The three little pigs didn’t include zinc in the building materials they picked for their ill-fated houses, but if they saw this zinc-paneled contemporary home in Symmes Township, OH, they might reconsider.
Listed for $ 2.2 million, the 6,400-square-foot home is just 20 minutes outside of Cincinnati. It is sleek and stylish, with floor-to-ceiling windows that look out to a tree-filled landscape.
“There’s nothing more spectacular than when you’re sitting in the main room and it starts snowing,” says listing agent Michael Hines. “The snow is all around you.”
You will stay toasty, though. The house has Gore-Tex insulation behind the zinc panels and the floors have radiant gas heat, he notes.
If you get tired of the views, you can close the motorized blinds on the windows. If, however, you want to get even closer to nature, you can slide open the 20-foot glass wall and step out onto the patio.
The seller, who owns a home-building company, Quest Modern Homes, built this home for his family roughly six years ago. He also owns a company that retrofits industrial buildings. Because he uses a great deal of metal for his work, the use of zinc panels on his home seemed a natural pairing. “He just likes pushing the envelope. He likes building cool homes,” says Hines.
The home’s dramatic entrance leads to an interior that features ceilings as high as 26 feet in some places, Hines notes. The ultramodern kitchen has two ovens, stainless-steel countertops, and custom-built wood cabinets.
The “Zen outdoor space” includes a pool and fire pit on the 1.4-acre lot. A creek runs by the house, adding to the serenity of the hillside location.
The home has five bedrooms and 4.5 baths. Standout features include the first-floor powder room with a glowing red-light sink, the master bath with South African mahogany surrounding the sink, and the master bedroom with its own laundry room.
A large office features a built-in desk and credenza, and a theater room has a 110-inch high-definition projection TV and can seat 20 comfortably. “The house is big, but it’s not over-the-top big. It’s all functional space,” says Hines.