Fresh Style

Designers show the realms of design possibilities and create inspiration

Sarah Norris, Granite Ridge Builders

amiliarity meets forward thinking. That’s how interior designer Kayla Hoffman describes the design aesthetic of Granite Ridge Builders’ Innovation Home Gallery. 

“We took traditional Midwest style and added a modern twist,” Hoffman says, adding that the ability physically walk in, around, and through new ideas is important. “Here in Indiana,” she says, “we need to see style in person before we trust it in our own homes. With this house, we can do just that. We want to show people the realms of possibility.”


 Aside from its net-zero (!) energy efficiency, the Innovation Home Gallery reinvents the term “home” by mixing chic and cozy. In the kitchen, stark white quartz countertops house a bright, buttery-yellow farmhouse sink. The whimsical secret door in the den hides just out of sight of the kitchen’s polished chrome pendants. Fiber optic lights dot the ceiling of the cutting-edge theater room, backing up against an intimate wine cellar.

The Innovation Home Gallery also marries organic with sleek and stylized. In the master bath, natural river rock flows harmoniously alongside striking countertops of Cambria quartz. Nearby, in the master bedroom, wood-looking ceramic tile and barn-style beams frame modern, sculpted wall tiles. The result is breathtaking.


 “We want to dazzle you,” Hoffman says, “but we still want you to feel at home, at ease.”

The home’s impressive energy-efficient spirit extends right down to the accessories, including green-certified fabrics, long-lasting LED lighting, and reclaimed art pieces.

Following the home’s forward-thinking vibe, the Innovation Home Gallery is also equipped to change with whatever the future has in store.

“We’ve prepped the home’s technical capacity for future changes and updates,” Hoffman says, “so it can evolve with technology and not become out-of-touch.”


The bottom line from Granite Ridge Builders: Get excited. Get inspired. “This home is fun!” Hoffman says. “We know not everyone is going to love everything we created, but we want visitors to leave inspired by a few elements to weave into their own dream home.”