From Boring 90s House to Stylish Family Home | Season 3

Written by Jenny Marrs on . Posted in .

Stan Zylowski is not a plain guy, and he’s been living in a rather plain house. He and his two boys, Simon and Cooper, lead a life with a love for baseball, gaming, and inviting friends over. Stan and the boy’s mom are co-parenting and Stan really wanted to ensure his boys have two homes, rather than “home” and “dad’s house”.

Stan knows his boys will be off to college in a few years and wanted to make turn this ordinary house into an extraordinary home where he and his sons can embrace and enjoy all the things they love to do together now. And, while this location gives them easy access to downtown Bentonville restaurants and schools, the home itself lacked any charming curb appeal and had a layout that just didn’t go with their gaming-and-hosting lifestyle. 

Exterior

BEFORE

This home needed the feel of a modern cottage. So going with that idea, and incorporating a baseball theme throughout, I chose a dark green board and batten cement siding for the exterior, complete with a charming white trim, just like the colors on a baseball field. This gave the house a sharp, contemporary appearance with brand-new curbside appeal.

To really hit a home run, I had the custom “Zylowski Home Plate” created and inlaid into the cement on the new, larger front porch. Right away, features like the arbor, large window, and lights on the garage turned this plain house into a welcome cottage.

AFTER

SOURCES

Exterior Sconce Lighting | Kichler Lighting 

Landscaping | Ground Effects Landscaping

Exterior Siding Paint Color | Farrow & Ball Studio Green

Exterior Trim and Door Paint Color | Farrow & Ball Pointing 

Dining Room

BEFORE

We knew this house needed some changes to the layout to turn it into the ideal home for Stan and his boys. One of the main things Stan told us he needed was a dedicated space for a dinner table for him and his boys (and all of their friends). So, we turned the front room into a dining room that served a dual function: a place to eat and a place to hang out.

Taking an idea from Stan’s affinity for bourbon lounges, Dave built a custom banquette seating set, complete with leather seatbacks inspired by the supple texture and appearance of a worn baseball glove. These elements plus new lighting, new paint, and wood flooring created a cozy entry—right off the bat. 

AFTER

SOURCES

Pendant | Rejuvenation 

Dining Table & Art | Howse

Faux Leather Fabric | M Grace at Home

Wall and Trim Paint Color | Farrow & Ball Pointing

Kitchen

BEFORE

This kitchen had a lot of space but needed an upgrade. We transformed it by changing…everything. This kitchen was modernized with custom cabinetry, new flooring, lighting, and a complete opening into the living room.

To extend the baseball theme, Dave built a custom pantry cabinet with hickory wood (one of the types of woods baseball bats are made out of) and we painted the cabinets a shade of sage: colors reminiscent of a baseball field. I chose cabinet hardware that has the feel of a baseball bat, as well. A concrete trowel backsplash and concrete countertops with a give a modern twist to this masculine and sophisticated kitchen.  

A massive, indestructible island with waterfall edges was poured by our favorite concrete artisan, Jason Pledger is just what was needed in this house of boys. Stan loves to cook, and the new counter space knows almost no bounds! 

To extend this lounge ambiance into the kitchen, we added a special surprise. Dave built a hidden bourbon lift set inside the island that, with the push of a button, rises up ready to serve. We had such fun watching Stan see it for the first time.

AFTER

SOURCES

Concrete Countertops | Forever Concrete Design

Island Lighting | West Elm

Vintage Rug Runner | Turkish Trunk

Gas Range | Metro Appliances

Dishwasher | Metro Appliances

Cabinet Paint Color | Farrow & Ball Card Room Green

Living Room

BEFORE

We tore down the wall that separated the living room from the kitchen, and with several features, segued the area into a space that had the feel of a baseball clubhouse.

Stan had a desire for a bourbon-and-leather-themed room. Wainscoting on the walls brought warm vibes to this now-sophisticated living area. Complete with new lighting and flooring, we hope this space will offer relaxation and plenty of quality family time.

Stan and his sons’ favorite baseball team is in St. Louis, so we created built-ins with the city’s famous arch in mind. The wood flooring and leather furniture took this room to the next level.

AFTER

SOURCES

Custom Artwork | Buddy Whitlock

Furniture | Howse

Ceiling Fan | Kichler

Wood Flooring | Flooring America

Wainscoting Paint Color | Farrow & Ball Down Pipe

Wall Paint Color | Farrow & Ball Pointing

Main Bedroom and Closet

BEFORE

This main bedroom needed a changed layout so it wouldn’t be an awkward path to the home’s backyard. By removing the exterior door, we were able to add a spacious, walk-in closet.

Wainscoting on the walls pulled the room together and gave it a consistent look with the living room. The end result is a sophisticated, masculine bedroom with rich hues that are consistent with the rest of the house.

AFTER

SOURCES

Ceiling Fan | Kichler 

Furniture, Rug & Artwork | Howse

Closet Runner | Turkish Trunk

Wall Paint Color | Farrow & Ball Green Smoke

Wainscoting Paint Color | Studio Green

Four Seasons Room

BEFORE

Stan wanted a home where his sons’ friends would all want to come and hang out (that’s what all the teenagers’ parents want, right?). This is the area that allowed us to really flex our creative muscles on this project. It’s the only place where we added on to the house, extending it just enough to fit the lot and take advantage of the outdoor space.

We created a screened porch for use year-round as a gaming room, perfect for teenagers to play with friends or just hang out. We chose unbreakable vinyl windows that extend from floor to ceiling. These can be opened, closed, or used with screens—essential for the weather through all the Arkansas seasons. Using vinyl instead of glass protects from home runs swinging in from the outfield that is the Zylowskis’ backyard.

To create more space, we removed existing closets and added a new entry to the back porch. Dave customized an old set of lockers to house all of the boy’s gaming necessities which took this Dad-approved teenage hangout to a whole new level. We were so excited to see how the boys would react to this amazing new room!

One more surprise we had for the boys were the handmade baseball bats Dave carved out of oak. He made a bat for Stan and each of his boys to use and keep forever! 

AFTER

SOURCES

Ceiling Fan | Kichler Lighting

Furniture | Howse

Stacking Windows | Screen Mobile 

Bat Mounting Hardware | HideitMounts

We set out to create an open, inviting, awesome home for the Zylowski crew, and I really feel we hit it out of the park! The house is no longer just a crash pad for Simon and Cooper when they’re with Stan. This is a home that fits—like a glove—the Zylowski-family lifestyle. 

Photo Credit: Mike Davello