Modern farmhouse meets French country: Peoria home features circular driveway – AZCentral.com

Modern farmhouse meets French country: Peoria home features circular driveway – AZCentral.com

Modern farmhouse meets French country: Peoria home features circular driveway – AZCentral.com

A West Valley couple extensively remodeled their Peoria home to be comfortably inviting — all while welcoming three children to their family.
Scott and Rylan Comfort bought their 2,728-square-foot, single-level custom home in a quiet neighborhood near Thunderbird Road and 75th Avenue in August 2014.
The home, situated on a half-acre corner lot with a double garage, was architecturally designed for a disabled owner. The Comforts remodeled the home in two separate phases, the first coming while they added three children to their family.
“We had a lot of midnight end-of-day shifts after working full-time day jobs,” Scott Comfort said.
“We were without a kitchen sink and countertops for six weeks; washing dishes in the shower, sporting plywood in place of windows and a few days without a front door,” Rylan Comfort added.
In the second phase, the couple added square footage to the home, bringing it to 3,700.
The Comforts also revamped the landscaping — bedding more than 100 plants, adding pavers and relocating a large fountain — and added a circular driveway. During the holiday season, the driveway, front porch and a sitting area are festively decorated, and mature Palo Verde trees sport holiday lights.
Double iron doors with operable glass insets lead into the home. The Comforts describe their décor as modern farmhouse meets French country. Scott Comfort, of Bluefin Pool and Landscape Design Co., says his exposure to clients’ homes sparked ideas for their own sanctuary.
The couple effectively recreated the home’s original floorplan.
Vaulted ceilings create an expansive feel once inside the connected foyer, great room and formal dining rooms. Floor-to-ceiling wall tiles from Floor N Décor provide interest with a rustic feel, grounding the foyer while inviting warmth and teasing what’s to follow.
Plantation shutters span a series of east exposure windows, while wood plank ceramic tiles in French Lark carry the home’s flooring base. The kitchen’s original 30-inch cabinetry and countertops accommodating wheelchair access were gutted.
“We pretty much blew everything up,” Scott Comfort said. “The kitchen was quite compressed, so we pushed a wall back and removed a bay window section.”
“We found seven separate windows at an antique shop, and had our installer marry the collection,” his wife said.
The result: three transom windows crown four hydraulic awning pass-throughs to the patio, creating a stunning and functional backdrop. A farm sink of hammered copper is situated below the window suite. Bullnose granite countertops reign throughout.
An oversized island totes a rustic deep blue finish, while glazed antique white cabinetry provides contrast. A set of oversized glass pendants top the island’s walnut butcher block countertop, pairing nicely with a custom wooden exhaust wrap above the stovetop. The inclusion of a pot-filler faucet is an added perk.
The ample walk-in pantry, crucial for the family of seven, is fashioned with a 9-inch frosted custom door. The pantry space, formerly a small bathroom, was reconfigured.
Access to the rear patio from the kitchen and den is through another stunning feature — a commercial-grade restaurant, farmhouse-style door with upper-paned windows. The door opens outward, which allows for the unobstructed placement of an eat-in dining space, separate from the formal dining room.
The inviting den, Scott Comfort’s favorite space in the home, features a wood-burning fireplace situated off the kitchen.
A large bale of cotton wrapped in burlap in the great room pays homage to Rylan Comfort’s family’s five-generation cotton-farming business.
A hallway from the den eventually leads to the entry/great room and a storage room with garage access. The room, repurposed from their oldest son’s bedroom, is secured by two single wood-paneled sliding doors that are often seen in the closets of older homes. They have been adorned with stained glass inserts garnered from one of many of the couple’s antique-picking adventures.
Across the hallway, a full bathroom has been revamped to complete the south wing of the home. A custom barn door comprised of metal and wood provides privacy.
The main bedroom suite was reconfigured with a revised point of entry. A private outdoor sanctuary with access through arcadia doors is presently under construction, but an elegant chandelier hanging from the ceiling of the private patio holds promise of what’s to come.
Vaulted ceilings continue throughout the main bedroom, allowing the intentional reduction of its footprint to go unnoticed when the couple created a massive closet area with custom built-ins and features. Dueling barn doors provide separation between the bedroom and master closet/bathroom.
The home’s original shower and water closet were massive, designed for wheelchair entry. The Comforts reconfigured the space by diminishing both spaces, which allowed for the installation of a soaking tub.
The custom clawfoot tub procured through a Craigslist ad features a navy exterior. When the Comforts learned the seller was a tile installer, they hired him to install the stone statement wall and marble tiles throughout their master bathroom.
The soaking tub is a stunning feature to the still-abundant shower space, wall-inset gas fireplace, granite countertops and custom vanities.
A beautiful red settee placed in front of the stone statement wall provides a pop of color against the white and navy main bathroom decor.
Two bedrooms and an expansive Jack and Jill bathroom were added to the back of the house in the second phase of construction.
“We had three babies in three years and needed bedrooms,” Rylan Comfort said.
Their oldest daughter, Madison, attends Northern Arizona University, and their other son, Jacob, is in high school.
The rooms for Elwood, 5; Scarlett, 4; and Wendell, 2; are large with abundant walk-in closets and uniquely fashioned. The bedrooms are separated by the Jack and Jill bathroom, which has abundant counter space and backyard access.
An added guest bathroom off the great room features double trough sinks and shiplap walls.
Scarlett’s room is princess feminine and features a stunning ceiling-to-floor wall mural. Scott Comfort’s late father installed the wallpaper panels to create the seamless mural for his granddaughter.
Elwood’s bedroom blends adventure, curiosity and the great outdoors. Baby Wendell snagged the original home office space off the main living area. His enclave is designed with a fishing theme, adorned with his grandfather’s memorabilia.
“I love walking in his room,” Scott Comfort said. “It reminds me of my dad every day.”
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