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Just outside the city of Paris, one can find stately manors and chateaus with tall arched windows, a steep roof, and on occasion, a tower. These homes embody the old world styles of French Provincial and French Country. Many of these homes were built in the 1600s and 1700s by French aristocrats in Normandy, Brittany, and Provence. In the U.S., these homes can be seen in the suburbs established in between the world wars. Most recently, these have appeared in upper-priced echelons and communities. This style puts a premium on stonework and elegant interiors to truly capture the royal-like style.

If you want to incorporate this type of country elegance into your new custom home, here are the top builders in the U.S. that are capable of high-end craftsmanship and detail. These design-build contractors and construction companies have extensive experience in creating these beautiful homes along with accolades and recognition to prove their expertise. We have selected these builders based on a number of criteria including achievements, portfolio, reviews, and press features.


Arcadia Custom Homes & Renovations

6428-A Bannington Rd. Suite A, Charlotte, NC 28226

Established in 1994, Arcadia Custom Homes and Renovations has made an indelible mark on the home building industry of North Carolina. This top-tier firm was named Custom Home Builder of the Year by the NAHB Custom Home Builders Committee for its excellence in custom home construction. The company is also recognized as the first company to construct a LEED Platinum certified home in North Carolina along with other ultraluxe homes that are models of green living.

The company is headed by Jeremy Schumacher as president and AJ Foard as vice president. Schumacher has a well-rounded background in architecture, design, development, real estate, and construction while Foard is an accredited Master Builder by the North Carolina HBA and South Carolina HBA. a Certified Green Professional by the NAHB and a LEED Green Associate by the USGBC.

Arcadia closes 12-18 fully custom homes a year ranging from $1.5-$15 million. The company uses the highest quality materials and craftsmanship available and works with the best designers and architects in greater Charlotte. Its relentless effort of getting the details right the first time has resulted in homes that are works of art. French country, English Tudor, and Mediterranean styles are some of the homes it produces.


Berardi Building Company

One Main St., Suite 9, Sparta, NJ 07871

Berardi Building Company has been renowned for building exquisite luxury custom homes in New Jersey, New York, Long Island, or Connecticut. In its three decades in the business, it has handcrafted award-winning homes under its team of the finest architects, engineers, designers, and Old World Artisans. Each ultra-luxe home is artfully planned and beautifully appointed with the finest amenities. The artisans at Berardi craft carefully hand-wrought millwork and finish moldings from their own on-site sawmill.

With its unparalleled attention to detail, the company’s impressive estates often look like the castles and manors of classical Europe. From magical 100-foot-long galleries to handcrafted staircases, the company can do it all. These are all evident in this sprawling French country estate in Franklin Lakes. It has 12,000 square feet of artisan-built living space that include palladium windows in the spacious vaulted ceiling and hand-crafted natural wood beams, archways, and woodwork.


Gabriel Builders

641 Garden Market Drive, Suite A, Travelers Rest, SC 29690

Award-winning custom home builder Gabriel Builders has stayed atop the home building scene of South Carolina with impressive homes that have been hailed the best by leading organizations. The company was named the 2014 National Custom Home Builder of the Year by the NAHB and has more than 50 national and state awards for its bespoke homes. These include NAHB South Carolina’s Pinnacle Awards, Bridge Awards, and even GuildQuality Awards. The company’s gorgeous homes can be found in sought after communities in Western North Carolina, Upstate South Carolina, and Lake Keowee.

The company has been the go-to contractor for multimillion-dollar projects of notable clients in South Carolina. With its impeccable reputation, it consistently produces timeless homes in classic forms and designs. From villas to manors, it always exceeds the expectations of its clients. A South Carolina Pinnacle Award Winner, this elegant manor in Greenville is a perfect example. It boasts light painted brick and an eclectic interior reminiscent of the New England area. The French Country home is also accompanied by a bit of Georgian style — a perfect combination of elegance and sophistication.


Golden Rule Builders

3409 Catlett Road, Catlett, VA 20119

For more than 30 years, Golden Rule Builders has created extraordinary homes that have delighted clients across Northern Virginia. GRB is at the forefront of the home building industry in the state and beyond, leading the way with eco-friendly materials and universal design concepts. GRB also offers a complete suite of home remodeling services from kitchen and bath remodeling to additions and whole house renovations. Its whole team approach in home building has the company working with the homeowner from start to finish to bring their dreams to life in — what is for many — their “forever home”. The company’s well-established processes result in projects always finished on time and within budget.

