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Homes of the Year 2016

This year's homes of the year are more impressive than ever.

By Ren Bishop

Nov 2016

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Builders and designers from all over 417-land send in their best work for our annual Homes of the Year contest. Our region is full of beautiful homes showcasing their expertise. This year we sent the entries to be judged by members of the Home Builders Association of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri. They were impressed with the talent coming out of southwest Missouri, and you will be, too. Every year we get to see the best of the best, and this year is no exception. Turn the page to find breathtaking custom homes, modern materials and transformed spaces that anyone would love to come home to, and meet the builders who push the boundaries of creative home building. 

417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - $1 Million Plus Winner - Living Room
Photo by Randy ColwellA cozy seating area atop a five-story silo gives guests a front-row seat to the star of the silo: its views. Custom wraparound windows and fun furniture make this space truly one-of-a-kind.

COUNTRY CHARM WITH CITY GRANDEUR

More Than $1 Million Winner

This home by builder Rick Ramsey transforms traditional farm structures like a barn, a silo and a main house into one glamorous living space.


Category: $1,000,000 or more

Homeowners: Anonymous

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

Photographer: Randy Colwell



A modern lodge sits atop a hill overlooking a lake, flanked by a luxury pool. Fire pits blaze. Doors open, and eastern light shines on the 20,000-square-foot lodge. This Home of the Year is designed so that its owners will be so content they’ll never want to leave. And with three separate living spaces, why would anyone want to?

“It’s three houses in one, literally,” says home builder Rick Ramsey. “The whole idea was to make it look like an old barn was attached to a silo, which were added onto the main house. The homeowners and I worked together to get the exterior developed and designed to make each look like they were added on at different times.”

Each individual building flows into the next, with particular spaces defined throughout. Above the garage, there’s a bunk house featuring beds for up to 12 guests. In the great room, 24-foot ceilings tower over massive beams of reclaimed pine, and 17-foot-tall windows frame a lush backyard view. 

But the showstopper of the property is a five-story silo, which features different spaces for each level. The top floor serves as a majestic observatory with 360-degree views of rolling hills from one the highest points in 417-land. Throughout each room, corner and level, locally sourced materials are featured. Ramsey and the homeowners consulted two local rock pickers to find the perfect bedrock for the facade. An old walnut tree from the property was stripped and made into flooring for the owner’s office. Oak beams in the hearth room were made from a tree pushed over to make room for the house.

“I spent more time drawing ideas on napkins and on note paper during this project than I really can say,” Ramsey says. “There are so many areas that needed special features, and those details we came up with together. All those napkins made the home come alive.”



Worth the Cost

Builders open up about which home upgrades were well worth the expense.

This home was designed to be a retreat for the homeowners and their guests. To bring the outside in, one special feature opens the home up to endless entertaining possibilities. “The beautiful kitchen, they have these double doors that completely open up, and all of a sudden, the interior kitchen becomes an outdoor kitchen,” Ramsey says. “Plus, we have these pocket doors on the inside to keep the bugs out. It’s incredible.”

