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Parade of Homes Features Elegant House by Burger Homes

Article by Cindy Hadish Photography by Justin Fox

Living space abounds both indoors and out in the latest house by Burger Homes & Development. Visitors will be able to see the home, at 744 Buckingham Place, Marion, during the Fall Parade of Homes.

An elegant entrance, with dark shingles, taupe siding and real stone on the exterior, sets the tone for the upscale, classic look throughout the interior. The front door, with mission-style horizontal and vertical lines in the glass, is echoed in the dark cherry, double-stacked cabinetry in the kitchen, while unique circular-shaped lighting offers a contrast, including a stunning fixture that accentuates the 14-foot-high ceiling in the front room.

That area, with double-stacked windows, could serve as a dining room, sitting room or music room with enough space for a baby grand piano. Another room on the same level offers equal versatility, as a formal den, music room or office, with double French doors that close off the room for privacy, just off the master bedroom.

While the six-bedroom, 3 1/2-bathroom house has more than 4,500 square feet of living space, it is energy efficient, meaning lower energy costs, and is designed to be remarkably easy to maintain. In the kitchen, for example, a hidden pantry has convenient space behind what looks like a cabinet door for quick cleanup and storage.

The open floor plan puts the kitchen at center-stage for eating and entertaining, with enough room to seat a large number of guests. Kitchen cabinets provide a furniture-like appearance, giving the main level an even more spacious feel, while grays and browns in the granite countertops complement the dark chocolate shades of the woodwork.

“It’s timeless,” Deb Burger said of the dark colors and high-quality cherry. Her husband, Bob Burger, a carpenter with 40 years of experience, constructs the custom-made built-ins, along with aprons and crowns that provide a finished, clean look to the rooms.

Stacked ledger stone is featured in the floor-to-ceiling fireplace, providing a light-colored contrast to the dark woodwork and walnut flooring, while a glass railing offers an unobstructed view of the wall of windows on the main floor.

Corner windows allow the east morning sun in the master bedroom, which features a 12-foot ceiling. The master bath is another example of a timeless, classic look, with a glass backsplash and light fixtures and a free-standing, modern tub. The large shower, with three shower heads, continues the theme, with glass doors and glass on the back wall.

“Clear glass never goes out of style,” Deb said. At the same time, the bathroom stays cozy, with heated floors, along with abundant closet space with built-in shelves and other custom features.

Just off the garage, a drop zone provides more custom built-ins, with strip-lighting in the shelves, alongside the laundry room, with more custom features, and set off by a pocket door. An enclosed porch overlooking the landscaped backyard offers an example of indoor-outdoor living space, featuring EZE Breeze windows and outlets for a TV, while composite decking offers maintenance-free stairs to the large patio below.

Windows make the well-lit lower level feel the same as the main floor. Whole-wall tile surrounding the fireplace provides a focal point, while a built-in mini library and closet make good use of space under the stairs. An 18-by-17-foot media room is nearly hidden on the lower level, but provides enough space for a home theatre, exercise room or other uses.

A full kitchen along with the wet bar makes entertaining easy from the lower level, and a wine cellar has ample space for wine bottles and more. High-end appliances are featured on both the main and lower levels.

Three lower-level bedrooms, linen closets and a full bathroom, plus half-bath, provide room for extra visitors or relatives who need their own living space, while one of the rooms could easily be used for crafts or seasonal storage.

The lower level is completely finished, so new homeowners will only have to unpack, Deb noted. The garage itself provides even more space for entertaining or other uses, with epoxy floors, painted walls, floor drains, hot and cold water, stubbed heat, and light fixtures and windows that echo the home’s interior.

“More people are using garages as finished space,” Deb said. “We try to think how people live in their homes to ensure they have everything they need.”

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