Built from scratch in 2012, Stacy and Jeff Dulik wanted to create a house in which guests would feel welcome and their kids, Abbey, 16, and Aiden, 11, would want to hang out with friends.
When the lot came up for auction, Jeff was away so Stacy bid on it herself, she said.
Once the lot was purchased, the couple focused on a design with large windows for plentiful natural light, the use of aged, natural woods, copper and iron, to create a throwback feel, and a large patio with a fireplace for summer nights.
The kitchen is a mix of new and vintage, with wood from an old barn, a copper hood that was custom made and antique corbels that the builders built around.
“No matter how large your house is, everyone always ends up in your kitchen,” Stacy said, noting that it’s her favorite room.
The three-level home sits on 6 acres, part of which is taken up by Jeff and Aiden’s dirt biking track. The home has four bedrooms, five full baths and two half baths.
When it’s too cold to be outdoors, the Duliks enjoy their finished basement that features an expansive entertainment center built by a cousin and a bar area that feels like an Irish pub. The floors of the bar are made of barn wood, bricks line the walls, and the lighting enhances the ambiance.
“We were going for a Chicago bar feel,” Jeff said.