417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - $1 Million Plus Winner - Kitchen
Photo by Randy ColwellModern finishes meet rustic details in this expansive kitchen. An extra-long granite and quartz island provides extra entertaining counter space and seating. Rich, dark wood traditional cabinets are flanked by modern industrial cabinets, adding dimension and definition to the spaces in the large kitchen. “We chose to paint some and stain some, and that added some depth to the kitchen,” Ramsey says.
417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - $1 Million Plus Winner - Observatory Stairs
Photo by Randy ColwellThe top floor of the five-story silo offers a stunning panoramic view of the rolling Ozark hills. The spiral staircase that leads down through the silo is made with locally sourced materials, connecting the home to the nature that surrounds it.
417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - $1 Million Plus Winner - Loft Entryway
Photo by Randy ColwellThe curved loft entryway serves as a continuation of the mudroom and is the first floor of the silo. A curved, custom bench provides seating in the quaint space. “Trying to find anything that would fit on a radius wall like that would be a challenge, so there were a couple of levels [where] we built benches to provide extra seating,” says home builder Rick Ramsey.
417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - $1 Million Plus Winner - Great Room
Photo by Randy ColwellThe windows in this expansive great room are 17 feet in height. The natural light illuminates the 24-foot ceilings and massive reclaimed pine trusses below. Plush, comfortable seating in earth tones makes the room feel inviting, and a true wood-burning fireplace invites guests to stay awhile.
417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - $1 Million Plus Winner - Master Bedroom
Photo by Randy ColwellA calming retreat, the master bedroom and its neutral palette allow for custom details to take center stage. Reclaimed oak beams were sourced from oak trees pushed over during the construction of the house. Designer carpet with a modern texture and an all-wood platform bed are luxurious touches in the master suite.
417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - $1 Million Plus Winner - Master Bathroom
Photo by Randy ColwellThe master bathroom has plenty of room for the homeowners to get ready in the mornings, and continues the modern design scheme. Floating shelves are attached to reclaimed paver brick walls, and the bathroom also features floating vanities. The Reed glass linear tile pattern transitions smoothly into the open shower.
417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - $1 Million Plus Winner - Basement
Photo by Randy ColwellThe basement living spaces provides more room for family and friends to gather. A custom steel mantel gives a modern touch to the wood burning fireplace that features custom masonry and an iron branch decorative detail. This room also plays home to the fish family members, housed in a see-through aquarium.
417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - $1 Million Plus Winner - Outdoor Living
Photo by Randy ColwellThe back of this home, built by Rick Ramsey, was meant to be the ultimate entertaining and outdoor retreat. Tons of room allow for family nights and friend gatherings on chilly nights by the fire.
417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - $1 Million Plus Winner - Backyard
Photo by Randy ColwellOne major design element of the back facade was the addition of a collapsing door wall. “There’s a whole set of doors off the [basement] kitchen,” Ramsey says. “We collapse them, and that indoor kitchen turns into an outdoor kitchen. And I have double pocket doors on either side that you can shut and keep the bugs out.”
417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - $1 Million Plus Winner - Front Facade
Photo by Randy ColwellThe modern lodge was designed to look like three unique spaces combined in one: a barn, a main house and a silo combined over time. Rocks sourced from various parts of the Ozarks provided a base, and reclaimed wood beams from textile mills in the Carolinas provided the frame of the unique, grand home.
417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - $1 Million Plus Winner - Silo
Photo by Randy ColwellThe silo was designed to look like a standalone feature that was added to the main house and barn structures. “We had some landscaping done to try to berm the house,” Ramsey says. “You know with old farmhouses, they’d have a tree pop up next to the house and they wouldn’t cut it down? We wanted to make it look like that.”
417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - $1 Million Plus Winner - Pool
Photo by Randy ColwellModern luxury meets rustic charm to create this beautiful backyard oasis. “The pool was designed to have some of the features of a natural pond or lake to match the lodge feel of the house,” Ramsey says. “Our landscapers did a really great job making it look beautiful while using plants with natural color.”

Resource Listing: More Than $1 Million, Rick Ramsey Building Company



Designer: Me and My House, 3405 E. Battlefield, Suite 128, Springfield; 417-720-1291
Plans: Buxton Kubik Dodd Creative, 1435 E. Bradford Parkway, Suite 100; 417-890-5543
Electrical: Davis Electric, 1615 N. State Hwy. CC, Nixa; 417-725-9205
Plumbing Harry Cooper Supply Company, 605 N. Sherman Pkwy., Springfield; 417-865-8392
HVAC: Comfort Mechanical LLC, 6431 E. Ridgeline Drive, Springfield; 417-827-3422
Cabinets: Cabinet Concepts by Design, 4123 State Hwy. H, Springfield; 417-725-3400
Countertops: Ozark Mountain Granite & Tile Company, 6001 N. 21st St., Ozark; 417-581-4600
Hardware: National Home Products of Springfield, 2726 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield; 417-731-3220
Doors/Windows: Meek’s, Multiple 417-land locations
Carpet: Midwest Rug Company, 911 W. Sunshine St., Springfield; 417-869-3030
Stone/Tile: Midwest Rug Company, 911 W. Sunshine St., Springfield; 417-869-3030

Wood Floors: Ramsey Building Company, 201 N. Main St., Nixa; 417-725-5545
Custom Woodwork: Tru Construction; 417-689-6593
Paint/Painters/Decorative Paint Contractor: Wonder-Faux Finishes, P.O. Box 475, Bolivar; 417-298-0296
Appliances: Metro Appliances & More, 3252 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield; 417-833-1113
Garage Doors: Renner Supply, 3252 N. Glenstone Ave., Suite B-100, Springfield; 417-986-2306
Landscaping: Myron Royce Gardens, 430 Shady Oaks Drive, Ozark; 417-443-2648
Pool Company: Springfield Pool & Spa, 3117 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield; 417-883-8827
Furniture: Me and My House, 3405 E. Battlefield, Suite 128, Springfield; 417-720-1291
Architectural Moldings: Meek’s, Multiple 417-land locations
Lighting: The Light House Gallery, 4113 S. National Ave., Springfield; 417-889-1088
Audio/Visual: ForresterTech, 602 N. Boonville Ave., Springfield; 417-864-8324

TREND ALERT: The Next Big Thing

We asked the winners and builders behind this year’s Homes of the Year what the next big thing is to feature in your home. Get the scoop below.