This design-build company is one of the busiest in Virginia, working on 10 -15 homes per year along with 40 to 50 remodeling jobs, including additions, bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and sunrooms. Despite the volume of work, it maintains its standard of quality throughout. Its custom homes come in the traditional, Craftsman, and French Country styles. This French Country home in Nokesville features a cool-toned exterior with its steep blue roof and light natural stone exterior.

To learn more about Golden Rule Builders and its other projects, you can visit their website here.


Grove Park Construction

7101 Sharondale Court, Suite 40, Brentwood, TN 37027

Born into a family that spans five generations of fine residential construction in Middle Tennessee, Williamson County native Brandon Jenkins launched Grove Park Construction in 2005. With a focus on focus on personal service, quality construction, and attention to detail, he steadily built high-quality homes and established a reputation for excellent custom homes. Over the decade, its houses have won awards like Best of Show, Best Design, and Best Landscape Design. The company’s creations can be found in affluent neighborhoods in Belle Meade, Forest Hills, Oak Hill, Green Hills, Brentwood, and the surrounding areas.

Grove Park Construction collaborates with the finest architects and designers to deliver unique living spaces. Many of the custom homes it has built feature elegant architectural details from European styles. It also does bespoke interior spaces like glass ceilings, wine cellars, indoor putting greens, and anything the client can imagine. Here, a French country-inspired home combines rustic and refined in its elegant exterior and warm interiors.


Hobbs, Inc.

27 Grove St., New Canaan, CT 06840

For 65 years, Hobbs Inc. has been making beautifully appointed homes across New York and Connecticut. It has worked with renowned architects, designers, craftsmen, and suppliers in the industry, and has associated itself with the NAHB, Association of General Contractors (AGC), and the Home Builders and Remodelers Association (HBRA) of Fairfield County and Connecticut. It regularly undertakes multi-million dollar projects since many high-end clients come to Hobbs for the first-class craftsmanship it puts into every detail, from elegant woodworking and hand-worked masonry to the structural integrity of the home.

Hobbs, Inc. has earned many accolades, including CT Cottages & Gardens Innovation in Design Awards, tons of HOBI awards, and a Pacesetter Award from Custom Home. Impressively, it has also been named ‘Custom Builder of the Year’ by Custom Home Magazine and won the award for ‘Remodeled Home of the Year’ from the Connecticut Home Building Industry Awards. Additionally, its exquisite homes have graced the pages of leading magazines like Luxe, AtHome, Architectural Digest, Hamptons Cottage and Garden, and Custom Home Magazine.

A fine example of the company’s caliber in homebuilding is this exquisite Long Island Sound waterfront residence. Native fieldstone and limestone were used while incorporating French elements such as flared roofs, arched dormers, handcrafted iron railings and balconies. European and Asian sensibilities complement each other with formal, family and meditative spaces both inside and outside.


J Paul Builders

1 Reserve Circle, Suite 100, Baltimore, MD 21208

J Paul Builders has been building custom homes and remodeling luxury homes in Baltimore since 1991. It creates homes that match every lifestyle through a perfected collaborative method with its clients. In its 5 Simple Steps, the company joins the homeowner through every step of the home building journey, from a listening and idea session to the completion of the house. Its gorgeous homes have landed on pages of Dwell, Architectural Digest, Luxe, Home & Design, Baltimore Style, and the Baltimore Sun.

The company is an expert in creating enduring homes in the Old World, European, and modern contemporary styles. Natural materials like stone and wood abound in its masterpieces, like this French country estate home. Its timeless stone exterior is reminiscent of old-world French country tradition and evokes grace and warmth, blending elegance and modern craftsmanship. The thoughtfully custom-built home also has an equally stunning interior, set against a sprawling, historic golf community.


Jarrod Smart Construction Company

820 E. Amidon St., Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Sioux Falls custom builder Jarrod Smart Construction combines technical skill and design mastery in creating classic and contemporary homes in South Dakota. The company holds esteemed certifications such as Certified Graduate Builder, Certified Aging In Place Specialist, and Certified Green Builder. Aside from custom homes, the company also specializes in remodeling and design for homes and commercial building construction.

