Story-and-a-half floor plan adapts to family’s active lifestyle
When the Hoskinson family first approached building their dream home, they immediately gravitated toward a ranch-style design. Coming from a two-story home, the family thought a one-story floor plan would offer a more open-yet-cozy atmosphere. But they couldn’t find a ranch design that provided the best space usage for their family of five.
Ultimately, the family found the best of both worlds in a story-and-a-half floor plan from Malibu Homes. The custom home in The Ridges showcases contemporary, open spaces on the first level. The upper levels, however, offer a twist. In this home, the master suite is mid-level, nestled between the main floor and the top level bedrooms. The mid-level master suite makes possible another gem in the home: a large, high-ceiling sports area in the basement, where the three Hoskinson boys, ages 4 to 11, can shoot hoops or hit baseballs in a batting cage.
When Jaime and Matt Hoskinson first saw the design, they knew it fit their needs perfectly. “We love having our own space on our own floor,” Jaime said.
Jaime worked with Malibu Homes to customize the space to meet the needs of her active family, yet still reflect her sleek and contemporary style. “I tried to make it a usable space for the boys, but pretty for me,” Jaime said.
Taupe and gray is woven throughout the home, while darker, peppercorn cabinetry offers a contrasting color. In the kitchen, Jaime selected grayish floor tiles with a wood grain-like pattern — the texture belies the fact that her son’s 11-member baseball team just invaded for an impromptu pizza party. The large, ivory island is where the family most often dines, but an eat-in kitchen area offers space for more formal gatherings. Instead of a tiled backsplash behind the granite counters, Jaime opted for glass plates, giving the space a clean, sophisticated look. A walk-in pantry hides a coffee and appliance bar and a second oven.
Throughout the home, colors and décor suggest modern flair with a hint of whimsy. In the kitchen, pendant lighting emulates blown glass containers with vintage filament bulbs. The kitchen table’s rustic railroad tie design contrasts with a stainless steel base and tempered glass top. Jaime tends toward silver metallic and crisp white in decorative pieces. Mercury glass apothecary jars make a statement on the island. On another counter, a white deer figurine gazes across the room.
Stylish but functional furniture adorns the adjoining great room. Instead of elaborate shelving or storage along the fireplace wall, Jaime created a clean backdrop where a flat-screen TV hangs. The family worked with Sellhorst Security and Sound to eliminate cords; the DVD players and DVR are located in a basement storage room. From their phones, the Hoskinsons can play music in various parts of the home; Jaime can listen to country on the deck while the boys play jams in the basement, for example.
The contemporary feel extends to the mid-level master suite. In the bathroom, Jaime selected white quartz counters contrasting with darker cabinetry to lend a relaxing, spa-like atmosphere to the space. A washer and dryer add convenience.
On the top floor, the boys have plenty of space to play in individual bedrooms and a bonus rec room. The Hoskinsons opted to change the original floor plan from four to three bedrooms on the top floor, giving each bedroom more square footage and allowing for a large laundry room.
The walkout basement incorporates more masculine touches. The sunken bar pops with black and white granite counters and metallic wall tiles. While grabbing a drink at the bar, Matt Hoskinson has an unobstructed view to the living area and TV — perfect for the former Husker football player to watch the game.
Married for 16 years, Matt and Jaime are enjoying their first year in their new home. With its unique design, they feel they have a home to stay in until the boys grow up and go off to college. “Both of us truly feel like this is our dream home,” she said.