“Shiplap is a thing I’ve been doing a lot of lately. We’ve installed it in several projects now as accent walls. I think shiplap is another way to add an accent wall, whether it is painted trim color or wall color; it adds a texture to the wall that breaks up the traditional drywall wall.”—Jason Bekebrede

“Contemporary is hot right now. Less is better. The fewer products and materials you introduce to a home, the better.”—Rick Ramsey


“We continue to see the advances in technology. We are starting to see more automation in homes. There are more players in the market, so we’re seeing automation becoming more economical. Automated lighting, audio/visual and HVAC are becoming more accessible and more available.”
—Adrian Rhoads

417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - $750,000 to $1 Million Winner - Kitchen
Photo by Starboard & Port CreativeThe modern farmhouse kitchen features a unique detail of the home: a curved copper hood fabricated by Advanced Metal Fabricators in Springfield. The kitchen hood was custom designed by Rhoads’s team and was mocked up on-site with the owner’s guidance to ensure that the proportions and curve were correct. A neutral color palette surrounding the hood makes the one-of-a-kind piece even more striking.

OPEN AIRY LIVING

$750,000 to $1 Million Winner

When the homeowners wanted a home with plenty of light and wide open spaces, they called in Adrian Rhoads and Susie Wieland to create this fresh and modern farmhouse.


Category: $750,000—$1,000,000

Homeowners: Anonymous

Winning Builder: Adrian Rhoads, Rhoads Design & Construction, 1435 S. Enterprise Ave., Springfield, 417-889-6000

Photographer: Starboard & Port Creative



More than 150 craftsmen, trade professionals, builders and designers worked to build this clean, modern farmhouse. Their work shines in every corner of the sleek but simple residence in east Springfield.

The exterior features a stunning white board and batton facade with a galvanized aluminum roof. The house was strategically placed in the back of the property to make use of the property’s views. To maximize impact, designer Susie Wieland of Wieland Studio LLC created outdoor living spaces on the home’s spacious front porch.

“It was a very different design process, creating that outdoor living space for the front of the house,” Wieland says. “The homeowner wanted a space to entertain that would feature that view, and it was a living space they knew they wanted.”

The homeowners were set on featuring specific views of the property in each space, so they strategically planned each room with its view in mind. The house is filled with natural light from the home’s oversized windows and doors. But each space is defined by a specific set of details, says builder Adrian Rhoads, owner of Rhoads Design & Construction. “I think the way all the details with the cabinetry, trim and stone come together, they help you realize you’re in each space,” he says. “But there aren’t any walls, so it keeps that open floor plan and allows the spaces to flow together at the same time.”

Creative uses with common materials helped reinforce unique spaces in the farmhouse. The material selection and installation of the cultured stone create a show-stopping accent wall in the great room surrounding the fireplace. Rough sawn wood planks, an unassuming building material, were whitewashed to serve as ceiling panels.

“They wanted a house that was very clean with light colors and white walls,” Wieland says. “She wanted everything to be very clean, no fussy details, no rustic finishes even though it was a farmhouse. We wanted to keep it very clean, and we did.”



Worth the Cost

Builders open up about which home upgrades were well worth the expense.

Oversized windows and doors throughout provide an abundance of natural light and were an investment in every room, says builder Adrian Rhoads of Rhoads Design & Construction. “Windows can be expensive, so it’s easy to reduce the quantity or size. But the natural light is by far worth the investment.”

