Incorporating Original Items into Thoughtful Design Transforms Home Into Personality

has a thing about doors.

A nature lover and traveler, she also has a thing about rustic beauty and bringing in the elements of nature into her home. So when she used John Matteson Custom Homes to build her new house, she knew the design would be built around those special items she loved.

Using reclaimed wood and repurposed items, the new home incorporated items that normally would be thrown away and used them as key elements. Not only is the home beautifully unique, it’s eco-friendly.

“We have traveled a lot, and we enjoy the outdoors. We like old things and repurposed items, so we purchased an old barn and wanted to use those materials in the house,” Kerri says about her 8,000-square-foot French farmhouse-style home.

In her former home, Kerri loved the old antique green door that her family and friends walked through daily.

“We spent a lot of time to find unique doors, and we knew it would be hard for the builders to work that into the design, but they did,” Kerri says. 

The home features a walk-out basement and play area, four bedrooms, two indoor/outdoor rooms, a memorabilia room, two main living areas and a pool house. Kerri didn’t want a formal dining room and instead incorporated a dining table and couch from Urban Farmhouse in one of the indoor/outdoor rooms.

She used accessories like mirrors and high-wing back chairs from Reclaimed Warehouse to add touches of nostalgia.

“We love to bring the outdoors in, and we love the vintage look of things that have been around for awhile,” Kerri says. “We had items we found and held onto that we wanted to use in the home.”

Because the Benns often host guests and church gatherings at their home, they wanted a place where people could gather, talk and laugh. The basement area is designed for her teenage children to use as well with five televisions, a pool table, dart boards, pingpong tables and a sports bar.

“We aren’t super formal people, and our home is just perfect for us,” Kerri says. “We honor God with this house.”

The Benn home and John Matteson Custom Homes were featured on the show “Builders International,” which aired earlier this year.