Any house can be a home. But when you buy the land, pour over blueprints and build it from the ground up... something magical happens. Each floorboard, windowpane and brick has a story. A few years ago, designer Amy Kaminski and her husband Matthew took on a huge project. They built a home on a four-acre lot near Breezy Hill Lane in the cozy Smithville, Virginia countryside. Being the seasoned interior designer that she is, Amy knew what she was signing up for.
The custom-made fir wood front doors and carriage house doors made quite a first impression. Matt and Amy chose a rustic post-and-beam construction with a spacious layout. “Entertainment had a lot to do with it," Amy says, explaining the strategy behind their floorplan. "We wanted to remove pretension but wanted the space to accommodate a lot of people at a time. Every holiday, we literally had over thirty people... and you’d never feel it.”
Wide-plank hardwood floors boasted rose head top nails accents. Expansive ceilings measured 12 feet on the first floor and 9 feet on the second floor. Handsome white-trimmed windows stretched 8 feet high.
The kitchen was a stylish blend of function and clean lines. Shiny subway tile over the counter complimented the white cabinetry and enormous island. The space also had a bake center -- fully stocked with plugin appliances hidden behind sliding doors. When company was over, there was room for lots of cooks in the kitchen! The space around the island was about 3 1/2 feet wide. “We made sure the layout was really functional.”
To top it off, Matt and Amy installed a wet bar with an ice machine and fridge. "It enabled me to keep people out of my kitchen," Amy smiles. "They could still have coffee or drinks, but it allowed me to finish cooking or setting."
Up the stairs and down the hall, small french doors led to the peaceful master suite. The master walk-in closet and bathroom were just outside the bedroom. Since a lot of living happens upstairs, the design required some planning. “Layout is crucial to function. Sometimes function drives layout,” Amy says.
Of course, a true designer is always dreaming. “There’s very little in this house that I didn’t like,” she recalls. "We had plans for multiple wings, with the addition leading to a courtyard." There was even talk of a pretty screened in porch with brick columns. Matt and Amy have sold the house since then... but it will always be Matt and Amy's Breezy Hill.
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