hearth room, keep the home’s design consistent.
girly bedroom design
Photo by James MaidhofBelonging to one of the homeowners’ six children, this girly bedroom is slightly elevated above the rest of the second level and has its own small stairway entry. Dark trim and framing around the windows compliment Brazilian cherry hardwood and draw the eye across the outside vista and pool below. The pendant light above the bed splashes a geometric pattern across the purple walls and casts a magical glow throughout the room, especially at night.

The English Manor Resource Listings:

BUILDER
Rick Ramsey
Ramsey Building Company
201 N. Main St., Nixa
417-725-5545

DESIGNER
A. Deckard Interiors
411-D Northview Rd., Nixa
417-831-9300

PLANS
J.L. Thompson Design Group
966 Bear Creek Rd., Walnut Shade
417-230-2524

ELECTRICAL
Davis Electric
1615 N. State Hwy. CC, Nixa
417-725-9205

PLUMBING
Harry Cooper Supply
605 N. Sherman Pkwy., Springfield
417-865-3777

Precision Plumbing
806 Heritage Rd., Strafford
417-840-4926

HVAC
Long Heating and Cooling
1301 S. Third St., Ozark
417-581-8138

CABINETS
Cabinet Concepts by Design
4123 N. State Hwy. H, Springfield
417-725-3400

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

Advanced Welding & Ornamental Iron
651 S. Kansas Ave., Springfield
417-886-8032

HARDWARE
National Home Products
2726 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield
417-731-3220

DOORS/WINDOWS
Meek’s
735 N. Massey Blvd., Nixa,
417-725-2725

CARPET, STONE/TILE, WOOD FLOOR
Midwest Rug
911 W. Sunshine St., Springfield
417-869-3030

CUSTOM WOODWORK
Tru Construction
810 N. Lexington Ave., Springfield
417-689-6593

DECORATIVE PAINT CONTRACTOR
Wonder-Faux Finishes
2350 W. Auburn St., Bolivar
417-326-8743

APPLIANCES
Jacobsen Appliances
713 S. Jefferson Ave., Lebanon
417-532-7152

GARAGE DOORS
Renner Supply
3252 N. Glenstone Ave.
Suite B100, Springfield
417-833-1201

LANDSCAPING
Vox Landscape Design
Springfield
417-868-8278

Elite Outdoor Innovations
2733 E. Battlefield St., #152, Springfield
417-885-9898

ARCHITECTURAL MOLDINGS
Stone Legends of Texas
301 Pleasant Dr., Dallas, Texas
214-398-1199

Beauty in the Details

With a beautiful free-flowing floor plan and several outdoor living areas, this dream home is the ultimate spot for entertaining.


Category: $750,000 to $1 Million | Homeowners: Anonymous | Winning Builder: Adrian Rhoads,
Rhoads Design & Construction, 1435 S. Enterprise Ave., Springfield, 417-889-6000 | Photographer: Randy Colwell
Bright and airy living room design
Photo by Randy ColwellSitting adjacent to the kitchen, the living room has a custom stone fireplace that stretches from the ceiling all the way to the lower level. The room features a custom coffered ceiling and many large windows, which offer great views of the home’s wooded surroundings.

In addition to custom-designed common living areas, this home was created to include multiple living spaces and entertaining zones. “The homeowners wanted different areas to entertain based on function,” says custom builder and home designer Adrian Rhoads of Rhoads Design & Construction. “They also wanted an open floor plan.”

With these goals in mind, Adrian Rhoads and his team got to work designing and building this ultimate four-bedroom, three-bathroom dream home that’s complete with a free-flowing living room and kitchen area, a basement with a wet bar and a dream-worthy outdoor space that includes two large screened-in porches, a beautiful covered deck, a concrete patio and an outdoor fire pit. “During the design process, we really focused on how the space would flow during an event, like a dinner party,”  Rhoads says.  “We kept in mind how it would flow from the inside to the outside.” 