417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - $750,000 to $1 Million Winner - Living Room
Photo by Starboard & Port CreativeLight cascades into the open-concept space from the room’s oversized windows. The height of the main living area sets it apart from the kitchen, which features lower ceilings. “The difference in height between the kitchen and the main living room helps to better define those spaces without putting up any walls,” Rhoads says. “Plus, lower ceilings help make the kitchen feel more intimate.”
417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - $750,000 to $1 Million Winner - Dining Room
Photo by Starboard & Port CreativeThe dining room sits right off the kitchen. The space was strategically placed to receive western light from the nearby double doors and windows. “By placing an awning over the western dining room doors, you get to experience some of that light without having it right on you,” Rhoads says.
417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - $750,000 to $1 Million Winner - Studio
Photo by Starboard & Port CreativeThe family wanted a multi-function space that could transition for a variety of activities. For play and exercise, the floor features a true sports hardwood floor. “That floor makes it a little bouncier and provides a little more give,” says Rhoads. “It’s made for yoga or ballet, but if you were dancing or jumping, it’s going to be easier on the ankles.”
417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - $750,000 to $1 Million Winner - Family Room
Photo by Starboard & Port CreativeA little less formal and a lot more cozy, the family room is designed with living in mind. “It’s a place where the kids can relax and still be close to the kitchen without being in the large, formal space of the living room,” Rhoads says.
417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - $750,000 to $1 Million Winner - Master Bedroom
Photo by Starboard & Port CreativeRough-sawn wood ceiling planks featured in the living room appear again in the master suite. The wood ceiling is one of the many features from the living room carried over in the master, including the cultured stone wall, stained wood floors and cool gray tones. A vaulted ceiling makes the space feel grand, but soft knit textiles, an upholstered chair and a tufted headboard add comfort.
417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - $750,000 to $1 Million Winner - Master Bathroom
Photo by Starboard & Port CreativeThe master bath features little details that make it feel luxurious. Locally sourced countertops from Willard fabricated by Phenix Marble Company add a unique element to the space. Custom fabricated design elements in the countertop were a special request from the homeowner. “All those little subtleties in the master bath, when you put them all together, it just creates a warmth to the home,” Rhoads says.
417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - $750,000 to $1 Million Winner - Kid's Room
Photo by Starboard & Port CreativeCustom beds with integrated cabinetry, electrical and lighting were designed and fabricated for the children living in this modern farmhouse. For flair, the kids each got to pick their own color for an accent wall. “The homeowners knew that the boys wanted to be in the same bedroom, but they still needed privacy,” says designer Susie Wieland. “So the beds and separate spaces provided that. Letting the boys pick out their favorite colors for accent walls allowed for some personalization.”
417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - $750,000 to $1 Million Winner - Boy's Bathroom
Photo by Starboard & Port CreativeDesigner Susie Wieland designed this bathroom for the two children to share with function and fun in mind. Tiles in the tile wall subtly vary in sizes and in pattern, creating a fun geometric detail in the sleek space. “Those little subtle changes, most people might not notice at first, but it makes the space feel good,” Rhoads says.
417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - $750,000 to $1 Million Winner - Back Patio
Photo by Starboard & Port CreativeThe back patio features intimate entertaining spaces. But at any time the family can bring the outside in with large, sliding double doors that create an enlarged opening. “With the double doors that open, you can almost make the interior living room an exterior space,” Rhoads says.
417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - $750,000 to $1 Million Winner - Front Porch
Photo by Starboard & Port CreativeThe owners wanted the main facade of their farmhouse to have a classic design and modern finishes. Clean white siding and a galvanized aluminum roof are reminiscent of century-old farmhouses. And like any good farmhouse, the front porch is a welcoming space. “The front porch has a lot of entertaining space, which was really important to the homeowners,” says builder Adrian Rhoads.

Resource Listing: $750,000 to $1 Million, Rhoads Design & Construction



Designer: Wieland Studio, LLC, 417-894-2666
Plans: Wieland Studio, LLC, 417-894-2666
Miller Engineering, P.C., 3827 S. Timbercreek Ave., Ste. A, Springfield; 417-866-6664
Electrical: J&J Lighting and Electrical Co., 333 S. Union Ave., Springfield; 417-869-8100
Plumbing: Draper Plumbing, 417-844-7501
Harry Cooper Supply Company, 605 N. Sherman Pkwy., Springfield; 417-865-8392
HVAC: Signature Home Comfort, 669 N. Miller Rd., Springfield; 417-862-3410
Cabinets: Buchholz Custom Woodworks, 21647 Lawrence 2230, Aurora; 417-846-5189
Countertops: Unique Tile, 1364 Kelly Ave., Nixa; 417-725-5515
Phenix Marble Company, 431 S. Jefferson Ave., Ste. 250, Springfield; 417-840-2281
Hardware: Hardware National Home Products, 2726 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield; 417-731-3220
Doors/Windows: Meek’s, multiple 417-land locations
Stone/Tile: The Carpet Shoppe, 1827 E. Seminole St., Springfield; 417-883-6455
Fraley Masonry, 2726 N. Biagio St., Ozark; 417-582-1715
Wood Floors: Bold Wood Floors, 22129 Lawrence 2210, Aurora; 417-678-4728
Custom Woodwork: Rhoads Design & Construction, 1435 S. Enterprise, Springfield; 417-889-6000

Custom Stairways: Mark Allen, 417-840-0087
Carpentry: Decker Building & Developing, 3658 State Highway 86, Lampe; 417-779-1254
Beams/Restored Wood Products: Buchholz Custom Woodworks, 21647 Lawrence 2230, Aurora; 417-846-5189
Paint/Painters/Decorative Painting: B Precision Painting, 417-827-1415
Wall Paper/Coverings: Covergirls Wallcoverings, 417-830-2124
Appliances: Metro Appliances & More, 3252 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield; 417-833-1113
Garage Doors: Overhead Door Company of Springfield, 707 N. Grant Ave., Springfield; 417-862-9339
Furniture: Ellecor Design & Gifts, 2144 E. Republic Road, Springfield; 417-720-2602
Architectural Moldings: The Millwork Shoppe, 2115 N. Sports Complex Lane, Nixa; 417-725-5220
Lighting: Wieland Studio, LLC, 417-894-2666
Audio/Visual: Teocalli Custom, 417-830-9345
Custom Metal Work: Advanced Metal Fabricators, Inc., 1050 E. Lynn St., Springfield; 417-873-9696
Specialty Products: American Glass, 2801 N. LeCompte, Springfield; 417-866-8361 
Maschino's, 1715 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield; 417-869-1513
Taylor Marble, 1660 Skyline Ave., Ozark; 417-581-6888

Q&A With Adrian Rhoads



417 Home:
When did you know you wanted to become a builder?
Adrian Rhoads: My background is actually in architecture. I left the architecture office to become a builder. As much as I loved the creativity and design of architecture, I really enjoyed being out on the job sites. I was blessed with an opportunity to do residential, and here we are.

