Inside Dr. Swann's Home
Dr. Michael Swann’s home was renovated to create a space that reflects his family’s lifestyle: modern and fun.
Written by Rose Marthis | Photos by Holmes Photography
Some might say that Dr. Michael Swann’s life is a great example of work hard, play hard. Most 417-landers know him as the owner and lead doctor of Swann Dermatology & Esthetics. But he’s also a musician and a family man. And when he and his family moved into their southeast Springfield home in 2014, he wanted to make sure his home reflected his life of family and fun.
The house was originally dark brick with white columns evident of Colonial style. He knew he wanted the home to feel more modern and transitional, so he worked with Haden Long of Ellecor Design & Gifts to create an elegant Colorado-style lodge. Both the exterior and interior were renovated to transform the style of the home. On the front of the home, the columns were squared off and the dark brick was changed to Brazilian Chestnut for a lighter touch. The deck was completely redone and privacy screens were added, with a door adding access to the master suite.
Inside, details were updated to include hard surfaces and simple materials like wood and steel. Some doors and walls were removed to open up the flow, and practical changes were made for the family’s use. Swann entertains frequently and his three children always have friends over, so he wanted to include his pinball machines and foosball tables in the hearth room and basement. The kitchen and the other bedrooms are next on the list for renovations. But the kitchen opening directly to the hearth room is already conducive to entertaining.
Ultimately, Swann wanted to update the house to fit his busy, but fun, lifestyle. “The feel of the house is me as a kid at heart,” he says. “I think it feels like a fun house.“
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