A modern farmhouse in the middle of the suburbs? Yes! Debbie Zimmer and Chuck Warinner of BTH Designs looked past the overgrown brush, worn down bridge, and neglected ranch that Susan Knabe, Sibcy Cline marketing director, calls a neighborhood eyesore. The duo knew they could tackle the massive project and make their vision a reality.
Located on Section Road west of Ridge Avenue, this five-bedroom ranch with three full and two half baths anchors a full acre lot. The once all-brown home has been updated with a crisp, white facade. The drive is lined with a Kentucky-style four-board fence, setting a farmhouse tone from the start. The front porch features a high-ceilinged overhang with fieldstone surrounding the front door and large carriage lights for a warm, homey glow. Plus, there’s plenty of room for rocking chairs if you just want to sit a spell.
Inside, the foyer is spacious and quickly you’ll notice the brightness of the home, highlighted by light-colored hickory floors and white walls. The gourmet kitchen features black Shaker-style cabinets, white quartz countertops, an apron-front sink, light blue subway tile backsplash, and an eat-in island with black and white veined granite as a focal point. Professional-grade appliances make the kitchen a chef’s dream including a gas stove, wall oven, and wine fridge. Three industrial-like pendants over the island add more detail. The family room, which is open to the kitchen, boasts beams along the ceiling, built-in shelving, a fireplace, and a French door walkout to the backyard.
At the the other end of the house, the master sticks to the farmhouse theme with a sliding barn door that opens up to the master bath, which features a wet room, essentially a room-sized shower enclosure with a tub inside. An adjacent bedroom was adapted into the walk-in master closet and dressing room, and the bedroom itself has walkout access to a small deck. Two more bedrooms are on main level, with two more downstairs in the finished lower level. Along with a large rec room, there’s a media room and a wet bar for entertaining.
Outside, the organic-shaped patio offers plenty of dining space, and a fire pit off to the side offers a cozy retreat. It’s not a full-on farm, but you’ll still feel like you’ve found your very own green acre to enjoy.