by Matt Keating | photos by The Home Aesthetic


Kristen Hale-Shaffer, co-owner of Kent Shaffer Homes Inc., Indianapolis, said she was proud of their custom home construction business being featured prominently at the Home-A-Rama House in Chatham Hills, and winning the People’s Choice award in the Home-A-Rama Builder’s Show.

She is also excited that clients greatly appreciate Kent Shaffer Homes’ Smart Home Packages. For the last 30 years, Kent Shaffer has been the gold standard of custom home construction in central Indiana.

“We have top of the line commercial appliances with custom ranges and hoods,” Hale-Shaffer said. “We offer custom railing and real rain heads in the home’s master shower, or in a steam shower in the basement bath.”

Kent Shaffer Homes also offers hand made brick on home exteriors, James Hardie Exterior Trim & Siding; Energy Star Appliances; and two stage high efficiency furnace/tankless water heaters with a circulating system.


For this year’s Home-A-Rama, Kent Shaffer Homes decided to build a Modern Farmhouse.

“We built on what is perhaps the best lot in Chatham Hills, overlooking the Pete Dye Golf Course,” Hale-Shaffer stated. “The design makes use of the home’s location by using several large picture windows that bring the outdoors into your living room.”

Soft cedar and handmade Carolina brick on the exterior lend an upscale and elegant approach to the classic Farmhouse elevation.

“Inside, an open-floor plan and sophisticated finishes blend harmoniously to make this a truly ‘livable’ and functional home,” Hale-Shaffer said. “From your gorgeous chef’s kitchen, you can look out on the living room and dining room as your children do their homework, or guests mingle.”

A walk-out basement with daylight windows gives the basement entertaining area a first floor feel.

“The living area extends outside, as a patio extends from the master bedroom to the main outdoor living space,” Hale-Shaffer stated. “This showcase will be a home you can’t wait to return to each day.”

Kristen noted that the soft white facade, aged brick and cedar creates a sophisticated elegance. “James Hardie Exterior Trim & Siding did an excellent job!”

“We felt it important to carry that same appeal to the interior, infusing impressive details where needed, giving each space an eclectic, artistic finishing touch,” Hale-Shaffer said. “Adding exterior elements to the interior grounds the home with the use of stone, wood and metal.” Organic and textural finishes capture your eye and bring a feeling of calm, creating an easy-living atmosphere. This home is current, while giving a wink and nod to the classic farmhouse.

“Our Farmhouse is a pleasant mixology, where timeless design is remembered and blended with modern conveniences. Our intent was to invent inviting spaces which embrace you with an enveloping hug. Welcome Home!”

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