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Idea Home Extras with James Hardie

See how James Hardie products played a role in the overall look and feel of Midwest Living's 2007 Idea Home.

The 2007 Midwest Living Idea Home

Built in honor of Midwest Living's 20th anniversary, the 2007 Idea Home looked to the magazine's agricultural heritage and a farmhouse aesthetic for its architectural and design inspiration. The goal was to bring the style of the rural Midwest to a new big-city home, with the help of James Hardie.

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Rustic Yet Modern

We returned to the Indianapolis area, site of our first Idea Home in 1989. In suburban Westfield, we partnered with award-winning builder Mark Gradison and innovative architectural designer Gary Nance. Mark and Gary shared our vision to craft a spacious refuge where rustic beams coexist with flat-screen TVs, and primitive accessories take the new edge off.

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Pastoral Surroundings

We built Stonelake Farm in the new Viking Meadows development, amid a former horse farm's rolling hills, woods and ponds.

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Authentic Exterior

We partnered with James Hardie to maintain the authentic, rustic feel of the home while bringing the highest level of building technology to its exterior.

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Classic Style Thanks to James Hardie

James Hardie's fiber-cement board siding (with wood battens), mixed with HardieShingles and off-white trim pieces, is a low-maintenance alternative to real wood and makes a classic design statement.

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The Whole Picture

The overall charm of this farmhouse facade comes from the sum of its carefully chosen design parts.

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In-and-Out Amenities

Our home's wooded setting encouraged the use of natural and natural-looking materials outdoors as well as in. The James Hardie siding and shingles added a rustic yet elegant look to the home.

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Pretty Particulars

Galvanized metal appears on the bracketed awning over the dining room window, on the utilitarian garage lights and on a cupola roof.

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Our Intrepid Builders

Thanks to Mark, Gary and James Hardie products, the Midwest Living 2007 Idea Home was a great success!

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