The Perfect Place to Call Home
Article by Jane ClaspyNesmith
Photography by Justin Fox
With its stone pillars on a wide porch flanking a welcoming front door, the home at 1437 Rolling Glen Drive was a popular stop on this past fall’s Parade of Homes. “The homes we build are custom homes,” explains Keri Dahl. “We work closely with our clients to create their dream home.” Often, spec homes they build are bought before they are finished. “We’d be working at the site, framing the home, and someone would drive by, stop to talk, and put a bid on the house,” says Dahl.
That’s not surprising when you consider the quality of the homes they build, and this home is an excellent example of that quality.
Step inside the front door, and your eye is immediately drawn into the spacious great room straight ahead. Tall windows let in lots of light and great views of the quiet neighborhood. The striking Brazilian Hickory floors in the foyer area give way to a lush carpet that helps define the sitting area of the great room. Above, a coffered ceiling with stained beams adds luxury.
The focal point of this room, aside from the windows, is a stone fireplace flanked by built-in cabinets and shelves; the stone here echoes what was used on the exterior of the home, creating a unified design theme.
Keri and Ben Dahl are always happy to help clients with design elements. “Some people come in with ideas about design already,” says Keri Dahl. “Others don’t want too many design choices.” Either way, the Dahls can help customize the standard lighting and design packages the company offers to fit a family’s lifestyle.
Frequent budget meetings allow homeowners to ask about new ideas they might incorporate, and help them make decisions while still keeping within their budget. “There will never be a surprise at the end with us,” Dahl says. Dahl Custom Homes builds homes in all price ranges--from starter homes to legacy homes--and each client gets the same top-notch customer service.
Adjacent to the great room is the home’s kitchen. Cream cabinets finished with crown molding at the top brighten the area, and two kinds of glass tiles make an attractive backsplash. There’s a kitchen island here with space for eating, underneath pendant lights. There’s also space for a table near more large windows that overlook the backyard.
This home features the popular split-bedroom floor plan, allowing for a secluded master suite. The master bedroom features a tray ceiling with crown molding. Dual vanities in the master bath are divided with a tall cabinet for plenty of storage space. Glass tiles decorating the walk-in shower continue across the floor for a unique design element. A large walk-in closet already has shelves and racks.
Two bedrooms on the other side of the home share a full bath; the one at the front of the home could also be used as a home office. Also on this floor is a bright, window-lit laundry room behind a barn-style sliding door, and a drop zone, right off the entrance from the three-car garage. Throughout this floor, attractive dark-stained wood trim adds a beautiful touch.
Near the dining area, an atrium staircase with attractive wrought-iron railings leads down to the door to the patio. There, a built-in fire pit awaits gatherings with family and friends. A few more steps down, and you’re in the home’s rec room, an open and inviting space with plush carpet and daylight windows. There’s a wet bar at one end, and two bedrooms that share a full bath at the other end. Unfinished areas and closets offer lots of storage here.
Throughout the home, luxury appointments and special custom touches are all standard: central vac system, whole house audio, stainless steel appliances, and the delightful arched niches placed throughout the home.
Keri and Ben Dahl are happy to show this home to anyone who’d like to see an example of their custom home-building work, but don’t wait too long: this one may get snapped up by another soon-to-be happy homeowner, too.
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