417: What was your first job as a builder?
A.R.: I did a bathroom remodel for the Danceys in 2004. Hard to believe it was that many years ago.

417: What did you learn on that first job that you still use today?
A.R.: I learned how communication is key, and keeping everybody in the loop on a project is crucial. It’s still one of the hardest things to continually do.

417: How do you feel when you finish a project?
A.R.: I really don’t look back at a completed project and think of it as a “nice house.” When I think about it, I’m thinking about the family we built for and about how they have made it their home. Knowing the story and seeing them enjoy it, that’s what puts a smile on my face.

417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - $500,000 to $750,000 Winner - Living Room
Photo by Randy ColwellWarm tones, plush seating and a glowing fire give the living room a cozy feel. Oversized windows stand on their own, welcoming in the light from the home’s lush backyard. Floating shelves and custom cabinetry provide plenty of storage spaces to showcase family photos and personal mementos.

COMPLETELY CUSTOM

$500,000 to $750,000 Winner

After having lived in homes that were already built their whole lives, the Schallers decided to start from scratch and create the home of their dreams, and they turned to Jason Bekebrede to make those dreams a reality.


Category: $500,000—$750,000

Homeowners: Michael and Karen Schaller

Winning Builder:  Jason Bekebrede, Monticello Custom Homes & Remodeling, 835 E. Powell St., Springfield, 417-860-7873

Photographer: Randy Colwell



Michael and Karen Schaller had always owned houses that were built before they moved in. With their two daughters grown, the Schallers wanted to invest in a forever home that was traditional but featured custom elements just for them, says Jason Bekebrede, owner of Monticello Custom Homes and Remodeling.

“They wanted to move to more of a retirement house,” he says. “It’s not smaller than their previous home, but it’s all on one level, and it’s something more fitting to them. It was designed to be their dream house.”

The traditional home in Strafford features classic details: earth-toned colors, graceful arches and pillars, white cabinetry and rich wood floors. But its extra-special details make it extraordinary. Mike’s office features wrap-around cabinetry, custom built to match an antique desk from the early 1900s he found at Relics Antique Mall.

“Mike’s office is right off the front door, and it has glass doors, so you can see it right when you enter the home,” Bekebrede says. “It’s beautiful, and it makes a huge impact.”

Karen requested a special stone accent wall featuring shelving for votive candles in the dining room. Bekebrede guided the process, working to incorporate the shelves into the drywall. Masons worked with Bekebrede and Karen to ensure that the shelving was just right. For added richness in the home, a spacious master bath and shower featuring custom tile work made the space a retreat.

But all was designed to age in place, says Bekebrede. “We did a lot of things to make the house as energy efficient as possible, like adding foam insulation and adding a dehumidifier to keep humidity in the house between 40 and 55 percent,” he says. “But with the design of the house, we did three-foot doorways and tried to minimize the number of steps in from the garage. No matter if you’re 20 or 70, it’s more comfortable if your house temperature is regular and there are fewer stairs.”



Worth the Cost

Builders open up about which home upgrades were well worth the expense.

Homeowner Michael Schaller’s custom office was the splurge of the home, says builder Jason Bekebrede. He helped make Schaller's dream come to life. “It had a lot of woodwork, but Mike had always wanted a kind of shelf-wrapped office, so he was pretty dead-set on what he wanted. And this is what he wanted.”

