As a designer in Northern Indiana, Jodi Golm of Manse and Moss Designs has completed over a hundred custom home builds and commercial renovations in her career. So when it came time to build her own home—a home she had been planning for and dreaming of for more than a decade—it’s safe to say the bar was set high.
After purchasing the wooded property in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Jodi drew inspiration from favorite projects, her travels to California and the southeast coast, design magazines, Anthropologie, Restoration Hardware and more. Jodi knew she wanted a farmhouse-style home reflective of her family's Midwestern roots, on the water with a straightforward layout.
The design and the architecture process took about 6 months, and the site prep took about a year. Building the home took about a year to complete, and the result is a stunning Georgian-style country home.
Classic Home Exterior
For both the exterior and the interior of the home, Jodi used a primarily white and neutral color palette. For siding on her home and garage, she chose Celect Cellular Composite Siding by Royal Building Products, a durable, low-maintenance siding that perfectly mimics the look of wood without the need for constant upkeep. Combining Celect 7” Clapboard siding in Frost (a true white) with Board & Batten in Wrought Iron and Celect trim, also in Frost, Jodi created a luxurious Midwestern farmhouse design. The white-on-white allowed the architecture to shine through and the dark gray on the garage was added for visual interest. The board and batten style siding on the barn-style garage contributed to the home’s historic vibe.
“I love historical properties and I wanted a palette that would resonate and a design that assimilate with the home’s rural setting.”
The white-on-white with gray accent color palette was easy to continue throughout the interior of the home, which is full of personal touches and custom-built amenities. For example, the barn-style garage doubles as a “man cave” with a kitchenette and an entertaining balcony that also shades the pool. Building the home with two young daughters, Jodi also chose to incorporate a time capsule in one of the walls and a few secret doorways and windows to ensure that the children felt that they were part of the design and build process. She also added accessories to the home, such as lighting and furniture, from flea markets and antique stores, adding to the authentic-farmhouse feel.
Man Cave Above Garage
Formal Sitting Room
Mud Room Entrance
Custom Built Dog Crate