Stare at the front of the new, two-story house built by Robert and Kristin Schumacher in Eldridge, and it takes awhile to absorb everything that's going on.
There's a dormer window, a round window, two roof peaks, vertical siding and horizontal siding, rough-sawn cedar pillars, a brick half-wall, galvanized metal light fixtures.
Very busy. But that's intentional.
"The more aspects you can bring into a home the better," Schumacher explained. "We try to have at least four different details. You get that contrast of all the different elements that brings it to life. Those little details are what we focus on. It really pops."
The Schumacher house will be one of 25 open for public tours Saturday-Sunday, April 22-23, Wednesday, April 26, and next Saturday-Sunday, April 29-30, during the Spring Preview of Homes sponsored by the Quad-City Builders and Remodelers Association.
Hours of the preview are 1-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; 4-8 p.m. Wednesday; and 1-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, April 29-30.
The homes are located in Davenport, Bettendorf, LeClaire and Eldridge. Maps with addresses will be in advertisements in the Quad-City Times on the day of the open houses.
The tours are free. The homes range in price from $263,900 to $898,900.
The Schumacher home is located at 612 St. Andrews Circle, Eldridge. It is 2,600 square-feet and the asking price is $439,900.
Step inside, and your the first thought may be, "Wow, this is different."
That's because ahead and to your right is a room whose back wall is floor-to-ceiling dark gray shiplap. It draws your eyes immediately.
Shiplap is the rough-sawn, pine paneling with one-fourth-inch gaps between the boards popularized by Chip and Joanna Gaines on HGTV's "Fixer Upper."
The Schumachers love it and have been using it for about a year. You'll see it in seven different places throughout the house, including the ceiling of a half bath and the wall of a staircase landing.
The sense that this house is a little different "is the point," Kristin said.
The shiplap room is an office; the opposite wall contains a window surrounded by floor-to-ceiling bookshelves painted in the same dark gray as the shiplap. The other walls are "decorator white." This gray and white color scheme is carried out throughout the house, including gray single-panel doors.
And carried out through the entire first level is seven-inch hickory plank flooring.
Beyond the office, the home opens to the great room, with family, dining and kitchen areas.
Like the exterior, the kitchen takes time to absorb, too.
The cabinets are gray, with simple, brushed nickel hardware, and four are finished with glass fronts. The countertops are white quartz; the backsplash is white subway tile with charcoal grout for contrast.
Above the three-foot by five-foot island hang two industrial-looking black metal pendant lights with old-fashioned looking light bulbs.
A signature touch is Schumacher's use of Adorne brand electrical outlet plates that are made so the screws don't show. "It makes a statement," he said.
Elsewhere in the home, outlets are placed in the baseboards, another signature touch. "It cleans up the sight line of the walls," he said.
A staircase off the living area features Craftsman-style newel posts painted gray with square white spindles. In addition to the surprise of a window at the landing — a look reminiscent of Victorian-era homes — there is a large, roundish sitting room area at the top of the stairs.
Emanating off this room are six doors — four lead to bedrooms, one opens to a linen closet and the sixth is for the laundry. This room contains the round window one saw when studying the outside.
The master suite has a tray ceiling with rope lighting and a bath containing a tub, shower, vanity with two sinks and the toilet in a separate room. The white-tiled shower might be considered "different" too, in that it has no doors. Won't water splash all over the room?
Schumacher explains that rather than try to second-guest what a buyer might like in the way of doors and dividers, he chose to leave it open with a "book of options" so that it can be finished at the time of purchase.
Beyond the bath is a walk-in closet with wire shelving.
One of the secondary bedrooms has its own bath with shower and the other two share a "jack and jill" bath built between the two rooms, accessible to each.
The home's lower level is unfinished, but could accommodate a rec room, bathroom (there is a rough-in for plumbing) and a fifth bedroom with what's called a "daylight" window in that it is full sized.