417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - $500,000 to $750,000 Winner - Dining Room
Photo by Randy ColwellA truly custom feature of the home, the stone wall in the home’s dining room was specially requested by homeowner Karen Schaller. “She had a picture from something she had seen online, and that helped us get an idea of what she wanted,” Bekebrede says. Masons worked with Bekebrede and Karen to ensure that the custom stone shelving in the space featured just the right width to set a pillar candle.
417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - $500,000 to $750,000 Winner - Office
Photo by Randy ColwellHomeowner Michael Schaller had always dreamed of a home office with plenty of cabinetry and shelving. But when he discovered an antique desk a few years ago, he knew that when he built a house, it would be the focal point of his future home office. “We designed and built the office around Mike’s desk,” Bekebrede says. “He works from home, so we wanted to make a space that he would enjoy spending a lot of time in. I think we did that.”
417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - $500,000 to $750,000 Winner - Mudroom
Photo by Randy ColwellThe mudroom with a bench and hooks off the garage features a landing spot and storage area for shoes, bags and groceries for the homeowners. But a custom detail keeps any potential mess confined. “Glass with a privacy element was added to keep that area and its entrance private for the homeowners,” Bekebrede says.
417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - $500,000 to $750,000 Winner - Powder Bath
Photo by Randy ColwellWarm, creamy colors brighten up the powder bath. A low splash sink provides a modern touch to the traditional powder room, and a wooden vanity brings a traditional element to the small space. Metallic details in the light fixture and mirror bring a modern look, and greenery makes the space feel inviting.
417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - $500,000 to $750,000 Winner - Master Bath
Photo by Randy ColwellThe Schallers’ large master en suite is a retreat for the couple. The bathroom features a custom vanity, featuring rich, dark wooden cabinetry, granite countertops and modern light fixtures. Floating shelves above the custom tub deck provide a modern touch above the large soaker tub.
417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - $500,000 to $750,000 Winner - Custom Shower
Photo by Randy ColwellCustom tile is the star of the extra-large master bath. The homeowners picked a color scheme, and Missouri Tile helped the homeowners design the layout of the decorative area. The generous shower also features a window for extra natural light and a bench for increased usability and comfort for many years to come.
417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - $500,000 to $750,000 Winner - Exterior
Photo by Randy ColwellA multi-material front facade provides a dramatic first impression for guests at the Schaller Custom Home. Homeowner Karen Schaller worked with builder Jason Bekebrede of Monticello Custom Homes & Remodeling to pick the perfect shade of green for the house. “Throughout the process, she wanted a green house, and that’s what we ended up with,” says Bekebrede.

Resource Listing: $500,000 to $750,000, Monticello Custom Homes & Remodeling



Designer: Homeowner and Builder
Plans: Dale Peer - Home Design, Inc., 1200 E. Woodhurst Dr., K-100, Springfield; 417-889-3545
Electrical: J&J Lighting and Electrical Co,. 333 S. Union Ave., Springfield; 417-869-8100
Plumbing: J & J Plumbing & Heating Company, 1418 N. Park Ave., Springfield; 417-862-4729
HVAC: Symbiont Services, 501 E Mount Vernon St., Nixa; 417-443-1550
Cabinets: Cabinet Concepts by Design, 4123 State Hwy. H, Springfield; 417-725-3400
Countertops: Custom Granite & Tile LLC, 1445 W. Chestnut Expy., Springfield; 417-864-0999
Hardware: Meek’s, Multiple 417-land locations
Doors/Windows: Meek’s, Multiple 417-land locations
Carpet: The Carpet Shoppe, 1827 E. Seminole St., Springfield; 417-883-6455
Stone/Tile: Missouri Tile, 3045 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield; 417-889-8453
Wood Floors: Classic Wood Floors, 523 W. Plainview Rd., Springfield; 417-882-7666

Custom Woodwork: J&M Custom Carpentry Inc., 1339 Hawthorne Rd., Highlandville; 417-839-7148
Paint/Painters/Decorative Paint Contractor: Spectrum Paint, Multiple 417-land locations 
Don Evans Painting Co., 417-209-4401
Appliances: Metro Appliances & More, 3252 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield; 417-833-1113
Garage Doors: Brookline Doorworks, 308 W Lakewood St., Springfield; 417-883-3667
Landscaping: M&M Landscaping, 417-861-8141
Architectural Moldings: Meek’s, Multiple 417-land locations
Lighting: The Light House Gallery, 4113 S. National Ave., Springfield; 417-889-1088; 218 S. Commercial Ave., Branson; 417-334-2175
Audio/Visual: rAVe Design Services, 3200 N. State Highway NN, Ozark; 417-447-3344
Back Deck: Southern Supply, 3216 E Division St., Springfield; 417-866-3551
Other Suppliers: Screenmobile of the Ozarks, 1821 W. Sunset St., Springfield; 417-883-4114
Fraley Masonry 2726 N. Biagio, Ozark; 417-582-1715

Jason Bekebrede

Q&A With Jason Bekebrede



417 Home: Why did you want to become a builder?
Jason Bekebrede: I had always grown up around it. My grandpa was a builder at the Lake of the Ozarks, and other family had been in the industry a lot, so I grew up with a huge interest in it.

417: When was the first time you picked up a hammer?
J.B.: I was really little. My dad was always building furniture or doing something like that, so I was probably under 2 when I first started playing with a hammer.

417: Before you were a builder, what other careers did you pursue?
J.B.: I did some accounting, and I was actually an assistant golf pro at Millwood Golf and Racquet Club for a while. 