To capitalize on the home’s open feel, the structure of the house was intentionally designed with steel beams, engineered I-joists and roof trusses, which not only minimized material costs and environmental impact but also allowed for the desired open floor plan to exist without the need for exposed beams or columns. And the interior’s open spaces are further emphasized by large window openings throughout the house, most of which provide views to the tranquil wooded surroundings. 

As for the exterior, the homeowners wanted to hint at an Old World style. Rhoads and his team successfully achieved this look by using a combination of brick, real stone and tasteful copper detailing. Now that it’s complete, the home proves to be the perfect place for both living and entertaining, which is exactly what the homeowners wanted from day one. “With any home we build, we try to really focus on partnering with the clients and working very closely with them,” Rhoads says. “That relationship is very important to us. The success of the project is often a result of that relationship."—Savannah Waszczuk 

Photo by Randy Colwell
bright geometric kitchen design
Photo by Randy ColwellThe kitchen features quartz countertops, a custom-fabricated stainless-steel hood vent, LED accent lighting and a non-traditional patterned backsplash made of ceramic tile. White oak flooring flows throughout the kitchen and much of the main level, and a furniture-style island acts as the perfect anchor to the well-designed room. The space is extended with coffered ceilings, which are found in many rooms throughout the home.
bright dining room with natural light
Photo by Randy ColwellTwo hand-crafted light fixtures with specialty blown glass hang above the dining room table, and gorgeous built-in millwork completes the room’s wet bar area. Large windows offer great views of the outdoors, and a pair of double doors opens to a large screened-in porch.
gray bathroom design
Photo by Randy ColwellThe home’s guest bath was dressed with tile, open cabinetry and non-traditional sink basins to give it an edge. “We put a spin on the everyday materials in here to provide a bit of richness,” Rhoads says.
basement design
Photo by Randy ColwellThe basement features a free-flowing living area and a wet bar with a back-lit wine rack and a floating island. A sculpture made of branches and milled wood from a large white oak tree that was removed from the property during excavation hangs behind the sink. “We like to give each of our clients some sort of gift when we build their home,” Rhoads says. “We created that piece for their gift.”
wet bar design
Photo by Randy ColwellThe bar in the basement features a floating island that’s elevated from the floor on two steel posts. Rather than choosing granite, quartz or another common material for the countertop, they chose copper, which was then heated to create a one-of-a-kind design.
grand entrance design
Photo by Randy ColwellA pair of 9-foot entry doors provides for a grand entrance to the home, which was carefully designed to include a wall long enough to house one of the homeowner’s favorite antique pieces. The space flows into the living room area, and an office sits just to the left.
outdoor fire pit
Photo by Randy ColwellA fire pit sits on the concrete patio outside of the basement area. Perfect for cozying up with family or hosting guests, the space is the perfect addition to the outdoor entertaining area.

Beauty in the Details Resource Listings:

BUILDER, DESIGNER, PLANS, CUSTOM WOODWORK
Rhoads Design & Construction
PO Box 14021, Springfield
417-889-6000

INTERIOR DESIGNER
Brooke Cinalli
bcDESIGNGROUP
417-693-4002

ELECTRICAL
J&J Lighting & Electrical
333 S. Union, Springfield
417-869-8100

PLUMBING
Draper Plumbing
Ozark
417-844-7501

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

CABINETS
Buchholz Custom Woodworks
1410 Taylor St., Aurora
417-846-5189

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

HARDWARE
National Home Products
2726 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield
417-731-3220

DOORS/WINDOWS
Meek’s
1551 Mount Vernon St., Springfield
417-862-9287

CARPET, STONE
The Carpet Shoppe
1827 E. Seminole, Springfield
417-883-6455

WOOD FLOORS
Bold Wood Floors
22129 Lawrence, Aurora
417-224-3692

DECORATIVE PAINT CONTRACTOR
B Precision Painting
2173 N. Farm Road 81,Springfield
417-827-1415

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

GARAGE DOORS
Overhead Door Company
707 N. Grant Avenue, Springfield
417-862-8332

LANDSCAPING
Myron Royce Gardens
430 Shady Oaks Dr., Ozark
417-443-2648

ARCHITECTURAL MOLDINGS
The Millwork Shoppe
2115 N. Sports Complex Lane, Nixa
417-725-5220

Built to Perfection

With an appropriate blend of tasteful woodwork and contemporary accents, this custom-built home boasts an eclectic style of its own.


