River Rock Builders Crafts a Family Home Full of Fun and Function for a Successful Searcy Couple
Truly a majestical wonder built on 11 acres of land in Searcy, the home of Ben and Alex Hollowell is another visual masterpiece built by Keith Wingfield and River Rock Builders. With 7,000 square feet of heated and cooled space, it was once again about location, location, location for Wingfield. After all, that’s what this building team is known for around Central Arkansas. Dream houses are brought to life. State of the art, energy-efficient and always a sweet location.
“We were able to work with the homeowners to find the best location on the property to build the home, along with the extensive landscaping, pool and play areas,” Wingfield says. “We also located a photovoltaic system on the ground to produce all of the electricity needed by the home.”
Amazing exteriors are River Rock’s specialty, of course, taking in the surroundings as inspiration, always.
“We used a combination of masonry brick veneer and stucco to create a unique Neo-Colonial architectural style blending both Georgian and Federal architecture in a wooded setting,” says Wingfield. “These exterior materials are durable and sustainable and low maintenance.”
What more could a homeowner want? Perhaps, energy efficiency is top of mind.
River Rock builds using only sustainable design and materials, and this home is no exception.
“This is the second home we’ve built to a Net Zero rating … and we have followed LEED guidelines to hopefully achieve a Gold rating once the final submittals have been reviewed and checked,” Wingfield says.
“This project is right in our wheelhouse of builds,” Wingfield says. “We utilized our scheduling and selection software to make sure we had the correct materials where they belonged.
“Lots of details were involved, but we were able to work through them thanks to Ryan Renard and I, who split the duties of project management.”
While both COVID-19 and an extremely wet spring delayed much of the work for the first several months, the team persisted and completed the entire process in just 18 months, including shipping delays for materials.
“We are always satisfied when the customer is satisfied,” Wingfield says. “It’s really that simple. We try to make it as stress-free as possible, but it’s a challenge at times, especially with supply chain issues that we’ve had during COVID.”
Those long-awaited materials would go not only toward a magnificent home build, but useful outdoor features as well.
Ben is the president of a major software distributor in the mid-south region, based here in Arkansas; and Alex, raised in Searcy, is an attorney and full-time mom to the couple’s two small girls. With that in mind, the home’s surroundings had to have plenty of outdoor activity space.
“It has a beautiful pool and play area set in a handy space just off the large, rear-covered patio, complete with motorized screens and an outdoor kitchen,” Wingfield says. “It’s great for year-round entertaining and fun.”
Inside, the stately entry offers a crossbeam coffered ceiling detail that is mirrored by the wood floor inlay. The large-scaled light fixture adds to the grand impact of the entry — setting the tone for a beautiful home, inside and out.
“I really like the 12-foot coffered ceiling in the great room and kitchen area,” says Lindsey Raney of Lindsey Raney Interiors. “It’s just so very elegant.”
Grays, blues and creamy whites, paired with textural fabrics and rugs, were chosen to provide an “elevated comfort” feel. Raney worked with the Hollowells to help create the inviting space they envisioned from the start.
A beautiful Calcutta white quartz slab was chosen for the kitchen countertops, paired with a subtle light cyan elongated picket tile backsplash. The combination of beautiful neutrals made for the perfect match.
Quartz was selected for its durability and beautiful tones that accent the spacious bath area. A tonal subway tile installed in a herringbone pattern gives the shower an elevated feel. For flooring, the homeowners chose a combination of prefinished hardwood along with porcelain tile and LVT for the harsh wear areas of the detached garage. And, of course, LED bulbs fill every space for ample — and efficient — lighting.
“First and foremost, it’s a family home, so as the two girls grow up, many friends will be able to enjoy the playroom, playground and swimming pool,” Raney says. “Of course, mama and daddy have all the elements for great entertaining as well. So, in the end, all is good!”