Where We Live: Countryside home with ‘contemporary edge’

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With old world charm, distinctive architecture nestled in wooded landscape, the house at 8231 Nature’s Way could remind some of a home on a European countryside instead of Williamsburg.   

It’s exactly the look homeowners Richard and Linda Tolbert wanted when they had the structure built in 2006.

“We tried to get a little different look than Colonial Williamsburg. We tried to do a little European influence with a little contemporary edge on it,” Richard Tolbert said.

The Tolberts designed the 5,370-square-foot home with an attached apartment behind it for Linda Tolbert's parents. They had lost their home in Gulf Shores, Ala., due to a hurricane.

“We had a great time doing this, with them in mind, and they participated. We let them pick and choose appliances and everything in their part of the house, and they enjoyed it, and had a great time doing that,” Richard Tolbert said.

The home has four bedrooms and five bathrooms, with the entire downstairs heated through radiant heat emitted from the flooring.

“You can set the temperature in every room,” Richard Tolbert added.

He says the layout makes the house easy to live in.

“The master bedroom, the great room, dining room, kitchen, breakfast room. Just that portion, is really easy living," he said.

The house is also suitable for entertaining and gives the couple great flexibility, he added. The couple once organized a fundraiser and had as many as 120 guests inside, including a band and a dance floor.

One of the more impressive aspects of the house is the scale of the home, Richard Tolbert said.

“The thing that appealed to us... [is] the scale of the exterior,” he added. "You come inside and you get the scale of some of the things going on inside."

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