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Built for Family

Jenifer and Eugene Han’s custom-built home has many functional and energy-efficient features that make it a great spot for raising their kids

By Savannah Waszczuk – Article Compliments of 417 Magazine

While searching for a new home, the Han family had trouble finding something that fit their needs. Although they originally thought they didn’t want to build, Jenifer and Eugene, who are both lawyers in Springfield, eventually decided that building a custom home would be the best option. There was only one requirement—they wanted Terri and Gary Herman of Herman & Associates, Inc. to build it for them. The Hermans accepted and completed the project in 10 months.

The new home is located in Highland Springs, just like their old home, and the decision to stay in the neighborhood was not a tough choice. “My husband and son, Tyler, love to golf, and we wanted to be in that neighborhood,” Jenifer says. They chose a lot that was filled with trees, which they love. And they built a home that is certified as a Gold-Level Green Home by the National Association of Home Builders.

The couple also designed the space to be accommodating to their kids, 3-year-old Sarah and 7-year-old Tyler, so many of the home features they chose for the space made sense from both a green perspective and a kid-friendly perspective. The lights in the kids’ rooms, and several other areas, are motion-sensor, so if they’re left on, they’ll go off automatically. And the cork flooring on the home’s second level isn’t hard like tile, so it’s perfect for the kids to play around on. It’s also a much greener option than carpet. Other green aspects of the home include the use of VOC-free paint, spray foam insulation and locally produced exterior building materials. And they all work to create a beautiful space that’s not only energy efficient, but also functional for the Han family.

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Kitchen
The wood floors in the kitchen and the home’s lower level are made from locally sourced oak. The kitchen features quartz counter-tops, which Jenifer chose over granite because quartz doesn’t have to be sealed. “We didn’t want to put any chemicals on a surface we would be placing food on,” Jenifer says. Fritz Designs and Concepts designed the cabinetry in the space, made of white-washed wood, and the sink features a touch faucet. “It’s super convenient for washing dishes and cooking,” Jenifer says.

The couple added color to the family room with a bright piece of wall art from Good Girl Art Gallery, and the space’s drapery and throw pillows help carry the shades throughout. This is the family’s TV room, and it’s also a spot where the kids play. The home’s open floor plan makes it connected to the kitchen and living room. “Everything flows from one area to another,” Jenifer says. “I can be in the kitchen and know where the kids are, even if they’re upstairs.”
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Family Room
The couple added color to the family room with a bright piece of wall art from Good Girl Art Gallery, and the space’s drapery and throw pillows help carry the shades throughout. This is the family’s TV room, and it’s also a spot where the kids play. The home’s open floor plan makes it connected to the kitchen and living room. “Everything flows from one area to another,” Jenifer says. “I can be in the kitchen and know where the kids are, even if they’re upstairs.”
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Living Room
The home’s front door leads to the living room. Jenifer and Eugene wanted the space to have an elegant feel and a natural aspect, so they included large windows and doors that show through to the backyard. This room, along with the dining room, are the most formal spaces in the home. The furniture, fireplace and cabinetry give it a traditional look, and a Julie Blackmon photograph that hangs above the fireplace adds a fun touch to the space. The family uses the space for reading books with the kids, whose books are displayed on the room’s bookshelves.
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Master Bedroom Suite
Neutral tones create a calm atmosphere in the master bedroom. The space features windows that face the back of the home, and a fireplace is located above the room’s bookshelf. The art in the room is from Good Girl Art Gallery, as is much of the art in the home. The attached master bathroom features blue-green walls, which brighten the space. “Since the bedroom is kind of calm, we wanted something a little more upbeat,” Jenifer says. The bathroom also features custom-built cabinets and recycled glass counter-tops.

Tyler’s Room
Tyler’s room is located on the second level of the home and features cork floors. “We wanted something that was warm and kind of a sound barrier like carpet,” Jenifer says. “Cork is a natural sound barrier.” Tyler’s room features neutral-toned walls. Artwork, his blue bedding and his toy collection add pops of color to the space.

Exterior
With the help of her mother, Jenifer Han incorporated many native plants into the home’s landscaping. The Hans have rain barrels for gathering precipitation. Those barrels feature hoses, so the Hans can easily water the trees and flowers in the yard. Also, the drains around the house route extra water into a drainage area. The backyard features a floating deck with a seating area and lots of shade. Jenifer says she loves the shade because she can let the kids play outside without worrying about them getting too much sun. During the building process, they tried to cut down as few trees as possible, and the trees that were cut were turned into mulch on-site. This mulch was placed around surrounding trees to protect them during the construction process.