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Nowadays, almost everyone is dreaming of the perfect getaway. Something that mixes modern day amenities with a little slice of heaven seemingly hidden from the rest of the world. Enter this stunning prairie “Shouse” design build and you’re bound to start thinking about your own future escape!
When Lighthouse Construction was first approached by the future homeowner, the client shared his personal vision of creating a “Shouse” that would incorporate the dual aspects of both a house and a shed. And by placing the collective talents of Mike Lovelace/Lighthouse project manager, Anna Fast/Designer and Anthony Boehm/Sales Associate together, a “Shouse” was born!
“He shared three design guidelines with us”, said Boehm. “No drywall on the walls, blue was his favorite color (Big Indianapolis Colds fan) and he wanted to create a bachelor pad that would be ideal for hosting both friends and family”.
Keeping these goals in mind, the builder was able to successfully bring the homeowner’s vision to life. “We combined elements of a modern industrial Loft with a rustic cabin to create a space that is both edgy and homey at the same time,” shared Boehm.
The modern features found in the home include the slab cabinet doors, painted white millwork and bold, modern colors which are beautifully complimented by the rustic elements of reclaimed Douglas Fir beams, (stained to match the floor), a wood burning fireplace and v-joint tongue and groove grey glazed pine. All coming together in a stunning blend that fits the shouse perfectly!
Along with it’s open concept layout the shouse features a light filled gathering space with a bank of windows to the backyard (taking in greenspace for miles), artistic pops of bold color throughout, stone features, wood wall accents and wood beams. Creating a space that is not only inviting, but inspiring as well!
The overall concept of combining both living quarters and garage into one useable space requires not only a good eye for design, but also a well thought out plan. From the roadside, the shouse may appears unassuming, but upon opening the front doors, one realizes they’ve entered a special, one of a kind property that goes far beyond your average property.
“The layout of the home was purposefully designed to maximize efficiency in the limited square footage”, shared Anna Fast, project designer. “The home is very inviting because of the balance between bold and neutral.”
One of the design focal points in the home includes the kitchen, which features, soaring beamed ceilings, rich colored cabinets, abundance of storage and an expansive quartz island (Island countertop size: 133.5 x 61.5), with seating on both sides with the goal of creating a perfect gathering spot!
“When designing the kitchen, it was important to the client to maximize the counter space in the island as well as storage,” she said. “We selected a quartz countertop then researched the maximum continuous size of the slab available. We then designed the island to fit.”
The perfect set up for living and entertaining, this Shouse plan is sure to appeal to most any homeowner looking for something different, yet fun and functional at the same time.
“Working with this client was a rewarding experience,” shared Boehm. “Because he knew what he wanted but he allowed us to help articulate his vision.”
Is it A House or a Shed!
So the next time you’re out driving the backroads of rural North Dakota or Minnesota and pass what looks like the average shed, you never know, you may be passing someone’s very own dream “Shouse”.
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