Inside SB Homes


4  Bedrooms

3.5  Bathrooms

5,000 Square feet

If you know anything about Ivy and Cory Russell, you know they have a laser-focus on any goal they set. That was especially true when they began their latest project –– a new home in Benton.

“Wood windows, planked floors on the porch –– all of those kind of things we mimicked from our childhood homes”

Then, the Russells did another really smart thing –– they put together a team of experts to make sure their home matched their vision.

“This has been a long project,” Ivy said. “We bought the land three or four years ago.”

Their 2-story home, which sits on six acres, is in the classic Craftsman style. Their home is reminiscent of their upbringing. Ivy grew up in a home that was built in 1902. Her family moved it from South Highlands to the country and remodeled it. Cory also grew up in an older home in the country.

“Wood windows, planked floors on the porch –– all of those kind of things we mimicked from our childhood homes,” Ivy said.

Their home project began with architect Gene Hodgson. Once the plans were complete, the Russells went to Ryan Smith Builders to bring their plans to life. (This is the second Ryan Smith-built home for the Russells).

“Ryan knows the market,” Ivy said. “He has the knowledge of the materials and products available to us. Ryan and I have worked well together. He has great taste.”

Then, with six acres to landscape, Ivy and Cory called on Hoogland’s Landscape to put the custom pool in place, as well as providing every inch of plants, shrubs and grass on the property. “Mike Hoogland did 100 percent of everything.”

Finally, Ivy brought in Alison McKenzie of Medina to complete their vision, from furniture and light fixtures to drapes and rugs. “She did the whole house. Alison was with me every single step of the way. I trusted her with everything. She was awesome.”

Every room has its own signature but two rooms particularly stand out.

Ivy and Cory love to cook, so the kitchen had to be functional in addition to being beautiful. There are two islands –– a prep island (butcher block) for the real work and an entertainment island (marble) for fun times.

The wraparound, screened porch is another stunning feature of the Russell home. It has a full grill with the largest professional vent hood to capture all the smoke.

“I do not like carpet, so we have 6-inch heart pine wood floors throughout the house,” Ivy said. “It’s another example of staying true to a Craftsman home.”

Other unique features include:

  • The entire home has wood windows.Some are stained, some painted.
  • The master bath has hand-laid mosaic marble tile on the floor.
  • The home has all antique brick from South Carolina.
  • There is traditional crown molding throughout the home.
  • There is an art room that could be transformed if needed.

“We will be here a long time,” Ivy said.

“Everyone did a great job. We couldn’t be more pleased.”

Architect | Gene Hodgson

Home Builder | Ryan Smith Builders

Pool and Landscape | Hoogland’s Landscape

Interior Design | Alison McKenzie of Medina Interior