Category: $500,000–750,000 | Homeowners: Anonymous | Winning Builder: Adrian Rhoads, Rhoads Design & Construction, 1435 S. Enterprise Ave., Springfield, 417-889-6000 | Photographer: Randy Colwell
Modern living room design
Photo by Randy ColwellThe main floor features 9-foot ceilings, as well as large vaulted ceilings to the second floor. Oversized base boards and other trim detailing were used to help bring the space to scale. An exposed post-and-beam structural system allows the main living area to extend vertically up to the second floor.

Adrian Rhoads and his team worked hard to design and build this home in a way that would best take advantage of its open country setting. Sitting just west of Springfield on 10 acres, the house is carefully positioned to not only take in the best surrounding scenic views but also absorb the most sunlight. “A lot of times, you’ll have a lot that only has one spot where the home can really sit,” Rhoads says. “That wasn’t the case this time.” 

The four bedroom, four-and-a-half bath house features low-pitched roofs and an inset second floor, which helps with energy efficiency. The floor plan is open and free-flowing, featuring an exposed Douglas fir post-and-beam structural system that allows it to extend vertically from the main living area to the second floor. “The kitchen sits in between two large openings, and together it’s open, light and airy,” Rhoads says. And the flow is further enhanced through the clerestory windows and an integrated catwalk that connects each end of the second floor to the staircase. 

Two sets of barn doors fabricated from reclaimed wood highlight the recreation room, which sits near the main living area. “Now, it’s more and more common that people want their homes to be the chosen hangout spot for their kids and their friends,” Rhoads says. “This room was designed with that in mind.” The barn doors also allow efficient circulation into the adjacent living space, and they provide the option for privacy. “This room was also designed to be a support space for a possible future pool,” Rhoads says. “When designing and building, we try to think outside of immediate needs. Since the homeowners may add a pool one day, we made a space that would lend itself to that.” The space offers a wet bar and bathroom, and it’s directly accessible to the exterior. Topping off the gorgeous house is a dream-worthy outdoor space that includes a large screened porch with a stone fireplace, a covered walkway, a covered front porch and concrete patios for entertaining.—Savannah Waszczuk

home exterior at night
Photo by Randy ColwellThis custom-built home is located on a 10-acre country lot west of Springfield. The exterior features cement board siding and is finished with cultured stone. While timber beams typically add a rustic touch, they were combined with other materials on this home to help create a contemporary feel.
sliding barn doors in the home
Photo by Randy ColwellA recreation room sits near the mudroom and just off the kitchen, acting as an extension of the main living area. With one quick slide, a pair of barn doors fabricated from reclaimed wood can turn the room into a private retreat for the homeowners’ children.
reclaimed wood bathroom
Photo by Randy ColwellAs a gift to the homeowners, Rhoads and his team lined a wall in the powder bath with the same reclaimed wood that was used to created the sliding barn doors. The vanity is also lined in this reclaimed wood, which adds a rustic touch to the otherwise contemporary home.
living room with natural light
Photo by Randy ColwellThe living room features 6-foot windows, and an 8-foot door sits in the nearby kitchen. While most of the furniture in the home is cozy and comfortable, select items, like the coffee table, give the space a slight industrial edge.
white bright kitchen design
Photo by Randy ColwellPainted wood car siding lines the kitchen ceiling, and a granite-topped wood island and custom white cabinetry add a contemporary feeling to the space.
modern industrial barn living room design
Photo by Randy ColwellA wood-grain tile runs throughout much of the main level and offers easy maintenance for the home’s most heavily trafficked areas. A contemporary horizontal steel railing allows transparency through the home’s catwalk and follows a path down the stairs, which are carpeted to help with noise and provide a transition to the more private second floor. Helping complete the look, a wood cap and beam work add warmth to the otherwise contemporary space. “I like these beams because they are truly structural, and the natural splitting and checking of the wood adds additional character,” Rhoads says.
blue master bathroom
Photo by Randy ColwellThe bathroom features a his and hers vanity and a wet room, which features a shower with multiple showerheads and a jetted tub. The alder cabinetry is topped with a beautiful cultured marble, and the shower is accented with a high-end tile.