The company is proud of its in-house team that does everything to build a Smart home from start to finish. Headed by founder Jarrod Smart, each engineer, artisan, and designer does a large portion of the work within the company, from foundation to finish. It also hires additional professionals that are equally adept to perform other tasks like soil testing, structural engineering, energy certifications.

The company has built several European-inspired homes including Tudor, Queen Anne, and French country. This castle-like expansive three-level residence boasts prime stonework in its exterior, arched doorways, and a turret housing the master bedroom and bathroom suite.


Kean Development

5 Main St. Suite 3, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724

For more than 40 years, ultra-luxury residential developer Kean Development has worked on the rarefied markets of the Hamptons, New York, and Palm Beach, to give its clients the best home experience. This versatile company specializes in the development and design of custom, private upscale homes, estates, and residential communities, composed of classically designed and built homes. Founder John C. Kean has meticulously crafted and personally overseen the inception and progress of each of these award-winning custom homes. Together with its affiliated companies, Kean offers multi-faceted clientele services, including land acquisition and development, construction design and management, landscape design and installation, and various real estate services.

Kean Development’s attention to detail, materials, methods, and timely execution has earned it a reputation for excellence and superiority in the fields of construction and management. From a $17.5 million penthouse to a luxury estate in Southampton hailed by Architectural Digest as one of the most beautiful homes in America, the company has built it all. Another lavish project of the company is this equestrian estate in the French country style.


Keechi Creek Builders

21175 State Hwy. 249, Suite #328, Houston, TX 77070

Keechi Creek Builders is a multi-award winning company in Houston specializing in custom home construction and residential renovations. As a full-service design-build firm, it handles all aspects of each project from designs and permitting, to selections and pricing, to construction materials and labor. The firm also specializes in green building, aging-in-place, and accessibility. With innovative achievements, professional leadership, and creativity in crafting one-of-a-kind custom homes, the company has earned dozens of awards from the Texas Association of Builders and the Greater Houston Builders Association including the coveted Custom Builder of the Year Award.

Chateaus, ranches, and bungalows fill Keechi Creek Builders’ diverse portfolio. European styles are also prominent. An example is this French country-inspired home. The 4500-square-foot home has 5 bedrooms and is filled with specialty details like travertine and stonework throughout, butt glass picture windows, barrel and vaulted ceilings, cedar beams and tin ceiling tiles, and limited edition lighting fixtures.


Keeth Building Contractors

745 Distel Drive, Suite 16, Los Altos, CA 94022

Bay-area native Gary Keeth founded Keeth Building Contractors in 1988 with the aim of providing high-quality new construction and remodeling services to homeowners in the San Francisco Bay Area. His wealth of expertise lies in residential, commercial, and public works construction. He leads a group of quality craftsmen who work as a cohesive, productive, and quality-oriented unit to ensure every facet of a project is finished to the client’s satisfaction. Additionally, the company employs the Eco-Impact approach — incorporating green building products and practices in home building and remodeling projects.

The company’s distinctive fine homes include style inspirations from all over the world. From a Japanese tea house to European elegance to American craftsman, the company is capable of working with these styles to perfection. Featured here is a quaint two-story French Country home built by the company.


LUXE Homes Design + Build

360 Hamilton Row, Birmingham, MI 48009

Birmingham-based LUXE Homes Design+Build is the product of the combined expertise of two award-winning companies specializing in beautiful homes. VanBrouck and Associates – a luxury residential design firm, and Olde World Homes – a luxury home building company, make up this highly reputable company. The co-founders have over 38 years of combined experience and expertise in creating remarkable homes. John and Donna VanBrouck have designed over 1,500 distinctive homes. They have traveled extensively through Europe, experiencing and learning firsthand the classic architecture of France, England, Italy, and Spain. Their knowledge translates seamlessly into designs that are made into gorgeous homes thanks to the construction expertise of Bryan and Rachel Leith.

With such a powerhouse team at the helm, it’s no surprise that LUXE homes are unrivaled when it comes to detail. Out of Luxe Homes’ French Country collection, this custom build evokes a feeling of warmth and elegance due to its light stone walls and pastel blue shutters. High ceilings accented with rustic wood beams, elegant marble in the kitchen, and a gorgeous spiral staircase make its interior look like one out of a fairytale.


