Silverleaf Beauty

Nestled in Elkhorn’s rolling hills, this custom-built home offers something for everyone in the family it was designed for. An office peeks out off a curved staircase, a surprisingly spacious room for dad to work. In the basement, an exercise room offers mom all the gym essentials. For the kids, a garage with vaulted ceilings leave ample room for a basketball hoop and batting cage.

But the most enjoyable spaces in this home bring the entire family together. The home was designed to take advantage of a beautiful, wooded view. Large windows bring ample natural light into a great room with a dramatic fireplace feature wall. In the kitchen, a large island seats the whole family for breakfast or dinner – or it doubles as a homework space.

Just off the dining area, double patio doors open to a spacious outdoor living space. Part of the deck is covered, creating an outdoor living room complete with a large TV and comfy couches for game day. The space is brilliantly configured for hosting parties – guests have the option of mingling indoors or outdoors, yet oversized doors and windows make it feel like one space.

This family-conscious home came to life in the hands of architect Tom Clark of Advanced House Plans. By working with a family’s needs, Clark designed a home that fulfilled their wish list perfectly. In this floor plan, Clark created a home that met the family’s need for an ample outdoor living space while maintaining a sizable lawn. Other custom requests were a master bedroom on the main level, while the kids’ rooms, guest bedrooms and rec room are upstairs.

Shawn Falcone, Allied ASID, of Falcone Homes brought the design to life. Functional features include a washer and dryer both upstairs and on the main floor. More fanciful features include a gleaming, built- in coffee machine in the kitchen.

Interior designer Michelle Hybner, Allied ASID, of D3 Interiors sought to complete the space with touches that reflected the owners’ eclectic tastes. Blending both traditional and modern elements was important for the family, who wanted a home that felt contemporary but lived in – not too hard-edged. The color palate throughout the home is a blend of cool blue-grays, warm browns and occasional pops of gem tones. In the great room, a fireplace feature wall with floor-to-ceiling ledge stone is a stunning focal point.

Other eye-catching details include creative wall coverings in surprising spots. Hybner used Vahallan Papers, a decorative wall covering shop in Lincoln, to lend a luxurious note to areas like the back of a built-in display space. The warm brownish-gold selected looks part-stone, part-wood, part-metallic. It’s a texture that demands a closer look, as do many of the features in this beautiful home.

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