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House of the Year: this craftsman-inspired home is factory-built–proving modular has moved far beyond the bland box

You’d never guess it, but for the first time our House of the Year is a modular home built off site! Designed by architect Roberto Kritzer with Genesis Homes and the editors of Country Living, this charming stone-and-clapboard bungalow-style home on picturesque Boyd Lake in Loveland, Colo., is fitted with the kind of custom details, premium materials, and architectural character associated with the finest custom-built homes–yet the majority of it was built in under a week at a Genesis facility in Berthoud, Colo.

Modular homes generally cost about 15 percent less than conventionally built homes; what’s more, they are very energy efficient, and because the construction is done indoors weather delays are minimized. The entire building process, from start to finish, is usually completed in 90 days. Whether you’re building or remodeling, our House of the Year is filled with dozens of distinctive ideas to inspire you. Be sure to read Home Almanac on page 59 for more ideas.



Collections help make a house personal and unique: Here, a sculptural all-white grouping of art pottery creates a dramatic focal point against the stone fireplace.


A consistent palette is woven throughout, establishing harmony. Soft, pale shades of blue on walls become adaptable neutrals: bright pink accents add spark.


The furniture melds both elegant detail and appealing comfort. Clean-lined silhouettes are softened with white pique, damask, and velvet details.
Architectural details were introduced throughout the house, from transom windows to crown and baseboard moldings. Built-in cabinetry, a coffered ceiling, and a stone fireplace in the living room add character and “age” to a new house. A distinct entrance (above right) was fashioned with beadboard and a stately door framed by a transom and side lights.





A consistent use of color, pattern, and architectural details connects the living room, dining room, and kitchen in this open plan and gives them visual continuity. Each area also enjoys its own distinct identity thanks to strong focal points and cohesive furniture arrangement. ORCHESTRATE CONTINUITY “Amanda,” a soothing pale blue-green paint from Ace, outlined in crisp white trim and ceilings, wraps through most of the house, while touches of pink reappear as accents. Blue-welted white-upholstered furniture from Lee and woven cotton rugs from Elizabeth Eakins share the same palette.





The brocade stripe on the French Heritage dining chairs shows up on wing chairs in the breakfast nook, and Bruce hardwood floors flow throughout the house. MIX OLD AND NEW Different woods and paint finishes, as well as different eras, mingle amiably–another way to give a brand-new home a “history.” New chairs gather around an antique dining table; new and reproduction china mix with antiques on the table and in the built-in china cupboards. ESTABLISH A FOCAL POINT One dramatic element helps organize a room around a central feature. The floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and the tight grid of prints in the adjoining dining room serve as compatible focal points.

Within an open design scheme, the cottage-inspired kitchen, with its transom-topped window facing the living room, plays a central role. COLOR Instead of standard-issue white, a pale robin’s-egg blue colors cabinets (below left) and is echoed in the lustrous crackled glaze of the distinctive Pyrolave lavastone countertops. White accents–the sink and backsplash–keep the effect neutral and subdued. DETAIL Subway tile and the curved Arts & Crafts-inspired brackets (below right) that support upper cabinets on either side of the window are the kinds of small, cottage details that make all the difference. COMFORT A cozy breakfast nook (bottom) at one end of the kitchen offers a place to have lunch, read the paper, or do homework. Comfy wing chairs, a rustic painted table and a collection of pottery add personal touches.


The kitchen is not overly large, but its efficient galley design compensates. The work triangle between the sink, stove, and fridge is easily traversed. Locating the apron-front sink below a window to the living room facilitates quick cleanup after gatherings.


Thoughtful details such as the overscale dentil crown molding and a mix of door fronts–beadboard, solid, and glass doors–lend craftsman-inspired appeal to custom cabinets. The end units have glass on two sides for added airiness and light.


Consider the mix of surfaces in the kitchen, where many materials and features meet. Here, a backsplash in white subway tile joins a luminous blue lavastone countertop. Each has a crackled glaze, for an overall effect of pleasing age and depth.


Cottage style doesn’t have to mean vintage appliances: Ever-popular stainless-steel versions are a modern neutral that blends well with the cool color scheme. The dishwasher and the range’s vent hood are concealed behind matching cabinet fronts.