Built to Perfection Resource Listings:

BUILDER, DESIGNER, PLANS, AND CUSTOM WOODWORK
Rhoads Design & Construction
1435 S. Enterprise Ave., Springfield
417-889-6000

ELECTRICAL
J&J Lighting & Electrical
333 S. Union, Springfield
417-869-8100

PLUMBING
Draper Plumbing
Ozark
417-844-7501

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

CABINETS
Buchholz Custom Woodworks
1410 Taylor St., Aurora
417-846-5189

COUNTERTOPS
Taylor Marble
1660 Skyline Ave., Ozark
417-581-6888

HARDWARE
National Home Products
2726 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield
417-731-3220

DOORS/WINDOWS
Meek’s
1551 Mount Vernon St., Springfield
417-862-9287

CARPET, STONE
The Carpet Shoppe
1827 E. Seminole, Springfield
417-883-6455

PAINT/PAINTERS/DECORATIVE PAINT CONTRACTOR
B Precision Painting
2173 N. Farm Road 81, Springfield
417-827-1415

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

GARAGE DOORS
Overhead Door Company
707 N. Grant Avenue, Springfield
417-862-8332

LANDSCAPING
Trimworks
3328 E. Linwood, Springfield
417-840-0282

ARCHITECTURAL MOLDINGS
The Millwork Shoppe
2115 N. Sports Complex Lane, Nixa
417-725-5220

Moving On Up

With a classic Old World Style and many rustic touches, this 3,130-square-foot home is perfect for the Williams family.


Category: $500,000 or less | Homeowners: Doug & Diane Williams | Winning Builder: Rusty MacLachlan, J. Russell MacLachlan, Custom Homes4731 S. Turnberry Ave., Springfield, 417-838-9645 | Photographer: Jeremy Mason McGraw
old world kitchen design
Photo by Jeremy Mason McGrawThe custom kitchen features a granite-topped arched island, a custom range hood and beautiful glazed cabinetry. The beams lining the ceiling and the finish on the island add some rich tones to the space, and the adjacent hearth area provides a cozy spot for conversation. The entire area is tastefully dressed with warm, inviting décor, which was carefully chosen to bring the space to life. “Diane worked with my wife, Julie, to tie the décor together in the home,” MacLachlan says.

When Doug and Diane Williams were ready to build their retirement home, they turned to Rusty MacLachlan of J. Russell MacLachlan Custom Homes. The couple has known MacLachlan for many years, and although they built homes themselves in the Joplin area, Doug always told MacLachlan he would have him build his house one day. “They had dreamed and planned for quite some time,” MacLachlan says. “They wanted it to be the nicest home they’ve ever lived in.” 

