Couple finds peace in Todds Road home’s natural light, seclusion

Bobbi Heizer and her husband, David Clubb, love being outdoors, and when they redesigned their home in 2000, they made sure to bring the outdoors inside.

The house at 4664 Todds Road was a contemporary structure sitting on about 30 acres when the couple purchased it. They bought the property with intent to develop it, but with their careers as a builder and a realtor, work kept them busy.

They stripped down the original house, leaving only the impressive stone fireplace that stretches to the ceiling and the hardwood floors in the dining room.

“We basically took it to the bare studs and built back,” David said.

They wanted to redesign with a more traditional style, and had a bit of trouble working with the staggered roof lines. David said the finished product objectively looks slightly contemporary, but it blends well with a traditional colonial style.

Natural light spills into the home through large multi-pane windows, letting in views of rolling green countryside.

“I love being outside, so we have glass everywhere,” Bobbi said.

The nearly floor-to-ceiling window in the master bedroom gave Bobbi one of her first memories in their home.

“This (view) is so nice to wake up to. Our first morning, we had snow, and my husband opened the blinds and it was just beautiful. It was a blizzard,” she said.

They added a sunroom at the back of the house where a pool once was.

“(The sunroom) has been one of our favorite spots. The view, its’ very light. You can see the sun come up and set, and you can see the moon come up,” she said.

They spend a lot of time on their back porch, which is covered by a pergola and encircled by handmade swings, one an old swing with a story to tell. A lush garden with roses and hostas surrounds the porch and lines the nearby fence.

“We love being outside. We love of the color of flowers,” Bobbi said of their back porch view. “It is enjoyable here. If you like solitude, it’s very private.”

Also on the property is a 1,400-square-foot guest house, an eight-stall barn with a hay loft and an attached shop with a large equipment room. Four-plank fences, creeks and trees add quaint beauty to the secluded piece of land.

Bobbi also takes pride in the home’s functionality. Just off the master bedroom are large “his and her” walk-in closets, the laundry room features cabinets for storage, there’s a four-car garage and a finished basement, and the house was built with a hallway that winds behind the fireplace between the bedrooms so residents and their guests don’t have to walk into the living room. The guest house also boasts similar luxuries and functionality.

“This is one of the highlights of the farm,” Bobbi said of the guest house. “It’s ideal for a mother-in-law, a student or a construction manager. It has real wood blinds, solid doorknobs and the floors are just gorgeous in this house.”

She said visitors are quite surprised at the guest house’s luxury as it boasts the same quality as the main house. The two-bedroom, three-bathroom house has a large living room fireplace, a two-car garage, a basement and a laundry room with a utility sink and lots of storage.

It’s also equally as private. She said they spend most of their time on their back porch, and their construction manager, who currently resides in the guest house, spends his time on his back porch, and they face the opposite direction of each other.

“They are very separate houses,” she said.

Between the guest house and the main house is the barn, and each of the eight stalls has its own door, lights, running water and electricity.

“This would be perfect for hunter/jumpers or (someone with) pleasure horses, something like that,” she said.

The attached shop used to serve prior residents as a car painting shop, and Bobbi said it would be a perfect place to collect cars or run a private business. The property has a subtle classic car theme, down to the light fixture near the entry of the main house that’s made from hood ornaments of old cars.

The real value of the farm, Bobbi and David say, is the location.

“It’s three miles from Hamburg. That’s good for 30 acres and a decent place to live,” she said. “It’s close to I-74, I-64, downtown, and five miles to the Horse Park. It’s a way to live the dream and be right close to where you have to be.”

“It’s the location for everything,” David said.

The couple’s personal touches, including an outdoor stone bench memorializing their dog and four horses, along with tranquility and solitude, have made it home for them.

“This has been a gift for us to be here as long as we have. You drive down the driveway and your cares fall away,” she said.

This weeks featured home is listed with Bobbie Heizer of Clubhouse Homes.