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