by Christy Heitger-Ewing | photos by Graham Photography
AR Homes by Christopher Scott has a unique process that’s different from the average custom build. It all gets a jump start by reviewing their plan collection with each client, rather than starting from scratch.
“We like to say, ‘Start with ours and make it yours.’ Our 100+ plan collection is already priced and designed, ready to modify for our clients,” says Scott Bates, co-owner of Christopher Scott Homes. “It’s the shorter, easier path to a custom home design and also allows our customers to stay within their targeted budget.”
At this year’s Home-A-Rama in Holliday Farms, Bates and his colleagues Christopher Carnell and Dan Hayes, wanted to showcase a modern design that was also warm and livable. The Newport model, named after Newport Beach, California, is a 6,600 sq. ft. home that includes an abundance of glass, modern low-pitched angle rooflines, stucco and stone exterior, and metal and glass garage doors.
Some unique features of the home include a floating stair system, a hidden pantry in the kitchen (disguised as a cabinet door), and a casual main floor sitting room with a bar that shares a two-way fireplace opposite of the great room. While these rooms connect, hidden pocket doors enable the homeowner to separate the two areas when desired.
“You can separate the kids from the adults or the men from the women – whatever you need,” says Bates with a chuckle.
Another of those eye-catching details, the floating stair system, is a metal structure with wood treads and a glass railing.
“All of the different materials really draw your eye there when you walk inside,” says Bates. Behind the stairs are windows and a stone wall that climbs to the top. In addition, the wall just adjacent to the dining room is all glass and displays wine racks.
The home has outstanding outdoor living that includes a fireplace and firepit, dining area with ample seating, and magnificent views of the golf course. While outdoor living spaces have always been popular, they are especially relevant this year in the era of COVID-19 as people seek safe ways to gather.
“This is a unique time we are in. Clients are investing more in their homes because that’s their escape, their sanctuary,” says Bates. “They’re spending a lot of time there, so they want to make both their indoor and outdoor spaces special and comfortable for family and friends.”
Not only does AR by Christopher Scott Homes have a model in Zionsville’s Holliday Farms but they also have a smaller traditional cottage style home called the Prestwick in Westfield’s Chatham Hills. Both homes are open seven days a week, Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 6 p.m.
“For anyone seeking some design inspiration, come see these models,” says Bates. “We’re excited to show off these homes in the Home-A-Rama and keep them open to the public following the show.”
The Newport is located at 10895 Holliday Farms Blvd., Zionsville. The Prestwick is located at 20879 Chatham Ridge Blvd., Westfield. To learn more about building with AR Homes or to schedule a tour at the model call (317) 523-4408.