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Best in show bungalow: a charming coastal cottage brings home the 2015 Grand Award for the Home Builders Association of Mississippi in style.

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The Gulf Coast's Elliott Homes is a local community builder focused on lifestyle and amenities, not just individual homes. The company custom designs homes that improve the quality of life of their owners, as well as the area, at a reasonable prices. Their business model allows buyers to create a home that fits the needs of a family and lifestyle, while keeping them under an affordable umbrella, ensuring their investment will pay off in the future.

The Home Builder's Association of Mississippi's Grand Award-winning home for 2015, 'The Kennedy' was originally built for Adrienne and Brandon Elliot, owners of Elliott Homes, however it was sold to a family who appreciated the quality and architectural style of the property, as well as its location. "As a builder, my passion is creating art, so when "The Kennedy" was completed, it was time to move onto another project," states Brandon. A builder's product reflects the strongest and weakest links on his team, and Elliott Homes is very proud to have extremely knowledgeable professionals who have contributed towards their cause. "There are some outstanding home builders in the state of Mississippi, and being put at the same level as them is a great honor," Brandon notes. "Several of these builders have mentored or assisted with the growth of Elliott Homes, and we have a great level of gratitude towards these people."

The Elliotts started Elliott Homes in 2009, building their first home in D'Iberville. The pair had a love for real estate and intended to build one or two homes a year. They soon realized their dream, doing much of the work themselves and learning on the job, installing everything from flooring to fencing. Due to the incredible team they have built, this simple goal has transformed into a 45-home-per-year business. They remain hands on with every project. Adrienne stages the model homes and carefully culls material options for the homeowners' selection.

"The Kennedy" is located one block from the beach in Gulfport. This setting and its corner lot offer an exclusive waterfront setting in the quaint and eclectic Second Street neighborhood. Tree-lined neighborhoods of nearby New Orleans served as inspiration for the exterior of the cottage as well as its landscaping. With the artful guidance of past Grand Award winner Jeff Elder and engineer Bobby Henrich, the home was designed around two large oak trees on the front and the rear of the lot, making this homesite one of a kind. The team optimized the views of the Gulf of Mexico by creating a master bedroom porch, an outdoor entertainment area, and a tower in the attached in-law suite. "'The Kennedy' was built to attain a sense of ease, function, and balanced design," Adrienne notes. "I believe the location on its own had award-winning features and therefore charged us to build a home that would highlight nature's beauty."

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The handsome finishes chosen throughout the home generate a charming atmosphere. Adrienne meticulously chose each piece and material--from the solid-iron front door with an "E" incorporated into the ironwork to the carved rosettes on the kitchen cabinet doors. Old Chicago brick was installed in the exterior pathway into the home and locally grown cypress was used for the corbels, hardwood flooring, and custom trim. Carrara marble in the master suite and River White granite in the kitchen present a crisp, clean feel to their respective spaces. "The best compliments we have received were that many people thought this home was a historically renovated home and were shocked to hear that it was brand new," states Brandon. "With modern technologies, we used energy-efficient methods of construction and built as a Bronze Fortified Level while still maintaining the 18th-century image." Allen Layne of Professional Cabinet Solutions, Tony Holston of Heritage Wood Iron Works, and Ron McKee of Master Custom Trim kept the Mississippi-heritage style of construction and healthy living that Elliott Homes was trying to attain in mind when they carefully crafted the interior and exterior details.

The planning and construction of the home changed several times throughout the building process to fully utilize all of its unique features. The news of the arrival of daughter Kennedy was the biggest surprise and changed the couple's need of an office space to a nursery. Adrienne designed a system of attractive built-ins that suited their requirements while adapting beautifully later as an office for the future homeowners. The upstairs floor plan was reworked to fit the sizable bedrooms with sufficient closet and storage spaces. All of these challenges resulted in a greater layout. Overall, the project took a year to complete.

Adrienne and Brandon, as well as the entire team from Elliott Homes, were thrilled to accept the Grand Award from the Home Builders Association of Mississippi. "To have won the award, we feel grateful as this was a project we built for our own family," Adrienne notes. '"The Kennedy' was built to attain a sense of ease, function, and balanced design." The personal touches the team poured into the process show through in this champion home.

Photography courtesy of Elliot homes
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Author:Stewart, Mary Neff
Publication:Mississippi Magazine
Geographic Code:1U6MS
Date:May 1, 2016
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