To conjure an open feeling, the Porcher whirlpool tub was set diagonally into the corner, where it is bathed in natural light from two windows. The shower resides next to the tub, while the toilet is tucked into its own private windowed alcove.


White marble clads the floor, countertop, and tub surround for soothing continuity. Artistic Tile’s mosaic marble-and-glass border extends into the shower. Amstrong’s humidity-resistant beadboard adds country-inspired texture to walls.


Twin surface-mounted sinks and nickel-plated faucets Rohl Porcher reveal their sculptural silhouettes atop the marble vanity. A separate whirlpool tub and shower offer the best of both worlds–for busy mornings and relaxing evenings.


An upholstered chair and small bench furnish the bath with added comfort. The custom vanity from Crown Point Cabinetry is fitted with fabric skirts for old-fashioned charm. Woven white bamboo shades from Hunter Douglas filter in light.


General Contractor: Scott Glahn, Core Alternative. Architect: Roberto Kritzer. Builder/Manufacturer: Genesis Homes. EXTERIOR Paint throughout: Ace Hardware Corp. Siding: James Hardie Siding Products. Windows and French doors: Pella Corp. Roofing: Owens Corning. Stone Veneer: Owens Corning Cultured Stone.

LIVING ROOM Interior Paint throughout: Ace Hardware Corp. Vermont Castings fireplace: CMF Specialty Home Products. Surround: Owens Corning Cultured Stone. Cabinetry and mantel: Crown Point Cabinetry. All Upholstered Furniture: Lee Industries. Table: Oly. Cotton rugs throughout: Elizabeth Eakins Cotton Inc. White ceramics: Kleinreid. Garnet cashmere throw: Garnet Hill. Plaid and hot pink throws: T. Lockman. Antique pillows, aqua French ticking and blue/gold: Susan E. Oostdyk.

FOYER Custom door, sidelights, and interior doors throughout: Jeld-Wen Windows and Doors. Ceiling and custom beadboard: Armstrong. Star light fixture: Circa Lighting. Chest: Stuart Buchanan Antiques. Side chair: Oly. Birdcage: Vagabond Vintage Furnishings.

DINING ROOM Wood floors throughout: Bruce Hardwood Floors from Armstrong. Shutters throughout: Hunter Douglas. Handwrought chandelier: Hudson River Design. Chairs and demilune table: French Heritage. Dining table: Stuart Buchanan Antiques. Black-and-white prints: Belcour Antiques. Green antique plates and white goblets: Black Tulip Antiques. Atelier ceramic plates and candle holder: Vagabond Vintage Furnishings. Flatware: Gustavian. Napkins: Daisy Hill. Vases: Kosta Boda.

KITCHEN Cabinetry and hardware: Crown Point Cabinetry. Appliances: GE Profile. Sink and faucet Rohl. Countertops: Pyrolave. Backsplash: Gainey Ceramic Tile. Antique ironstone: Heartland & Home.

BREAKFAST AREA Floor: Crossville, Inc. Shades throughout: Hunter Douglas. Table: Archatrive. Upholstered chairs: Lee Industries. White T-chair: West Elm. Pendant lamp: Thomas O’Brien for Visual Comfort. Antique pottery: Antiques a la Carte.

MASTER BEDROOM Canopy bed: Anthropologie. Sisal rug: Merida Meridian. Armoire, nightstands, large mirror, and chests: French Heritage. Upholstered chaise: Lee Industries. White coverlet and box spring cover: Garnet Hill. Linen bedding: Area, Inc. Euro sham in white: Lee Wilder Bed Wear. Antique black-and-white toile pillow: Susan E. Oostdyk. Linen curtains and ivory throw: Swedish House. Black iron curtain rods: Antique Drapery Rod Co. Bench: Oly. Taboret stool: Bungalow 5. Flower photographs: Keith Scott Morton.

MASTER BATHROOM Fixtures and faucets: Rohl. Marble and mosaic border tile: Artistic Tile, Inc. Custom beadboard: Armstrong. Vanity: Crown Point Cabinetry. TV mirror: Seura. Savvy sconces: Restoration Hardware. Paintings by Peter Schroth: Sears Peyton Gallery. White Frames: Larson-Juhl. Stone urn and locker baskets: Big Daddy’s Antiques.


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