Sarah Richardson Builds an Off-the-Grid Home for Her Family

Designer Sarah Richardson tackled her most ambitious project yet: building a dream home with her husband Alex and their two young daughters. Throughout the year-long project, Sarah juggled her role as a mother, business owner and general contractor.

It's a Family Affair

Sarah's most amibitious build yet was a team effort that included her husband Alex Younger and their daughters Robin and Fiona.

Main Floor

The completed main floor foyer is open and airy, with steps leading down into the basement and media room.


The kitchen is part of the open concept that Sarah calls the "Great Hall." From the kitchen island, Sarah can see through the kitchen into the dining room and living room.


The kitchen also includes a natural gas range stove and contemporary cabinet storage throughout, plus a bay window with a breakfast banquette that seats six.

Dining Room

Just off of the main entryway is the dining room, which sits at the center of the "Great Hall," featuring a large table that seats fourteen. The French doors open up to a covered porch.

Living Room

Located on the main floor, the living room includes a gorgeous marble stoned fireplace and plush seating for friends and family.


The sunroom, just off of the living room and dining room area, offers additional seating and lots of natural light, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows.

Laundry Room

The earthy white, cornflower blues and warm brown color palette continues in the laundry room and office. Nice touch, Sarah!

Hallway to Mudroom

We love the white walls and blue-accented doors throughout the hallway to the mudroom.

(Hi, Daisy!)


A new home build essential: mudroom with direct access to the outside. It's a perfect place for dirty rain boots and wet coats.

Robin's Bedroom

The second floor holds all of the bedrooms. First up: Robin's Bedroom which continues the color scheme from the first floor mudroom with lots of white, blue and rustic wood accents.

Robin's Bathroom

A gorgeous white bathroom with a large soaker tub.

Fiona's Bedroom

Fiona's bedroom has beautiful light green walls, a baby blue bed, and amazing views of rolling green hills.

Fiona's Bathroom

The light green continues through to the bathoom.

Master Bedroom

Sarah and Alex's master bedroom is a combination of whites, grays and rustic wood accents. Beautiful floor to ceiling windows bring in an incredible amount of light. And the views of the countryside are spectacular.

Master Bathroom

The master bathroom is complete with double vanities and a soaker tub.

Master Bath

The walk-in shower boasts double shower heads.

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