2017 Centerpiece Home

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Fischer Homes Builds Largest Home Ever at the Home Show

The Rookwood is a ranch design with nearly 6,000 sq. ft. of finished living space for the 2017 Indianapolis Home Show Centerpiece Home, Fischer Homes is going big — but not necessarily high.

Fischer Homes will showcase its Rookwood design as this year’s Centerpiece Home, and for the first time it is featuring a ranch design rather than a two-story construction. This year’s Home will also showcase a unique feature, never previously built for the show — a walk-out basement.

The Rookwood features a Coastal Acadian elevation with nearly 6,000 square feet of finished living space — the largest home ever built at the Indianapolis Home Show. Home Show visitors will actually ascend a few steps to enter the main level of the house.

Boasting casual yet sophisticated spaces that evoke the feeling of a beachfront home, the Rookwood features a spacious kitchen opening into the adjoining living and dining rooms, a refined study, four bedrooms, 3½ baths and three built-in fireplaces. There is an elegant private owner’s sitting retreat along with a lower level ideal for entertaining.

As in recent years, the interior design will be by Joy Perkins of TOB Design Firm, and the exterior landscape by Calvin Landscape of Indianapolis.

“We’re proud to present this stunning ranch design from Fischer’s Grand Estates Custom collection as this year’s Centerpiece Home,” said Stephen Whaley, corporate marketing manager for Fischer Homes.
“This year’s Home Show attendees will experience a relaxed and refined home experience with coastal and natural influences inside and outside the home.”

“Since we expanded into the Indianapolis market seven years ago, our success and continued growth has raised the standard in quality and customer experience. We’re so pleased to again partner with the Home Show on creating an amazing Centerpiece Home for attendees,” said Indianapolis Market President for Fischer Homes Brad Kriner.

“We try to bring something different to the table every year for the Centerpiece Home, and I really think Home Show patrons are going to be delighted by the Rookwood,” said Home Show Manager Laura Groninger. “This will be the largest Centerpiece Home yet, and I know all our guests will be amazed.”

Landscaping comes courtesy of Calvin Landscape in Indianapolis.

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Natural Retreat Inside 2017 Centerpiece Home
Joy Perkins from TOB Design Firm customizes Rookwood Centerpiece Home

To bring a feeling of relaxed elegance to the 2017 Centerpiece Home at the Indianapolis Home Show, interior designer Joy Perkins of TOB Design Firm pursued a nautical theme in keeping with the Rookwood Coastal Acadian design from Fischer Homes. Look for plenty of blue, soothing colors, shiplap patterns and natural woods and stone throughout the ranch-style house with an expansive finished basement.

“If I was building a home, I’d choose the Rookwood. That’s how much I like it,” Perkins said. “The colors are inspired by the sand and the sea, which are natural complements. Each room has its own personality.”

The study just off the main entrance is a little less formal than in previous years, reflecting a space the entire family can use. Blue leather chairs are set off by navy trim on the walls, with light-colored wood on the floors to portray the coastal theme.

In the boy’s bedroom, the bunk beds look like bunks inside an old sailing ship with cables and ladder, and more shiplap on the walls. The girl’s room resembles a beach cottage with a chest for clothes, hammock chair, pinkish walls and a sunny mural.

A barrel ceiling passage leads to the great room, which melds into the kitchen and breakfast room. There are cedar beams across the shiplap ceiling, and a stone fireplace with ottomans in front and floating cedar shelves on either side. A low-profile sectional is joined by cocktail tables made from reclaimed wood and stone. The kitchen features seagrass blinds, quartz countertops, a navy stovetop hood and 120-inch kitchen bench.

In the master suite, a large space is warmed up with textural details, such as a bed wall in blue and a coffered ceiling with two-tone paint. A light-colored bed is joined by stone-topped nightstands with a grass cloth backdrop. A sitting area features two-toned chaises and a drink cart. The centerpiece of the master bath is a freestanding farmhouse tub. Navy walls and light-colored cabinets complement a herringbone tile pattern in the shower. 

The 63-inch round dinner table with bleached wood linen chairs is surrounded by spaced shiplap in the walls of soft gray. Arched cabinets in black metal receive the light of an organic chandelier of frosted teardrop glass.

The finished basement is decorated as “a place for every day,” Perkins said. “We’re going to make it extremely inviting down there.”

Look for a huge, sexy sectional in vintage whiskey leather, zinc and wood tables and a chevron media cabinet in front of a big-screen TV. The game room features a ping pong table and a show-stopping foosball table made of reclaimed wood and cast iron. The bistro area boasts a stone fireplace, low-maintenance surfaces, floating shelves with anchor cabinets in between and leather bar stools. A conversation pit around the gray stone fireplace utilizes leather and burlap chairs. There’s also a wine cellar with the doors taken off so guests can appreciate the beauty of the bottles, and a guest bedroom and bath.

“I just can’t wait for Home Show guests to see what Joy Perkins and her team at TOB Design Firm have dreamed up for this year’s Centerpiece Home,” said Indianapolis Home Show Manager Laura Groninger. “The Rookwood from Fischer Homes is just an amazing vessel for Joy’s concept of a welcoming, homey living space that impresses without seeming like it’s trying.”
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Centerpiece Home Outdoors Impresses and Soothes Outdoor spaces for Centerpiece Home come courtesy of Calvin Landscape
For the fourth year in a row, Calvin Landscape is creating an outdoor living space and landscape design for the Centerpiece Home at the Indianapolis Home Show. To complement the casual sophistication of the Rookwood Coastal Acadian from Fischer Homes, owner Jim Calvin and his team have come up with a design that makes maximum use of every square foot of greenery or paving.

The Rookwood features a Coastal Acadian elevation with nearly 6,000 square feet of finished living space, including a magnificent basement ideal for entertaining. Guests will actually ascend a series of steps and landings to reach the main level of the ranch style Rookwood. The entranceway is courtesy of North Indy Fence Deck and Rail.

“Because this is the first ranch home that’s been featured as the Centerpiece Home in a long time, that means we have to accommodate a raised elevation for the finished basement,” Calvin said. “So Home Show visitors can really see how to maximize the utility and beauty outside a home with a larger footprint.”

Home Show visitors can expect a great deal of variation in colors and textures for the vegetation, with a soft brown tone for the pavers. Out back, a wooden pergola with a roof that tapers toward the sky will create an amphitheater look, set off by columns of stone. A masonry fireplace with wood storage boxes on each side and a stone bench with pillows will complete the relaxed look in that section.

The backyard path will continue around to another distinct outdoor living space, capped with a six-foot fireplace with a water feature surrounding it that includes champagne bubblers. More stone seating and boulders will surround a built-in BBQ grill area with stone countertops and table, topped with another pergola.

“Jim Calvin and his team have come up with one eye-pleasing design after another, so there was no question about bringing them back for the Centerpiece Home again this year,” said Indianapolis Home Show Manager Laura Groninger. “We really think the Rookwood is going to be one of the most memorable designs we’ve ever had — both inside and out.”