ESP Stairs - People Choice Award
 
1998 Parade of Homes

 

French Country is right at home in Billings

 

By LAURA HOLMLUND
Of The Billings Gazette

     Builders Jim Kisling and Shawn Wickhorst envisioned their modified Design Basics plan as a French Country home offering all the advantages of new construction but with a warm "faux patina" that exudes comfort usually cultivated over time.
     The secret to their success in achieving this look is in the finishes they selected with the help of Cathy Dunbar from The Oak Tree/Gerald's Furniture Gallery: faux-finished, goldentoned walls in the dining room, family room and master suite; antiqued light fixtures; terra cotta tiles in a random patten on floors and bathroom walls; a wrought-iron staircase antiqued with paint; and green-washed maple cabinets under the kitchen island.
     The floor plan spans five levels and includes two flex rooms ready to accommodate the homeowner’s needs. An intimate sitting room with 12-foot ceiling is to the right of the entry. The formal dining room with a double racetrack ceiling and mission-style furniture sits to the left of the entry. Straight ahead is the family room with a large bow window and an elevated gas fireplace surrounded by tile and maple and a niche above.
     A breakfast nook fills a generously

windowed half-octagon space. The connecting kitchen boasts granite on the central island, countertops, and backsplash; an iron pot rack; maple cabinets with rope trim from Kitchens Plus; and matching refrigerator door panels for a built-in look.
     A laundry room and half bath near the three-car garage complete the main level.
     Midway between the main level and the upstairs sleeping quarters is a den with double French doors.
     Two secondary bedrooms with a shared bathroom, a guest suite, and master suite occupy the upper level. Of particular interest is the accent lighting tucked into the recess of the master bedroom's double coffered ceiling. The master bath is directly above the breakfast nook and shares its half octagon shape.

Between the stairs, midway between the main level and lower level, is a TV room with sliding-French-door access to a side patio.

A 1,600-foot unfinished basement completes the home.

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