Magleby Construction

1291 West Center St., Lindon, UT 84042

The name Magleby has been synonymous with a higher standard of home building in Utah since Paul Magleby started building homes in 1974. His work, professionalism, and leadership has earned him various awards such as the
Lifetime Achievement award by the HBA of Utah and esteemed Custom Home Builder of the Year by the NAHB. Following in the footsteps of his father, Chad Magleby has transitioned into the second-generation owner of the company and has earned the same NAHB award. He is also a Certified Green Professional and a Certified Graduate Builder.

The nationally-recognized construction company is known for its estate homes that fit any lifestyle. These homes have earned numerous awards from Salt Lake Parade of Homes and the HBA of Utah – Excellence Awards, among others. These projects are also defined by excellent workmanship and artistry, as seen in this Utah country estate that exudes French refinement in its brick and stone exterior. Inside, each space is beautifully appointed, from the rustic and warm kitchen with fine woodwork in cabinetry and island to the comfortable living room anchored by the alabaster-toned fireplace.


Martin Brothers Contracting

26262 County Road 40, Goshen, IN 46526

The Martin brothers had been working for another builder who specialized in high-end custom homes when they decided to start their own business. Nelson and Virgil gathered up the years of experience they earned and started Martin Brothers contracting in 1965. With their own take on home building, they have built some of the finest homes in Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan.

From consulting on design services prior to construction to the outstanding warranty commitment the client has moved in, Martin Brothers is there for the homeowners.

The team at Martin Brothers Contracting is populated with construction experts who have various designations, including Graduate Master Builder, Certified Graduate Builder, Certified Graduate Remodeler, Certified Green Professional, Certified Aging in Place Specialist. They are responsible for the extensive portfolio of the company, from first homes for young families to vacation homes to aging-in-place homes. They also build some of the most sustainable residences.

With sustainability at its design core and influences of traditional buildings seen in the French countryside, this 5,527-square-feet custom home is a beautiful sight against the edge of a forest and overlooking a prairie grass meadow. It features a stone masonry exterior and cottage-style detailing. Its uses passive solar design and a geothermal closed-loop heating system.


McNeil Company

4666 South 132nd St., Omaha, NE 68137

For more than 40 years, Omaha has benefited from the creativity and proficiency of the McNeil Company. Since Pat McNeil built his first home in 1977, his design-build company has become known for crafting some of the most incredible homes and estates in the city and nearby areas within Nebraska. The company also develops its own communities like the Villas of Four Seasons and Lake of the Ozarks. It possesses a creative design department that includes talented architects, designers, AutoCAD operators, and cabinetry specialists whose unique individual talents create inspired spaces.

Designed and built by the McNeil Company, this home was inspired by a chateau in the south of France and boasts all the charm of the French countryside. Rustic woods plank the ceilings in both the Foyer and Master Bedroom which reflect the simplicity of the Provincial countryside, while the curved staircase reflects Old World craftsmanship.


Nance Construction

6950 E 1st St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Nance Construction has been a family-run operation since 1978. The Scottsdale–based firm serves Scottsdale, Mesa, and the surrounding areas. It is also a licensed contractor in California. The company has built manors and residences for affluent clientele such as national athletes, business tycoons, and company presidents. Many of its homes fall in a price range that starts from $250K and continues to more than $1 million. Its historic renovation expertise is also sought out by many Arizonians.

Nance specializes in a variety of old-world design and architecture. These include Mediterranean, European country, French regency, Spanish colonial, and French provincial styles. These exemplary homes have been featured in several publications, including Beautiful Homes, Phoenix Home and Garden, and House Beautiful. The company has also been part of Luxe Magazine’s 2017 Gold List.


Orren Pickell Building Group

444 Skokie Blvd., Suite 200, Wilmette, IL 60091

What started as a modest house painting business established by Orren Pickell in 1975 has grown into an award-winning family-run building group with an extensive portfolio in custom building and remodeling. Over the decades, it has perfected its approach to luxury home building by committing to customer satisfaction and fine craftsmanship. It addresses the needs of homeowners in the Chicagoland area and Northern Shore.

