Home Is Where the View Is: Ferguson Real Estate
By Julie Craig // Photos by Jamison Mosley
A third-generation of builders, Ferguson Real Estate Homes of Central Arkansas proves top-level homes with million-dollar views can be built for a fraction of the price.
It’s a phenomenal homebuilding legacy. In fact, when you hear the name “Ferguson” around town, you automatically think of the word “home.” Three generations of skilled artisans who began with a craft — a dream that all started with the build of one house when founder Randy Ferguson wanted to “be a good neighbor” and help build a house. And now the entire family of sons, brothers, husbands and wives builds dreams for others across the region. Founder Randy and his wife, Pat; Rick; Brock and his wife, Kate (interior designer with DeYmaz Design Group); and Jack are part of a team of Fergusons who make home magic happen.
Brock and Kate have worked hand in hand on the latest land of “enchantment” — dubbed Lakeview West, located 15 minutes outside of west Little Rock in Roland on a ridge overlooking Lake Maumelle — with “million-dollar views for a fraction of the price.” From kitchens with panoramic views to scenic lots that rival all others and city living in a country setting, Lakeview West is truly about family, views and homes.
This 2,900-square-foot home, in particular, was one of the first five homes built in Lakeview West, pioneering the development. When designing the floorplan and exterior style, the Ferguson team’s priority was to emphasize the views in every room with breathtaking panorama as the guide toward all decisions involving window sizes and placement. “Maximizing natural lighting and ability [is key] for one to connect with nature throughout their day to day lives,” Kate says.
[As builders and designers], we are wildly influenced and intrigued by biophilia,” she continues. Biophilic design is a concept connecting buildings with the natural environment, whether it’s the use of water, natural light, ventilation and other natural features such as landscaping. Overall, the intent is to create a cohesive environment that draws others to connect with nature. “We all are a bit biophilic — some more than others, of course. We tend to seek nature to relax, be at peace or broaden our perspective. We were created without shoes and without barriers to the world, so it makes complete sense that in our modern age, we look outside to improve our inner perspective.”
For this home project, the goal was “to create an affordable home that draws others to connect to nature without needing to drive, go or look too far,” Brock says. “One’s backyard becomes the very place they seek out the most to recharge.”
So what makes Lakeview West really all that special? It’s pretty easy for Brock to sum it up. “The unique thing [about this subdivision] is the flat lots sitting up on the ridge overlooking Lake Maumelle. Typically on a ridge, homes are sloped or built up against it, but here at Lakeview West, we are able to ensure the homes themselves are flat with incredible backyards that allow one to build their dream home and configure it to suit their needs the best.”
This home with a view truly takes the open concept to the next level, with all the main rooms connecting to one spectacular view. The open space looks out at Pinnacle Mountain, the islands in Lake Maumelle, Bear Den Mountain, Twin Pinnacles, Alotian Golf Club and the Ouachita Forest without having to move a muscle. Just on the edge of the city, the panoramic views are both breathtaking and extraordinary.
And once inside, it’s easy to get swept away by an interior palette of warm and inviting tones — from the flow of natural mortar-toned walls to the subtle, yet bold accents of texture by the use of natural materials from room to room.
But, perhaps the most eye-catching feature of all is the extra-long, twin-sized day bed, found to the right of the fireplace. This feature was built intentionally to accent the incredible window above and showcase the jaw-dropping views. Across the way is the kitchen and hood, with a porcelain backsplash selected specifically for the space. The movement throughout this piece mimics the similar movement seen directly to the left, the stunning Ouachita Mountain range.
The lighting throughout the home is used in a way that draws interest, energy and has a unique effect. With almost all recessed lighting on dimmers, at nighttime “there is a sense of tranquility and energy found when walking from space to space,” Kate says.
Quartz countertops are used throughout because of their “extreme durability,” which makes the Ferguson team confident in using them in all homes. “In the master bath, in particular, we wanted to do something unique that calls for a luxurious feel,” Kate says. “We mitered the edges significantly and dropped the cabinets to be deeper drawers, creating a unique vanity design that we have not seen in this market!”
Custom-designed kitchen cabinets add a special touch, with materials like leathered quartz, a porcelain slab backsplash and driftwood pieces underneath the bar to add a bit of laid-back luxury to the overall space.
“It’s bittersweet turning a project over and entering the completion phase,” Kate says. “For us, in particular, there is so much more to what we do than just build a home. From picking the lot and clearing it, to designing every inch of the home, and finally breaking ground, we do it all. Lakeview West has been years in the making, so it feels incredible to finish the first few homes, and we are thrilled to see it develop.
“We are incredibly blessed to work alongside one another and our family; it’s a dream come true,” Brock says. “There is no greater pride than working hard for your family. When you are working for your family and with one another daily, the level of pressure to serve, achieve and honor one another is uniquely heightened. Though working with/for family isn’t for everyone, our greatest asset is actually one another.”
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