Made for the Moberlys
Wayne and Susan Moberly worked with a team of local professionals to build an Old World-style dream home.
Although they spent several years of the last decade living in St. Louis, Wayne and Susan Moberly always planned to end up back in Springfield. The two have family in 417-land, and they’ve always called it home. “We even continued to get 417 Magazine when we lived in St. Louis so we could keep up with the area,” says Susan.
The couple moved from St. Louis to a home in Rivercut in 2006. “It was 5,300 square feet, and we didn’t really need it that big since it was just the two of us,” says Wayne. They had seen the work of EuroWorld Design’s custom home designer Ron Hill featured in 417 Magazine while living in St. Louis, and they soon decided to contact him about building their new home. Their previous house sold in only five months, so they leased a home in Millwood while they worked with Hill and custom home builder Doug Pitts of Doug Pitts Construction to design and build a one-of-a-kind custom home.
The couple moved into their 4,100-square-foot Old World–style Millwood home 14 months later. A guest bedroom and bathroom,
workout room and game room are on the 1,000-square-foot second level, and the main level’s 3,100 square feet features both of their offices, the master bedroom suite, a living room, a dining room, a hearth room, a kitchen and a fabulous outdoor kitchen and living area. “We really live on this level,” Wayne says.
The spot is warm and welcoming, and great for the couple to live in, entertain in and come home to. “We like to travel a lot, but we always love to come home,” Wayne says. And Susan agrees. “It’s truly our dream home,” she says. “We feel very blessed and thankful.”
Both Susan and Wayne love to cook, so they designed the kitchen to be both spacious and user-friendly. The center island is covered in a gorgeous granite, and one side is lined with four bar stools, a favorite feature of the couple’s grandchildren. “They were the big pull to get us back here,” Wayne says of 7-year-old Rylie, 6-year-old Brandon and 4-year-old Karley. The floors in the kitchen, as well as much of the lower level, are a beautiful hand-scraped hickory, and the space features elaborate beam work. The cabinets in the space, built by Dan Fritz of Fritz Design and Concepts, are alder wood, and they were given a glazed finish by Johnny Smith of Wonder-Faux Finishes.
Master Bedroom & Bathroom
In addition to a comfortable, well-dressed bed, the master bedroom has a cozy sitting area. Wayne says he and Susan enjoy spending time there in the mornings, and they like to sit in the space as they sip lattes on the weekends. And the master bathroom is different than most. Instead of one common bath area, both Susan and Wayne have their own bathrooms, and they’re connected by a walk-through shower. Susan’s bathroom is slightly larger than Wayne’s and features a claw-foot tub, and the shower is made over-the-top luxurious with several jets and two shower heads.
The Great Room
The great room includes one of the home’s five fireplaces, with the others in Wayne’s office, the hearth room, the master bedroom and the outdoor kitchen. The fireplaces in the hearth room and outside are wood-burning, and the others are gas. The space is also what the couple calls the movie room, and the flat-screen 3D television looks built in to the space with custom-built cabinetry. The room is a cozy and comfortable spot complete with surround sound, and it overlooks the outdoor kitchen area and the 16th hole of the Millwood golf course. “We like to sit out there and watch golfers,” Susan says.
Wayne is owner of Business Research Group, Inc., and he works out of his home office. “It has a few more bells and whistles than mine,” Susan says with a smile. Johnny Smith of Wonder-Faux Finishes painted the Moberly family crest above the room’s fireplace, and the turret ceiling adds dimension to the space. The cabinetry was designed to hide many of the office’s electronic wires, and the free-standing desk is a favorite piece that Wayne has had for many years.