The Stiers’ country estate, located along County Road 8 at the entrance to Good Earth Village, will be featured this weekend during the Spring Valley Historical Society’s Fall House Tour.
The Stiers’ country estate, located along County Road 8 at the entrance to Good Earth Village, will be featured this weekend during the Spring Valley Historical Society’s Fall House Tour.
Matt and Brenda Stier have built their country estate along County Road 8 at the entrance to Good Earth Village.

Started in August 2011 by Burdick Builders of Lakeville, Minn., the Stiers were able to move in on Dec. 22, their wedding anniversary date.

Brenda says they attended many Parade of Homes events, considering house plans and builders, and at last found exactly what they wanted, although she admits they "tweaked" several details as the house was being built. Chris and Terri Burdick, builders, were often on duty, supervising and advising, and visitors will be awed by the results.

The main floor features an open design with vaulted ceilings and countless floor to ceiling windows facing south, offering panoramic views of the groves of trees and wildlife. The exterior is of limestone, laid by a former Russian cobbler who also did the fireplaces and the hearth for the wood-burning stove in the sun room.

The kitchen cabinets and woodwork are of knotty alder; the floor of distressed hand-scraped hickory, both striking finishes that lends itself to the open feeling of the living area - the kitchen, dining room, living room and sun room. Many special features make the kitchen totally efficient - the center island with lovely magma-gold granite top with plenty of storage, the unusual "stacked rock" back splash, below-counter microwave, double ovens, a spice drawer, "garages" for appliances, and much more, and the well-organized pantry is a marvel. Look for Brenda's well-displayed teapot collection on the east wall. Great Plains Gold color is used on the walls, a neutral shade to set off the outstanding cabinets and woodwork.

The enormous grandfather clock on the south wall is striking in more ways than one - it plays the Westminster chimes on the quarter hour and strikes on the hour. Brenda enjoys shopping in thrift stores, and perhaps she will point out some of her "finds" as you tour the home.

In the sunroom, windows on three sides welcome in the light on comfortable wicker furniture, and the wood-burning stove in the corner takes the chill off very quickly on cool mornings. Just off the kitchen is an office, boasting pictures of grandchildren, and a bathroom is next door.

Brenda calls the adjacent bedroom her Memory Room with her dad's highchair, paintings by dear friend Blanche Root, memorabilia from Bernard Pietenpol, paintings by Matt's mother, Peggy Stier, her grandma's Singer sewing machine, a cradle that rocked her girls, and more.

The master bedroom with its simple, elegant furniture is open to a deck where they can enjoy fresh air and peaceful surroundings. The bath offers twin sinks, large mirror, jetted shower, and a stool behind pocket doors.

Great thought has gone into light fixtures throughout the house, so watch for those. Large walk-in closets feature all built-ins with shelves and hanging spaces. The floors are heated, of course, and "transoms" over the doors and windows are an especially attractive feature. Going on, one will find the mudroom with its closet, baskets on shelves, and of course it opens from the large garage, which boasts carriage house doors that they designed and made themselves. The laundry room features blue, stacked appliances plus counter and hanging spaces and abundant storage.

Take the open staircase to the lower level where walls are done in Springfield Tan, and again, floor to ceiling windows to the south, and a nautical theme reminiscent of their Irish Minstrel music. A stacked stone fireplace dominates one corner, a television screen and lounging area complete the cozy family and friends entertainment area.

The wet bar is a kitchen in itself with refrigerator, cupboards, an oven that cooks with halogen bulbs, and a two-burner smooth top unit for cooking. A dishwasher and a great deal of storage space make it an ideal place for entertaining.

Two more bedrooms with large walk-in closets and simple furnishings are most inviting. Check out the adjacent bathroom done in Royal Liquor color with its coordinating granite counter top and tile floor. Watch for the Kid's Cubby-hole playroom - a true delight, and for the adults - a treadmill and Total Gym dominate the workout room.

The extensive Mechanical Room is totally awesome, to say the least. This is a geo-thermal heated and cooled home, using nature's bounty; there is a dual fuel system that can be used, three hot water heaters, and countless pipes run throughout the house - all beyond comprehension, Brenda agrees.

The entire house, a wonder, and you have to see it for yourself.

The gorgeous courtyard and landscaping, designed by Todd Ihrke, was done by the Treehouse of LeRoy and Custom Retaining Wall & Landscaping of Rochester. Contractors were Croell Redi-Mix, O'Connell Excavating, Rodney Beer Excavating, Brad Bly Construction, Seth Christianson's Lifetime Insulation, Rowland Wells, Higgins Cabinetry, Darin Grabau, and other local businesses.