Stepping into the Carter’s home is a true view into Craftsman luxury.

The 2012 built home sits in a quiet subdivision on Cypress Lake in Benton on 27.8 acres. The outdoor views are breathtaking, as is the inside of their home. With over 4,000 sq. feet of living space, the Carter’s have designed a home they can call their dream home.

Mark, a practicing attorney, and Donna, a registered nurse, and their daughter, Jillian, a freshman at Benton High School, moved into their home in October 2012. The Carters have been together over 15 years, and prior to living in Benton (and North Bossier) their former home was in Edmond, Okla., just north of Oklahoma City.

“We always wished it had a walk-in pantry and a hearth room off of the kitchen,” said Donna, whose Benton home now includes both. Their kitchen features large windows overlooking the pool and lake, outfitted with painted custom cabinetry and quartzite countertops. The hearth room features a wooden cathedral ceiling, fireplace and built in bookcases.

The Carter’s both helped to design the exterior and interior space, with collaboration from local architect Ryan Smith.

“Donna had a very definite vision as to the characteristics and style of the home she wanted, so I have to give her credit for bringing her vision to reality,” Mark said.

“Having Ryan help us through the myriad of choices and challenges that we faced during construction proved to be a huge benefit. He was so helpful in bringing our ideas to fruition, and throughout the building process he helped us make our home our own.”

Walking up to the home, large wood Craftsman style doors with glass panes greet guests. Their flooring is reclaimed 6-inch heart of pine wood plank, seen throughout their home.

The formal living area features a coffered ceiling, crystal chandelier and a white quartzite hearth with a wood mantle. The room is furnished by Medina in Shreveport, and features a large hand-made rug accented with custom blue wildebeest, and hand-appliqued throw pillows.

Alison McKenzie, owner of Medina, said it was a breeze helping bring their style to life.

“We were able to mix our transitional style with their traditional pieces to create a home that is unique and beautiful, but also livable,” McKenzie said.
She used Cypress Lake as her inspiration and created what a serene color palette in shades of blue, white and gray, with touches of metallic.

“From the artwork to the upholstery and the architecture and finishes the Carter’s home is nothing short of magnificent,” she said. “Working with them to create their dream home was a dream for us.”

The home features 12-foot ceilings throughout, except for in the hearth room, study and the Carter’s daughter’s bedroom, which all feature wood cathedral ceilings. The Carter’s describe their master suite to be spacious and peaceful. It features a king sized bed with custom fabric headboard, a master bath with Carrera marble countertops and a sitting area highlighted by a beveled glass mirror and colorful hummingbird print.

“The thing we really love most about our home is when we get to share our home with friends and family,” said Donna. “It is a real blessing for us.”

Builder: Ryan Smith Builders
5,300 sq. feet
3 bedrooms
3 1/2 bathrooms
Swimming pool: Morehead Pools