by Christy Heitger-Ewing / photos by Graham Photography

When Kent Shaffer Homes was invited to participate in the 2020 Home-A-Rama in Holliday Farms, they chose to design a 7,700 sq. ft. modern-industrial style home that blends steel with stone and cyprus. The exterior mixes channel rustic cedar siding with regular James Hardie artisan siding to give it a warmer feel than you typically find on a modern home. They also added custom aluminum awnings in the front, which provides a highly unique look.

“It’s a neat feature most people haven’t seen before,” says Kristen Shaffer-Hale, CEO of Kent Shaffer Homes.

On the inside they kept with the modern-industrial style by using exposed steel beams in the kitchen and basement. In addition, they included custom metal work throughout the house, such as a stainless steel hood in the kitchen, metal railings, and metal shelving in the lower level bar.

“The mixture of the steel, metal and windows really give it that modern-industrial feel,” says Shaffer-Hale. At the same time, the Shaffer team made sure to infuse warmth into the home by introducing warmer colors, shiplap & wood beams in the main floor great room.

“That’s something we strive to do in each of our houses – to create a welcoming environment that makes a house feel like a home,” says Hale, noting that this particular one has a number of features that won’t be found elsewhere. For instance, the study has Pecky Cyprus wood ceilings, not a very common wood. And in the kitchen, they installed three different colored cabinets – white, charcoal and maple.

“A lot of times you’ll see two colors in the kitchen, and we decided to go with three,” says Shaffer-Hale. “With the home show, we like doing things people don’t see every day.”

Homeowners will also love that this home enables them to control the HVAC, security, audio & video, and lighting from their smart phone.

There are many more distinctive elements in this 5-bedroom, 7-bath, 3.5 car garage home such as a hot-rolled steel fireplace, custom brick walls, warm oak flooring, and a walk-in butler’s pantry. There’s also an exercise/Zen room in the basement, contemporary wine racks in the cellar, and a golf cart garage door that exits onto the golf course.

The extensive window package throughout the house highlights phenomenal views of the golf course. With floor-to-ceiling windows and 12’ ceilings throughout the main floor, and 14’ ceiling in the great room the home feels remarkably open. There is even a folding door that exposes the great room, dining room, and kitchen to the outdoor living area.

“The open concept means that when you are hosting parties or having family over, the outdoors flows in,” says Shaffer-Hale. In addition, the back porch has automated screens that can be switched out in the fall and winter.

If you are looking for builder who can help you create a home that is strikingly different, connect with the team at Kent Shaffer Homes online at