Helping Clients Build the Home of Their Dreams
By Jane Claspy Nesmith
With its peaked roofline, natural stone and shake exterior, and welcoming front porch, this home in Cedar Rapids has plenty of curb appeal. And it also serves as an example of what Scallon Custom Homes has to offer to clients: expert craftsmanship both inside and outside the home.
In the home building business since 1993, Paul Scallon has a passion for building quality homes in a variety of price ranges to meet the expectations of clients.
The front door leads from a generously-sized covered front porch to a large and inviting foyer. The sidelights of the front door--and the front door itself--are decorated with wrought iron in curved shapes. Just a glance around reveals those shapes echoed elsewhere--in wall hangings, light covers, and even rugs--which gives the home an elegant, coordinated look.
Huge windows topped by transoms along the back wall of the great room let in light and a great view of the private, wooded back yard. The great room itself features a floor to ceiling stone fireplace with a rustic mantle, flanked by two large built-in cabinets in dark-stained alder wood. Above is a barrel-vaulted tray ceiling with cove rope lighting. The overall look is “rustic modern.”
This home has an open floor plan with a twist--elegant tapered wood and stone columns and sweeping archways delineate different areas. At the front of the home is the formal dining room, set off by two columns. Beyond that, the large and cozy kitchen can be seen through an archway.
This gourmet kitchen is clearly the heart of the home, with plenty of room for family, friends and the family pet. There’s a large kitchen island with a deep single bowl stainless steel sink and seating area along one side. A butler’s pantry keeps all the important ingredients at the family’s fingertips. Granite countertops and both stone and brickwork along the walls extend the rustic modern feel. The double ovens are wrapped in stone, and cabinets and trim are painted a soft bisque color which lightens the room.
Past the kitchen island is a large eating area with room for a huge table. Just beyond that is the family’s three-season porch which has cedar walls and a dramatic vaulted ceiling with cedar beams adding to the overall charm of this wonderful and inviting room. It features floor to ceiling EZ Breeze windows which can be pulled up to let in cool summer breezes, or pulled down so that sunshine is the only thing that gets through. Through a door is the grilling deck--created with low-maintenance decking, of course.
This home features two bedrooms on the main level. One is at the front of the home and has its own adjacent full bath. Down a short hall, past a large linen closet, is the master bedroom. Spacious and elegant with a tray ceiling and large windows facing the back yard, this room is meant to be a quiet retreat. The spa-like master bath adds to that feeling. Dual vanities on opposite walls give plenty of room for getting ready in the morning, as do dual walk-in closets at the back of the master bath. There are both a jetted corner tub and a large walk-in shower.
Also on this main floor is a bonus room--currently being used as Paul Scallon’s home office--and a dropzone/laundry off of the four-car attached main floor garage. This home has plenty of garage space; there’s also a three-car lower garage accessible by a stairway, or by going around the back of the home.
Down an open staircase that features lovely wrought iron below the bannister is the home’s walk-out lower level. Most of this floor is an open area that is a great gathering place for friends and family. There’s a sitting area featuring a stone fireplace and wall-mounted 80-inch television, and an open area just beyond that with the family’s ping-pong and air hockey tables. A full bar with stone columns, granite and wood bar tops, a full-sized fridge and sink make entertaining easy. Just through the sliding doors is a covered patio; beyond that, the spacious yard.
This level has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. At one end of the floor is a large bedroom with its own full bath. The other end features two bedrooms with a Jack and Jill bedroom. There’s plenty of storage on this level, too, in closets and in an unfinished room.
This home clearly is a reflection of the passion and expertise that goes into a Scallon Custom Home. From start to finish, no detail is missed in helping clients create an exceptional home. From choosing a lot to putting on the final interior design touches, building a Scallon Home will make dream homes come to life.
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