2019 Home #4


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The Belgian Cottage

Simon Brudner


Simax Homes
Simon Brudner | 502-418-8485

5,049 square feet
5 beds
4.5 baths
Home Highlights:
  1. Three living spaces, one on each floor
  2. Open floor plan and large windows for maximized space and lighting
  3. Covered front porch and screened back porches
  4. Built-in speakers, security system and irrigation system
  5. Cat 6 wiring throughout
  6. Concrete-walled safe room
  7. Main and second floor laundry rooms

The Belgian Cottage is your perfect fusion of rustic and modern, of old world and new, of European style and American inventiveness. It’s a place to both entertain guests and raise a family. Far enough from the heart of the city to give you the space you need to grow as a family, yet close enough to be downtown in less than 20 minutes, it really can be the best of all worlds.

Even from first glance, the Belgian Cottage stands out as a unique home. The steep 13-pitch roofline gives it a distinct, eye-catching silhouette reminiscent of a home in a traditional European village, while the white and black exterior contrasts, batten siding and bricklines that flange outward toward the eaves provide an exciting mixture of familiar and playful forms. In the back, a screened porch is the ideal place to lounge on warm summer nights and watch lightning bugs flash, and a backyard firepit and outdoor kitchen will make your home the go-to for grill-outs and gatherings from spring through fall.

Moving inside the house, you’ll be wowed by an open floor plan that seamlessly blends living space, dining room and kitchen together and gives visual precedence to the house’s spectacular architectural features. A broad-plank, light-stained hardwood throughout, tall windows and textured furniture in creams and whites maximize natural lighting and the visual size of the space. With a large-screen television and fireplace, the living room can serve as both a space for entertaining and a place to unwind and relax.

The kitchen expands the palette of the space with the introduction of a beautifully muted green color called “underseas.” Natural in tone and shade, at once earthy and contemporary, it brings a pop of color to the house, while also keeping it true to its rustic roots. Gorgeous veined quartz countertops, an island, and hand-fired, hand-glazed backsplash tile give the kitchen variety in texture and color. All of the kitchen cabinetry is custom-made and fitted with brass fixtures; a frameless cabinet design marries the appearance of traditionally made cabinets with the increased storage space of contemporary designs.

To the left as you enter the house is the office space. As you pass through a pair of painted, wooden double doors, you’ll be greeted by a warm, earthy olive color lit by a grand window that runs across the front of the house. The ceiling details, wallpaper and a bookcase wall of light-stained oak blend with the enveloping earth tones for an inviting and insulating study.

Also on the ground floor you’ll find the master suite, a breath-taking room with a double-height ceiling that extends all the way to the roof. With high, horizontal windows and exposed, vaulted beams, it’s impossible not to be awed by the light and size of the space, a stunning intersection of simplicity and grandeur. Connected to the master bedroom and bathroom are the mudroom, pantry, ground floor laundry, bar and kitchen, a unique flow of space that allows you either privacy or an open floor plan merely by opening or closing doors.

The basement forms a European-style terrace level and is the primary entertaining space. With tray ceiling detail and light colors throughout, this is far more chic than your typical dark, wood-paneled, pub-style basement. There are multiple seating areas, a big-screen TV and a bar. An offset room is surrounded by nine inches of solid concrete. Not only could this be a deadbolted safe room if desired, but the concrete provides natural, year-round temperature control, making it an ideal spot for a wine cellar.

On the second floor, the Belgian Cottage ventures further into the modern and energetic. With more color, a third living room complete with a big-screen TV and reading nook, a crafting area and bedrooms, the second floor is truly a family space. Children will love the vibrancy and possibility that these rooms afford.

But don’t think the Belgian Cottage is quaint; it also comes with the latest in-home technology throughout. It features a high-end security system that monitors every area in the home to keep your family safe. There are built-in stereo systems with phone-connective capability in both the basement and ground floor living areas so you can entertain with ease. All the main rooms are wired with Cat 6 cable, giving your TVs, computers, printers and other appliances the fastest, safest internet connection possible. The expansive yard has its own irrigation system. The Belgian Cottage is a unique mix of old and new, rustic and modern, that you can’t find anywhere else.


Angela Cox



Interior Designer:
Angela Cox
Century Entertainment and Furnishings
(502) 253-6922
Appliances: Century Entertainment and Furnishings
Ceramic/Tile/Marble: Mees Tile
Closet Design: Closets by Design
Floor: RiverCity Flooring
Interior Lighting: Ferguson Enterprises
Kitchen Cabinetry: Century Entertainment and Furnishings
Realtor: Gary Aronov
Windows: K-I Lumber & Building Materials