How One Businessman’s Project Turned Into His Dreamhouse


Jay Beard,  CEO of a construction company has a home in Edwardsville, in a cute neighborhood just off St. Louis Street. His contemporary designed home stands out against the traditional Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, and Victorian homes nearby. According to St. Louis Magazine, “In 2014, Beard purchased a scenic lot on Dunlap Lake with a master plan of creating his dream home there. He says he was inspired, in part, by the houses he has visited while vacationing in Colorado: “When I had a place in Boulder, I’d go around to these modern houses and see things I liked and thought about what made me comfortable.” But before embarking on his lake project, he decided to experiment with the modern build on a smaller project in downtown Edwardsville. He sketched out the plans and worked with architect Karl Winkler of Hurford Architects to solidify the design.”

His thought was that if he couldn’t sell it he would just live in it. After he completed it he loved the home and neighborhood so much he didn’t want to sell anymore.

From the outside, the two-story contemporary home’s clean, minimalist design makes a statement without overpowering. The light-gray LP SmartSide siding is balanced by natural stone and gray James Hardie front panels. The property is surrounded by redwood fencing.

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