Its expertise is seen in its over 350 awards, including the Best Custom Builder award from Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago, multiple Key Awards from the HBA of Greater Chicago, and the prestigious Best in American Living Award from NAHB. The firm’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Luxe, K+BB, and HGTV.

One of its many French country style homes is this formal French Country stone and stucco house in Barrington. It has gorgeous interior design elements such as a brass and iron rail system in the floating, circular staircase, limestone columns and coffer ceilings. Outside, its eye-catching form is enhanced by copper-topped dormers, a turreted front entry, and clay chimney pots.


Padgett Construction

1501 Nicholasville Rd., Lexington, KY 40503

From luxury residential homes to picturesque horse farm estates, Padgett Construction has demonstrated its dedication to building custom homes that are both high-quality and cost-effective. A boutique construction and renovation operation, its award-winning homes are built with a hands-on, highly personal approach. Tom Padgett founded the company in 1984 and has overseen the construction and remodeling of over 400 homes. Since 2017 the company has continued to flourish under the management of long time partners, Chris Peoples and Greg Padgett.

The company uses the best technology and state-of-the-art products and combines them with classic architecture and design. This French country home is perfectly situated on a pasture and surrounded by the gorgeous Kentucky landscape. Old world stone exterior, wooden arched front doors, vaulted ceilings, classic French doors, and a French country kitchen. The home, designed by architect Jack Arnold, was featured in TOPS in Lexington.


Pohlig Builders

274 Lancaster Ave. Suite 100, Malvern, PA 19355

Pennsylvania design-build company Pohlig Builders has constructed some of the finest homes and communities on the Main Line. It was established in 1974 by brothers Todd and Don Pohlig and is renowned for its comprehensive building process that culminates in magnificent homes. From land planning and architecture to construction and settlement, the company thrives in excellent execution of luxury homes that lasts a lifetime.

The company has earned various local and national awards for its work. It was named one of America’s Best Custom Home Builders by the NAHB and Builder Magazine and has received top awards in various categories from Home Builders Associations of Bucks & Montgomery and Chester and Delaware Counties. Its founders have also had vital roles in the building community. Todd has been the president of both the Main Line Building Association and the HBA of Chester and Delaware County. He remains an active member of both as well as the Pennsylvania Builder Association. Don speaks frequently on the value of technology in residential construction and is active with the NAHB’s Builder Twenty Group and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA).

This European manor from Pohlig harks back to French royalty and opulence with its gorgeous exterior stonework and interior woodwork. The company has completed a number of homes in this style, along with colonial, craftsman, and shingle style homes.


Premier Custom Homes

PO Box 277, Madisonville, LA 70447

Operating from Madisonville, Premier Custom Homes has been serving the New Orleans, Metairie, and Kenner metro area with personalized homes. For over two decades, homeowners have praised the firm for its hands-on work, reliability, and professionalism. It has also received a number of accolades for its projects, winning the 2015 Grand Aurora Award & Best state Aurora Award, and the 2015 ARDA (American Residential Design Awards) award for their Custom Home Design worth $2M.

While the company is known for mixing Greek and Mediterranean styles, it is also capable of creating residences inspired by dreamy European architecture. Many of these homes are priced in the range from $650k to $4M. Featured here is French country chateau surrounded by trees and landscaped greenery. Its symmetrical front elevation is simple yet sophisticated. The beautiful home has an intimate wine tasting room and a private pool for outdoor entertainment.


R.E.A. Homes

2401 Centerline Industrial Dr, Maryland Heights, MO 63043

After 17 years of working for a home builder, company founder Jeff Bogard wanted to start his own company that addresses needs in the custom luxury home teardown/infill market in St. Louis. More specifically, he wanted to specialize in luxurious “green” homes. He realized his dream in 2007 by establishing R.E.A. Homes. Clients immediately took notice of its more luxurious, more energy-efficient, more comfortable, and healthier homes. R.E.A. Homes clients came to fully understand that any conversation about true luxury, MUST include all the stuff behind the drywall, not just what was in front. The firm has since become one of St. Louis’ premier custom luxury builders.

R.E.A. Homes builds just a few homes a year, and many are certified by nationally recognized third-party green programs such as ENERGY STAR and its sister program called Indoor airPLUS. Bogard has earned the LEED Green Associate and Master Certified Green Professional designations. The company’s high-performance luxury homes fall between $800k to more than $10 million+, and are a mix of styles based on client’s desires.


