By Patricia Garcia
Who knew you could create a coastal feel right in the middle of Texas? The team who brought us the 2013 Southern Living Magazine Showcase Home in Lago Vista, Texas, that’s who.
Perched atop the hills surrounding Lake Travis near Austin, Texas, this showcase home combines country and coastal living — shiplap walls invoke a rustic feel, while lakeside views conjure images of the coast.
It all meshes beautifully. And that’s just what the builder, Silverton Custom Homes, and its founders Mike Grimm and interior designer Linda Grimm intended.
Mike and Linda bring strong credentials to the home. There are 100 builders nationally in the Southern Living Custom Builder Program and Silverton Custom Homes is the 2013 Southern Living Custom Builder of the Year. They also designed and built the Best Custom Home of 2012 and 2013 in Austin.
Linda says the team aimed for a casual, yet sophisticated, feel. “We wanted to create a home that you could live in and entertain in.” It was a true family affair; the husband-and-wife building team was joined by their daughter as part of the design team and their son-in-law as the construction superintendent.
The 4,360-sq.-ft.-home has a contemporary country-coastal home feel. An open floor plan means no walls block the kitchen from the dining room or great room. The views are striking, too: As you walk through the front door, your eye is immediately drawn outside, just past the negative-edge pool and right to the lake.
But that’s not all. The home features five bedrooms, five full baths, a two-story limestone fireplace, marble accents in the kitchen and master bath, a dog washing station and an attic door that opens with the push of a button. One of our favorite highlights is the mess or prep kitchen. Tucked away next to the garage, the mess kitchen allows cooks to prepare food for parties and other special occasions without worrying about tidying up before guests arrive since food can be served in the entertaining kitchen.
NewHomeSource.com recently caught up with Mike and Linda to film the home and to learn more about the home’s concept. Regardless of your budget, the videos will inspire design ideas for your new home. Starting next week, you’ll find a series of compelling articles that accompany these fun and informative short videos in the Resource Center of NewHomeSource.
You’ll go behind the scenes to see the latest trends in new home design and construction, gaining ideas that you can use in any home across many price ranges. In the meantime, this slideshow is a preview of what’s in store. So, come on in and make yourself comfortable — and learn what’s possible for the home of your dreams.[SlideDeck2 id=19496]
Patricia Garcia is content manager for NewHomeSource.