From Margaret Everton on September 6, 2010 in Indianapolis
After buying a piece of land atop a canal leading into the Indianapolis Geist Reservoir, Steve and Becky Schenck knew they were well on their way to creating a dream home they couldn’t imagine parting with. Teaming up with Steve Hoss of Hoss Homes, they helped create a design that partners comfortable elegance with their love of living and entertaining in the outdoors. Tucked away atop a sloping hill, the home appears to be a sprawling ranch, but actually has a lower level walkout to the backyard. In order to capitalize on their time spent outdoors, a kitchen and dining room were added to house family gatherings outside. They even installed a pool and shaded bar for big parties. Another request? Ensure that there was ample room for Steve, an employee of Merrill Lynch, to complete work projects from home. The office was given a masculine feel with the addition of mahogany floors and wood wainscoting. Becky, now retired, also has her own office with feminine touches to set it apart from the rest of the home. While dark wood accents abound in the kitchen, natural lighting pours in from the adjacent sitting room and bounces off the gleaming wood floors. An island and bar stools allow extra room for seating. Off the kitchen is the formal dining room, where a butlers pantry makes entertaining that much easier for the couple. Down the hall from Steves office is the master bedroomone made significantly better, he says, by the glass-fronted cabinets. Views of the reservoir certainly add to the ambience, while plantation shutters introduce an extra dose of privacy. With a complete fitness room in the basement, the Schencks have very little reason to leave their Geist Reservoir getaway. Something tells me thats fine by them.