417: Those two industries are very different from building. How did those experiences impact you as a builder?
J.B.: On the accounting side, of course, the simple side of just understanding the books and seeing how financially a business is run. And with golf, the customer service side is key. You’re in front of people all the time, and I just learned how to be around people.

417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - Less than $500,000 Winner - Great Room
Photo by Randy ColwellRegardless of the home’s industrial aesthetic, the Ebbrechts wanted their home to be comfortable for their family of four. Oversized corner windows in the great room provide a window to the outdoors. Plush leather couches bring an air of coziness. And for an escape, a sliding door made of reclaimed beams provides privacy for the rooms behind it.

MOVING INTO MODERN

Less Than $500,000 Winner

Terry and Andrea Ebbrecht trusted Rick Ramsey to create this one-of-a-kind modern house with all of the warm accents and functional design to make it feel like home.


Category: Less than $500,000

Homeowners: Terry and Andrea Ebbrecht

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

Photographer: Randy Colwell



Corten metal, cinder block and stucco—and that’s just the facade of the house. The Ebbrecht Residence in Rogersville 

is an uncommon home. But that’s exactly how the family wanted it from the beginning, says builder Rick Ramsey, owner of Ramsey Building Company. 

“They came to the HBA Home Show and walked through my booth,” Ramsey says. “I waved hello but I didn’t get a chance to talk to them. They called me on Monday to set up an appointment. I ended up building their house and their parents’ house pretty much at the same time.”

During that first meeting, the Ebbrechts had a clear vision for what they wanted in their home: an industrial, modern design. They wanted something that stood out but would be functional for their lifestyle and their two kids.

“They like things really unique, really different,” Ramsey says. “It’s not overly large, and we spent most of our money in the areas that counted.”

To give that industrial feel, metallic elements were included throughout the home. With the steel I-beams in the living room and the hammered zinc countertop, sleekness carries throughout the house. To contrast it, splashes of bold color in fixtures and the use of wood warm up each room. Reclaimed wood flooring found from old factories sets a stage, and sliding wood doors made from a beam from a textile mill in the Carolinas are dueling points of interest in the living room.

The space looks modern and contemporary, with an open-concept floor plan featuring places to entertain and play. The home came to fruition with the keen oversight of Ramsey Building’s general manager Matt Foster.  

“We designed it to be quirky, and it is unusual,” Ramsey says. “It’s outside the box, but it flows really well. The floor plan is great. Sometimes people want to do a modern home, but it’s such a funky floor plan that it’s not even usable space. But that wasn’t the case here.”



Worth the Cost

Builders open up about which home upgrades were well worth the expense.

A special feature on the exterior of the Ebbrecht residence made the home shine—literally. “Corten was definitely a splurge for the house,” Ramsey says. “We only used it in this one place because it was so expensive, but it definitely makes an impact. It’ll have that rust color for a long time, but it’ll never corrode.”

417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - Less than $500,000 Winner - Entryway
Photo by Randy ColwellThe turquoise front door brings a splash of bold color to the home’s industrial-inspired entryway. A functional bench with complementing hooks flanks the front door, providing guests and the Ebbrecht kids a place to land. Reclaimed wood floors sourced from Illinois warm the space, and contemporary art with bright colors contrasts with the space’s soft, gray tones.
417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - Less than $500,000 Winner - Living Room
Photo by Randy ColwellA turquoise door welcomes guests into the home’s open great room. A variety of cool metals and warm wood grains create contrast, but the beauty lies in the details. Reclaimed beams from the Carolinas make up the oversized sliding barn door to separate spaces. A steel beam overhead serves as a functional but stylish accent in the industrial-inspired space.
417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - Less than $500,000 Winner - Kitchen
Photo by Randy ColwellOne of the true stars of the great room is the kitchen’s hammered zinc countertop. The custom piece by C&R Metal Works serves as the space's focal point. A metal hood and accents on a sliding barn door are eye-catching details, complementing the metallic theme of the kitchen. But a playful, bright backsplash and cherry red barstools bring whimsy and fun to the heart of the home.
417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - Less than $500,000 Winner - Master Suite
Photo by Randy ColwellLess is more in this master suite. Rich hardwood floors and luscious copper tones provide an air of luxury to the space. A simple headboard with metallic details complements the rich tones of a bold accent wall, while the copper in the full-length mirror brings a metallic detail to the space.
417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - Less than $500,000 Winner - Powder Bath
Photo by Randy ColwellThe Ebbrechts wanted a simple powder bath with a statement feature. The wood accent wall contrasts with its modern floating mirror, bringing the home’s bold style into the small space. A beveled gold sink with matching gold fixtures brings a touch of elegance to the room. A luminous gray wall makes the room feel airy with a prominent but modern light fixture to brighten the space.
417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - Less than $500,000 Winner - Front Door
Photo by Randy Colwell“Corten was definitely a splurge for the house,” Ramsey says. “We only used it in this one place because it was so expensive, but it definitely makes an impact. It’ll have that rust color for a long time, but it’ll never corrode.”
417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - Less than $500,000 Winner - Back Exterior
Photo by Randy ColwellThe walk-out basement meets a large slab of concrete in the Ebbrechts’ backyard. The extra-large flat surface was constructed with the family’s two kids in mind. “They wanted a place where they can play and entertain,” Ramsey says. “With all that flat surface, the possibilities are really endless for what they can do with it.”
417 Home - Homes of the Year 2016 - Less than $500,000 Winner - Exterior
Photo by Randy ColwellThe Ebbrechts knew they wanted a house that wasn’t typical. The home’s facade matches the home’s out-of-the-box, industrial design. A variety of high- and low-end materials make up the facade of the home. Cinder blocks and stucco make up the structure of the home, and corten, a metal that rusts but doesn’t corrode, shines in the light.