Richard Harp Homes

17200 Chenal Parkway, Suite 300, Little Rock, AR 72223

Richard Harp found his passion for homebuilding when he built his own home in 1994. He couldn’t afford any of those in the market so he took the matter in his own hands. This first project was soon followed by many more that follow his three-pronged approach of cost-conscious construction, quality craftsmanship, and tight budgetary controls. Over the decades, his company has solidified a position as one of the leading home builders and remodelers in Arkansas. He is a Graduate Master Builder and a Master Certified Green Professional. He has also served as president of both the Greater Little Rock Home Builder Association in 2006 and the Arkansas Home Builder Association in 2010.

Richard Harp Homes have built stunning homes in Little Rock neighborhoods and beyond. Its high-value custom homes are the products of an intimate and personalized experience that the team fosters with every client. The company’s homes have also gained features in home magazines such as At Home in Arkansas, Arkansas Life, Traditional Home, and About You. European-inspired homes, like this French Country home in Hickory Creek, are one of the company’s specialties.


Robert Montgomery Homes

4204 West 124th St., Leawood, KS 66209-2251

Robert Montgomery pursued a career in homebuilding after finishing his degree at the Kansas University School of Architecture in 1974. He has spent decades honing his craft and assembling a team of trusted professionals to bring the finest homes to Kansas and Missouri. His highly specialized training affords him the understanding of each step of the construction process. He has personally overseen many of the products of the company, and has collaborated with some of Kansas’s finest architects. He is a Certified Graduate Builder, Graduate Master Builder, and a Certified Green Professional.

The team at Robert Montgomery Homes has mastered aesthetically integrating modern technological advancements and construction techniques with classic architectural styles such as French country, English Tudor, and Colonial. This French country villa earth tones in its exterior accented dark wood shutters and roof tiles. It is the second home the company built for the owners. The 5,700-square-foot abode features an elevator to the lower level guest rooms and a spacious recreation area.


Sun Custom Homes

10412 Greenbriar Parkway, Oklahoma City, OK 73159

Oklahoma City-based Sun Custom Homes carry 50 years of combined experience in building homes in a broad range of architectural concepts, sizes, and budgets. Its client-focused approach incorporates authentic architectural designs, uncompromised luxuries and amenities, and superior craftsmanship for the best price. A member of the Oklahoma State HBA and the Central Oklahoma HBA, it has earned Builder of the Year and Parade of Homes honors over the years.

The company is best known for its authentic Old World European, French Country, and Classical American designs with additional specializations in Tuscan, Mediterranean, and Southwest styles. Its extensive knowledge of old-world architectural design and craftsmanship was gained through years of European travel. Additionally, it takes into account the lifestyle of its clients and is ready to create wonderful specialty rooms, from wine rooms and theaters to gourmet kitchens and game rooms.


Winsome Construction

117 NE 5th St, Suite D, McMinnville, OR 97128

Winsome Construction is a family-owned and operated construction company and a third-generation Oregon builder serving Portland, Salem, Bend, the Willamette Valley, and North Oregon Coast. This experienced high-performance builder providing residential and commercial construction, custom design, and remodel services in Oregon. It designs and builds custom homes, post and beam structures, timber frame homes, and Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) homes. As an active member of the U.S. Green Building Council, the company is also an advocate for green and sustainable building. It has even built a LEED Platinum-Certified home that won a 2019 Best in American Living Award.

Founder Shan Stassens grew up in a family of craftsmen and followed in the footsteps of his grandfather who was an accomplished carpenter and builder. He is an active member of the Portland HBA and a member of the NAHB 20 Club program. He is accompanied by his wife Wendy, who worked for world-renowned green architect Will McDonough. She is also Vice-Chair of the Urban Renewal Advisory Committee.

Winsome’s work often features farmhouse, traditional, contemporary, and French country styles. In this featured French country retreat, the company used timber accents and did over 600 square feet of exterior brickwork. The two-level home has 12-foot ceilings, elaborate lighting, and a sunroom with floor to ceiling windows Coffered ceilings top the living area while distressed wood beams accent the ceiling above the kitchen.