MacLachlan acted as both the designer and builder for the home, starting with an initial sit-down meeting where the clients expressed they wanted a home that would be timeless, practical and a sound investment. The Williams were after a home with an Old World look, and Doug had several wishes, including a heated shop and a man cave. MacLachlan was able to meet all their needs, creating a 3,130-square-foot dream home with four bedrooms, a bonus bedroom and bathroom, a man cave and a heated and cooled wood shop connected to the three-car garage. And as with many spaces, the beauty is in the details at this house, which features high-end custom-built cabinetry, vanities and bookcases, wood closet shelving, mortise and tenon beams, a custom-designed doorless walk-in tile shower, custom landscaping, custom copper roof vents and finials and much more. “This project is what can and should happen when builders and homeowners communicate open and honestly with each other,” MacLachlan says. “The Williams were open about their budget and prioritized what they wanted in their home. Their openness and willingness to look at all options objectively allowed us to provide them with nearly everything they wanted.”—Savannah Waszczuk

stone home exterior
Photo by Jeremy Mason McGrawDoug was very hands on when it came to the home’s exterior,” MacLachlan says. Doug chose the rich colors used on the exterior, and he also weighed in on the home’s shutter size, stone and brick. The house is topped with architectural-cut shingles by Tamko, and a fully irrigated and sodded lawn with custom landscaping give it truly gorgeous curb appeal.
guest bedroom with built in reading area
Photo by Jeremy Mason McGrawThe guest bedroom features a window seat and built-in custom cabinetry by Cabinet Concepts by Design. “Diane wanted a place where her grandkids could sit and read a book, and she also wanted storage for all of their toys, which is why we built that window seat,” MacLachlan says.
old world design custom archways
Photo by Jeremy Mason McGrawThe large window in the dining room offers a view to the front of the home. The house features ceilings that stretch to 9 feet tall in many areas, with other areas being even taller. But it’s brought to scale with several architectural elements, including custom archways. “We included several archways with bull-nosed edging,” MacLachlan says. The hand-textured, glazed walls add richness to the space, and the oversized base trim adds a sense of elegance.
her and her master bathroom
Photo by Jeremy Mason McGrawThe master bathroom features a doorless walk-in shower, and a pass-through between the vanity area and the tub allows light to freely flow through the space. Granite countertops and a beautiful tile backsplash bring life to the his-and-her vanity, and custom cabinetry with an aged finish provides an abundance of storage in the space. The connected bedroom opens to a large laundry room, which is a very useful feature for the homeowners.
wooden beams on ceiling
Photo by Jeremy Mason McGrawThe living room features a floor-to-ceiling stone and brick fireplace and hand-scraped hickory floors, which stretch throughout much of the home’s main level.

Moving on Up Resource Listings:

BUILDER, PLANS
Rusty MacLachlan
J. Russell MacLachlan Custom Homes
4735 S. Turnberry Ave., Springfield
417-838-9645

DESIGNER
Julie MacLachlan
J. Russell MacLachlan Custom Homes
4735 S. Turnberry Ave., Springfield
417-838-9645

ELECTRICAL
Doug Chamberlain
Springfield
417-593-0827

PLUMBING
Farr Better Plumbing
Republic
417-864-8703

HVAC
Skaggs Heating & Cooling
4347 W. Calhoun St., Springfeild
417-831-6606

CABINETS
Cabinet Concepts by Design
4123 State Hwy. H, Springfield
417-725-3400

COUNTERTOPS
Solid Surface Designs, Inc.
233 County Road 60-8C, Billings
417-258-2787

HARDWARE
National Home Products
2726 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield
417-731-3220

DOORS AND WINDOWS
Meek’s
1551 Mount Vernon St., Springfield
417-862-9287

CARPET, STONE, TILE
The Carpet Shoppe
1827 E. Seminole, Springfield
417-883-6455

WOOD FLOORS
Vermillion Flooring
1207 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield
417-862-3785

CUSTOM WOODWORK
J&M Custom Woodworking
1339 Hawthorne Rd., Highlandville
417-839-7148

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

GARAGE DOORS
Renner Supply Company
3252 N. Glenstone Ave. B100, Springfield
417-833-1201

LANDSCAPING
Greenside Up, LLC
Rogersville
417-753-7227

Fischer Final Grading
Springfield, 417-839-4988

ARCHITECTURAL MOLDINGS
The Millwork Shoppe
2115 N. Sports Complex Lane, Nixa
417-725-5220

Neighborhood Watch

Angie Mullings, broker/owner of Century 21 Integrity Group, dishes on some of 417-land’s most booming neighborhoods. While many of the areas were originally developed in the mid-2000s, they are now seeing increased construction activity.  

