Where We Live: Contemporary ranch home

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This contemporary, ranch-style, single-family home features 10 rooms, vaulted ceilings, panel windows, and natural light all in a single-story layout.  

The home, just off South Henry Street in Williamsburg in the Coves subdivision near the campus of College of William & Mary, was built in 1984 on a wooded lot with a pond. The home is only one mile from the Matthew Whaley Elementary, two miles from Berkeley Middle School, and about five miles from Lafayette High School.

Current homeowner Connie Desaulniers said she and her husband Marcel had decided to sell their home after his retirement as a professional chef.

“First of all, now that Marcel is retired, we are ready to consolidate and simplify,” Desaulniers said.  “Moreover, as an artist, I love the creative process of designing and building a structure.  We are now in the happy process of planning our next home.”

Desaulniers said the home has undergone many transformations since she and her husband built it in 1984 from the addition of a recreation room in 1987 and updates in the master bedroom and bathroom in 1993 to the complete renovation of the kitchen in 1998 to the delight of her husband.

The family made a memory in the home when a famous American chef stopped in for supper one night.

“We hosted Julia Child for dinner! This was before the kitchen renovation and she said that our tiny, homely kitchen was ‘very efficient,’” Desaulniers said. “She was always a very positive person.”

The home has many architectural elements which were crafted by local artisans, according to Desaulniers. The master bath features a Mondrian-inspired tile floor. Tracy Ripley of Custom Welding, Inc. built the metal columns surrounding the dining room as well as fabricating an entryway railing.

Area contractor Ted Harvey built a mahogany cabinet “reminiscent of a turtle’s back” in a guest bathroom which features a hand-laid snake mosaic spanning the room,  according to Desaulniers. The custom cabinetry in the library constructed in 2007 was built by Richard Johnston.

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The house is currently on the market. Click here to see the listing.