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The Heart of the Home

This rambler model home by Krueger Construction features a modern-meets-farmhouse theme throughout, with a standout kitchen and master bathroom.

Photos by Hillary Ehlen

At family-owned business Krueger Construction, each floorplan they create is named after a family member. Meet Lila, one of Krueger’s new model homes, named after a family grandmother and daughter. Krueger Construction has made this rambler model in different iterations before, but this time around, Design Director Kristi Krueger-Roscoe took the reigns and designed the Eagle Point home with a black, white and neutral aesthetic. “I wanted this house to speak for itself. In this neighborhood, there’s a lot of really big, nice houses out here. Even though it’s a little bit smaller of a footprint than some other neighbors, I wanted it to really stand out,” said Krueger-Roscoe.

In a few other Krueger Construction rambler home plans, they’ve designed the home with the concept of the master suite on one side of the house and a guest or children’s area on the other side. “This particular floorplan, the goal is to speak to a lot of demographics,” said Kim Krueger-Tehan, Director of Sales, Marketing and Business Development.  Whether it is empty-nesters looking for a one-level home with room for a hobby or guest room, or a younger family that wants room for their children, this space fills a lot of needs.

With the bedrooms and bathrooms to either side of the floorplan, the kitchen and living room area are in the center, serving as the heart of the home. Nine and ten-foot ceilings throughout allow larger windows to let in natural light to the fresh, high-contrast rooms.

For the kitchen itself, Krueger-Roscoe wanted a more modest and classic style. For practicality, she opted to not raise the cabinets all the way to the high ceiling, cutting out unusable tall space and lowering cabinet costs. In every house of theirs, the team likes to switch things up and implement different details, even if the general floorplan remains the same. In this iteration, they went with a fun scalloped tile backsplash with accent dark grout.

The cabinetry in the kitchen is white with contrasting black hardware. But on the oversized island, the cabinetry is black, matching the contrasting details throughout and making for a focal point. An oversized island lends itself to entertaining opportunities, seating seven comfortably around it. The sink in the island as opposed to against the wall means that when the host is entertaining, they can be at the sink and still looking over the party.

“The living space was designed with entertaining in mind. With the huge island, there’s a flow for hosting a dinner party or having a sports team over. There’s a lot of flexibility in this living space, should you want to entertain,” said Krueger-Tehan. There’s ample space for a large dining set and the home is currently staged with a stocked bar cart, showcasing a variety of entertaining flexibility. 

To give the space some breathing room and to add modern touches, they opted for a stainless steel oven hood and quarter-sawn oak floating shelves. With an oversized pantry, there is still plenty of storage, even with the open shelving and cabinetry that doesn’t go all the way to the ceiling. The mix of the organic floating shelves with the modernity of the stainless steel appliances adds to the farmhouse-meets-modern feel that carries throughout the house. 

Pendant light fixtures are a signature touch that Krueger Construction likes to add on many of their projects, so the two black metal pendants over the island were a must. Statement light fixtures in kitchens, in addition to recessed lighting, add drama and luxury.

Moving onto the master suite, the master bathroom continues the black and white theme. With pops of green, the high-contrast space is crisp and clean. A focal point of the master bathroom is a larger soaker tub, popular among adults, but also great for families with young children.

White tiles with dark grout are executed again in the shower, but with subway tile rather than the scalloped tile we see in the kitchen. Two shower niches are sized for any size bottle of shower supplies and a built-in bench anchors the spacious shower. Hexagon penny tiles and subway tiles used together blend old-school and modern together in this style-blending home.

Black hardware and faucets in the shower complement the black grout and add contrast to the chrome hardware on the floating vanity and tub. The black and chrome vanity light fixtures tie the mixed metals in and blend it all together. “We like to mix metals, we think it is fun to mix metals. I think that is making a comeback,” said Krueger-Roscoe.

The master bathroom flows into a large walk-in closet which then also flows into a laundry room. With everything connected, running laundry, putting away laundry and getting dressed each day are done with ease.

The Rest of the Home

While we focused on the kitchen and master bath of this home for this kitchen and bath issue, the rest of the home is executed to flow together and complement every feature.  See more of the home here:

 

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