Clover Hill Estates, Battlefield
Located directly west of Springfield, the city of Battlefield is booming with construction and is particularly popular for first-time home buyers. Clover Hill Estates features a variety of all-brick homes, with ranch homes from $180,000 to finished walk-out basement homes from $240,000. The homes are located in the Republic School District. 

Kelby Creek, Nixa
Located south of Nixa, Kelby Creek boasts a picturesque setting and upscale comfort. The neighborhood features larger lots, and homes currently under construction start at $240,000. The community currently boasts a clubhouse that overlooks lakes and waterfalls, illuminated fountains, landscaped grounds and a swimming pool. 

Ruskin Heights, East Springfield
Conveniently located just east of the intersection of Highway 65 and Battlefield, this neighborhood features many basement homes and lots that will accommodate basement homes. It sits near the new 36-acre Jack Henry campus and is just down the road from Dan Kinney Park. Prices range from $350,000 to $450,000.

The estates at Summit Ridge, East Springfield
Pairing privacy with convenience, The Estates at Summit Ridge features 24 lots that range in size from 3 to 11 acres. Homes feature gated entrances, paved private drives, lush landscaping and underground utilities. Lots start in the $190,000 price range.

Vintage Hills, West Springfield
Homes in this neighborhood currently start in the $175,000 price range. It is located near Rutledge-Wilson farm, plus shopping and walking trails. Amenities include a clubhouse, a zero-entry waterfall pool and a basketball court. These homes have Springfield addresses, but they are located in the Willard School District.

Creek Bridge, Ozark
New construction homes in this neighborhood start in the low $180,000s. Located just off Highway 14 and U.S. 65, the neighborhood boasts an ideal location and isn’t far from downtown Ozark. Residents enjoy a variety of amenities, including a pool and a playground.



What's On Trend

The winning custom home builders and designers share a few on-trend ideas and tips to consider in your custom home build.

A lot of people are having fun and mixing up the wood species throughout the home. The variety of looks add to the charm and personality of the space.—Rick Ramsey, Ramsey Building Company

We build a lot of curved islands in kitchens. This is a better choice for creating a friendly conversation area.—Adrian Rhoads, Rhoads Design & Construction

We are doing our best to move dining rooms from the front of the house and bring them into the main living area.—Ron Hill, Euro World Design

We are adding more and more black doors to homes. Solid-core wood doors that are painted black add a nice, unexpected look, especially to homes with a lot of brown. They make the trim pop.—Rusty MacLaughlin, J. Russell MacLachlan Custom Homes

We are seeing more covered decks and porches for living and entertaining areas off the main level, as opposed to multi-flights of stairs to a lower walk-out area.—Jay Krause, Krause Construction

Quartz countertops remain a top pick. They are environmentally friendly, non-porous, which gives them antibacterial qualities, and extremely low-maintenance.—Adrian Rhoads, Rhoads Design & Construction

A lot of people are making their large walk-in closets in the master bedroom accessible to the laundry room. It’s a very user-friendly approach to building.—Rusty MacLaughlin, J. Russell MacLachlan Custom Homes

The top lake style right now is the heavy wood and stone lodge look with open rooms and abundant glass for maximum views.—Jay Krause, Krause Construction

It’s important to plan now to save later. Invest in the infrastructure of your home for long-term energy efficiency, such as the insulation, heating and cooling system and windows.—Rick Ramsey, Ramsey Building Company

We have been working to incorporate larger prep pantries with things like baking stations, dishwashers, oven stacks and more into the design.—Ron Hill, Euro World Design