love to visit open houses and get ideas for my future dream home. Whether that dream home ever actually materializes isn’t the point; it’s the dreaming that keeps me coming back. when I was asked to write about Rochester Area Builder’s 2015 Fall Showcase of Homes Division 1 (homes over $600,000) winner, built by Range Custom Homes, I couldn’t wait to get my own private tour of this gorgeous home.

When the appointed day to tour this spectacular beauty finally arrived, I knew I was in for something special. As I pulled into the driveway, the home, nestled on the end of a cul-de-sac, was warm and welcoming and afforded peaceful views of a lush, wooded backyard. 

The lucky owners of this stunning home, Dean and Rachael Potter, stepped into the home buying process just as the fun part was about to begin. Rachael says that she and her husband were looking at new construction, and when they walked into this home, she immediately felt that it was designed perfectly for their family. They selected many of the finishing touches, but chose to include many of the items, especially the lighting, that were originally slated to go into the home. Rachael gushes as she talks about the design elements of this house, sharing that Shannon Range, design stylist for Range Custom Homes, created the perfect ambiance for their sanctuary.

THE MAIN FLOOR—CLASSIC ELEGANCE

Upon entering the home, I was struck by the beautiful staircase, 10-foot high ceilings and show-stopping wainscoting, which was custom-crafted to exacting specifications by the artisans at Range Custom Homes. The spacious foyer feels both grand and homey. 

The open concept of the kitchen, dining and great room flows beautifully. The entire area faces south, and you can almost imagine how inviting this room would be on a sunny day in winter, letting in the milky sunlight, hanging low on the horizon during our all too brief daylight hours.

The great room boasts a beautiful gas fireplace and room for plenty of seating. Built-in bookcases grace either side of the stone fireplace, while the beautiful hardwood floors add a layer of richness to the room. 

MY FAVORITE ROOM IN THE HOUSE

Moving into the kitchen area, I instantly knew without a doubt that if I lived here, this would be my favorite room in the house. The kitchen features a gourmet gas range, which would be wonderful to use daily. The classic, cream-colored quartz counter tops give the kitchen a touch of sophistication and an airy lightness. The kitchen is also tricked out with high-end appliances, including a double-wide refrigerator and double oven, creating a very functional work space.

FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Adjacent to the kitchen is a large and inviting screen porch, situated on the southeast corner of the house, rendering it completely free of the hot afternoon sun. 

The home was built with an eye on the minute details. The mudroom leading from the heated, attached, three-car garage is functional and exceptionally tidy. There is a wall-mounted cubby system, one for each member of the family, with room for two layers of shoes or boots below, an enclosed area to hang coats and a shelf above, perfectly sized to accommodate baskets to stow hats and gloves for each member. Everything the Potters need for outdoor wear can be neatly housed in the mudroom. The clean lines and organization of usable space is an inspiration to me.

PERFECT ESCAPE—PEACEFUL RETREAT

Continuing our tour, the walkout basement is completely finished. The family room has a custom designed full bar, along with a gas fireplace and lots of windows. There is also a large guest bedroom and full bath on this level. The family room is perfect for entertaining and ideal for overnight guests who would have oodles of privacy.

Moving on, we toured the second floor of this spacious and beautiful home. The upstairs has four generous-sized bedrooms. The master bedroom is large and has a lovely fireplace and en suite bathroom, complete with a large walk-in closet. The master bath has two separate vanities and a huge walk-in tiled shower, large enough to fit a Mini Cooper. Just down the hall, the Potters’ children share a Jack and Jill bath between their bedrooms.  

One of the absolute coolest features of this house is the second floor walk-through laundry room. This laundry room was definitely designed by someone who has done a lot of laundry. Every little detail you might want is in this laundry room. The counter top over the high-end washer and dryer is raised and perfect for folding clothes. The built-in cabinets include shelves that hold three laundry baskets, so you can stage your laundry instead of having it in your way. There is even a clothes rod s for hanging clothes as you pull them from the dryer. This laundry room is astoundingly functional. Plus, it is on the second floor, so all of the clean clothes can be returned to their proper location without several trips up and down the stairs. 

Also on the upper floor is a generous-sized bonus room, where the Potters spend a fair amount of their spare time. Rachael says that the family likes to spend their time in this room, watching TV, reading or exercising on the treadmill, which is well-situated in the room. 

THE BUILDER—RANGE CUSTOM HOMES 

Jon Range, owner of Range Custom Homes says, “It was such an honor to be chosen as the winner of the 2015 Fall Showcase of Homes. As a custom home builder, my first and foremost priority is that my clients love the home I create for them. I want them to love not just the design and finishing touches, but the quality as well. As a custom home builder, I don’t get a lot of opportunities to showcase my work to others, so it’s wonderful to get opportunities like the Fall Showcase of Homes. Houses like this truly take an army to build, and it’s a team effort between me and the amazingly talented sub contractors that I am lucky to have help me create these beautiful homes. I could not do it without them. In my line of work, word of mouth is everything…and I only hope that the homes I build speak for themselves."

The Rochester Area Builders Showcase of Homes is a great opportunity to tour newly constructed homes in the Rochester area. Whether you are in the market for a new home or just like to visit new homes, like me, the showcase is a wonderful chance to see the latest in housing and interior design trends.

I’ll definitely be going on the 2016 Rochester Area Builders Fall Showcase of Homes tour. It runs for two consecutive weekends: September 10-11 and September 17-18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Cindy Mennega, owner of Straight-Talk Wireless, is a health coach and freelance writer based in Rochester.

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