Just a little over a year ago, Ken and Patti Dickert found themselves contemplating tearing down their old cottage and downsizing. With two homes totaling 5,550 square feet, they wanted to build a new, smaller home that would be perfect for retirement. They knew this was a big undertaking, but after listening to their needs and wants, Craig drew up a floor plan that utilized every inch of space in their new home.
“The most common compliment we get is ‘This home is beautiful, warm and cozy, it’s the perfect size,’ this is exactly what we asked for. Other builders we had talked to wanted us to build bigger; Craig was the only one who listened to us and provided the plan that was right for us. We will always be grateful for his input on design and utilization of space,” Patti said. With a large family that comes to visit often, it was important to them to have plenty of space to entertain while maximizing the beautiful views of the outdoors.
Their floor plan is ideal for a home with a lake view. Their home boasts beautiful large windows that bring the outdoors in and an added enclosed porch is a great place to entertain. The home has splendid high ceilings and arches. The beautiful floor to ceiling stone fireplace really warms the entire home. This and the custom cabinetry give their home an old world charm, completed by a large kitchen island that creates the perfect space for the family to sit, relax and enjoy the view. Their dining room was custom designed around an old antique buffet. They wanted a master bath on the first floor which left the second floor open for guest bedrooms and a bonus room above the garage. This home provides ample space to host guests and relax alongside the spectacular lake.
“The James Craig team is amazing. From start to finish the customer service cannot be matched. The team focuses on customer satisfaction, style, and beauty, and they built us a home with a comfortable feel. Dave took care of us from the demolition of our old cottage through framing. We had a pretty rough Wisconsin winter that he brought us through with an upbeat attitude. Troy took it from framing all the way to the end. He is fun, easy going and extremely attentive to all of the questions, concerns, and changes we did along the way. It was nice to have Brenda, the interior designer, to help confirm our decisions as well as manage our time and budget,” Patti said. “Every subcontractor seemed to give a considerable amount of attention to our building needs. The quality of our home from the foundation up is fantastic. Craig puts you in the hands of great people but is fully engaged in the process as well. He really wants you to be engaged in the building process and enjoy your time. We did! We will remain friends with Craig and his team for a long time to come. Not only do we love our James Craig Home we love our James Craig Team!”
-Ken and Patti Dickert