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A home that will take your breath away
By Kathleen Ostrander

From the welcoming circular driveway to the pool-scaped backyard, Brian Huff's home is luxurious, tasteful and elegant.

The columned home on the Rail Golf Course has a limestone exterior with a natural slate and a spectacular view of the golf course. The foyer has a stunning teardrop chandelier which, along with a double staircase with metal balusters, provides a dramatic entrance area.

Off the foyer are the living room and the formal dining room. Columns, as an architectural feature, are carried throughout the house as well as the exteriors of both the front and the back. Huff, who purchased the home from P.J. Staab, put his personal stamp on the interior with several changes.

The neutral colors were given a bit of drama with gray finishes on the walls and some faux finishes on the ceiling. Huff wanted a more dynamic color scheme in the living room and dining room, so colors in the fireplace hearth were used throughout the two rooms.

The teardrop shape of the chandelier is repeated in the wall sconces as well as in some of the crown molding to give a flow to the rooms. Hardwood floors and wood accents also help with the architectural flow.

The side of the house facing the Rail has plenty of window exposure, and the three-story fireplace as well as tall sets of cabinets in the kitchen add to a sense of soaring height and space.

The "star" of the kitchen is a La Cornue stove. La Cornue is the Rolls-Royce of kitchen ranges. Handmade in Paris of cast iron, stainless steel, solid brass and porcelain enamel, the dual oven set up features gas heat on one side and electric heat on the other. Gas is best for roasting, and electric is best for baking. The stovetop is personalized to customer preferences, and there are two storage and warming drawers at the base of the ovens.

Granite countertops, two dishwashers and cabinets with brass hardware and hinges, a refrigerator done in the same finish as the cabinets and a built-in microwave complete the perfect gourmet kitchen.

The outdoor kitchen is off of the main kitchen and down a small stairway.

The great room is next to the dining nook, and its soaring fireplace is accented with maple that contrasts with the hardwood floors. The pass-through fireplace also opens into Huff's home office, and the cherry wood desk complements the wood finish on that side of the fireplace. There are carved elephant head accents on the office side of the fireplace.

A butler's pantry near the office is nicely appointed with wood cabinets and granite countertops. Just past the office is the billiards room, which has a small table for entertaining. It opens into a bathroom with a spa tub, double vanities and tiled shower.

Upstairs, the master suite and the rooms for Huff's sons are on one side of the house, along with a stunning blue-tiled guest bathroom, and there is a set of guest bedrooms on the other side. The guest bedrooms feature a Jack-and-Jill bathroom arrangement.

The basement has a huge area for storage as well as a complete home gym, a small basketball court and a firing/archery range.

Former owner P.J. Staab had an extensive car collection, so the garage has amenities such as a small bathroom as well as a sink and a refrigerator. The painted floor has several floor drains, and large industrial fans are mounted on the ceiling.

When Huff moved into the house, there was a terraced area just out the back doors that opened onto a large lawn with swingsets and a play area.

With the help of Shaun Lambert of Lambert Pools, Huff had a pool house constructed that matches the main house. He also had a large saltwater pool with a waterfall feature added, as well as a hot tub. Lambert designed the entire area, including the landscaping, using 3-D design software.

The waterfall and pool have different lighting for the evening, and the poolhouse has surround sound with some of the speakers and controls in boulders around the landscape.

Lambert said saltwater pools are more expensive to install, but they are very low maintenance and they are better for the environment. 


Story published Friday, September 4, 2009 ( Volume 4, Number 5 )

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