Beauty in the Details
by Katie Honnette on September 27th, 2011 in Home
[caption id="attachment_1910" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Timothy and Kim Halldin's home. Photo by Jessica Sauck"]
Timothy and Kim Halldin built their craftsman-style home near Lake Jefferson five years ago. “It was our third build and we had a good understanding of what we like,” Timothy says. For sure the couple wanted a rambler-style home with an open floor plan and a walk-out basement. When working on the overall design with their builder, Richard Weyhe of R Henry Construction, they included some custom touches including built-in, illuminated pillars, kitchen cabinets and custom desk area, old fashioned lockers and a main floor laundry. “We enjoyed working with Richard. The great thing about him is we can dream almost anything and he can build it,” Timothy says.
While the main floor of the home offers an open floor plan connecting the kitchen with the dining room and living room, the basement has a dark, library feel. “We incorporated a lot of wood to make you feel warm and cozy,” Timothy says. In the main room of the basement, there is a full bar featuring real patina copper and granite countertops along with a professional brick-lined pizza oven. There is also a large screen TV with movie theater style seating.
When designing the basement, the Halldins included many custom touches and attention to detail. “I invented the basement ceiling,” Timothy says. “I wanted a coffered ceiling but I wanted each square lit independently. When you watch a movie, all the lights go off and each of the coves glow.” They also incorporated a floating entertainment center, a custom built-in library and curved ceiling soffits into the space.
During the summer months, the basement is where friends and family gather – due in part to the beautiful landscaping that beckons people outdoors. While the interior of their home is cozy and inviting, Timothy and Kim consider their outdoor landscaping the show stopper.
In 2010, the Halldins hired Joe Eibs of Yardsmith.com to create a beautiful landscape in their backyard. “He came with this huge plan of redoing everything and he did a fantastic job,” Kim says. From start to finish, the landscaping project took about six weeks to complete. “It’s kind of like being up north in the woods because there’s birch out there and a running creek,” Kim says. “Joe moved some of our boulders and brought some new ones in to use as seating around the fire pit. One rock is called the couch: you can fit a couple people on it easily.”
In addition to a fire pit and seating area, a 100-foot stream with seven mini waterfalls adorns the acreage and slate-paved trails weave through the beautiful plantings. “It’s very peaceful. Everybody loves being out there,” Kim says. Although the Halldin had developed a pattern of building, landscaping and then selling their previous homes, they’ve fallen in love with their craftsmanstyle retreat. “I like the peace and quiet out here,” Kim says. “We plan on staying.”
[caption id="attachment_1911" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Photo by Jessica Sauck"]