Resource Listing: Less than $500,000, Rick Ramsey Building Company



Plans: J.L. Thompson, 966 Bear Creek Road, Walnut Shade; 417-334-3582
Electrical: Davis Electric, 1615 N. State Hwy. CC, Nixa; 417-725-9205
Plumbing Harry Cooper Supply Company, 605 N. Sherman Pkwy., Springfield; 417-865-8392
Precision Plumbing 806 Heritage Road, Strafford; 417-840-4926
HVAC: Comfort Mechanical LLC, 6431 E. Ridgeline Drive, Springfield; 417-827-3422
Cabinets: Cabinet Concepts by Design, 4123 State Hwy. H, Springfield; 417-725-3400
Countertops: C&R Metal Works, 1342 N. Nias Ave., Springfield; 417-863-8801
Taylor Marble, 1660 Skyline Ave., Ozark; 417-581-6888
Hardware: National Home Products of Springfield, 2726 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield; 417-731-3220
Rustica Hardware, 1520 N. Main St., Springville, Utah; 1-800-891-8312
Doors/Windows: Meek’s, Multiple 417-land locations
Jamerson Doors 615 N. Rogers Ave., Springfield; 417-866-4033
Audio/Visual: Teocalli Custom, 417-830-9345

Carpet: Midwest Rug Company, 911 W. Sunshine St., Springfield; 417-869-3030
Stone/Tile: Midwest Rug Company, 911 W. Sunshine St., Springfield; 417-869-3030
Wood Floors: Midwest Rug Company, 911 W. Sunshine St., Springfield; 417-869-3030
Custom Woodwork: Tru Construction, 417-689-6593
Paint/Painters/Decorative Paint Contractor: Wonder-Faux Finishes, 417-298-0296
Appliances: Metro Appliances & More, 3252 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield; 417-833-1113
Garage Doors: Renner Supply Company, 3252 N. Glenstone Ave. Suite B-100, Springfield; 417-833-1201 3397 Old Route 5, Camdenton; 573-346-1020
Landscaping: Elite Outdoor Innovations, 5677 E Farm Rd. 170, Rogersville; 417-885-9898
Lighting: The Light House Gallery, 4113 S. National Ave., Springfield; 417-889-1088; 218 S. Commercial Ave., Branson; 417-334-2175

Rick Ramsey

Q&A With Rick Ramsey



Meet the Judges

This year we enlisted the help of members of the Home Builders Association of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri to judge the contest.


Mark W. Rasch

Mark W. Rasch 

BenchMark Custom Homes 
West County St. Louis, 314-503-7760

Mark W. Rasch is a 25-year veteran custom builder with deep experience building in St. Louis’s prime neighborhoods. He specializes in building Craftsman-style homes and is a long-standing member of the Home Builder’s Association, allowing him to stay up-to-date on the latest techniques, products and building trends. BenchMark Custom Homes provides new living with all the latest conveniences in established communities. 

Amie Riggs

Amie Riggs, CGR, CAPS 

Riggs Construction & Design
St. Louis, 314-821-7646

Amie Riggs is now the co-owner of Riggs Construction, after starting in 1996 and serving as office assistant, selections specialist, vice president and sales manager. Her experience in the family business makes her a trusted expert for overseeing sales, design, marketing and strategic vision for the company. As a life-long resident of Kirkwood, she serves the community on the Remodelers Council Steering Committee, among others, in the Home Builder’s Association.

Cindy Roeser

Cindy Roeser, CGP, CAPS 

Roeser Home Remodeling 
St. Louis, 314-822-0839

Cindy Roeser started her remodeling business with her husband, Joe, in 1985, and their company has continued to grow over the last 31 years. She has always had a love for design and appreciates all styles but identifies the most with Transitional. She and her husband joined the Remodelers Advantage Roundtables group to gain experience in the field and change the way they do business. Now, their daughter Brandi has joined the family business as a designer.