Winter 2018


As the owner of 84 Lumber and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Maggie Hardy Magerko could live anywhere, in any home she could dream up. She chose this one, a 4,000-square-foot modern house sited perfectly on a bend in Beaver Creek. It’s on 20 acres in Farmington, Fayette County, not far from her company’s Washington County headquarters.

The property at 400 Meadow Run Road is on the market for $1.6 million (MLS No. 1364837) with Mark Jennings of Piatt-Sotheby’s International Realty (www.piattsothebysre or 412-471-4900). It is open by appointment.

About a year ago, Ms. Hardy Magerko bought the house with an open floor plan, four bedrooms and 3½ bathrooms. Her favorite design element is one made by Mother Nature.

“Being able to open my bedroom windows and hear the creek flow by is my favorite part of the home,” she said in an email interview.

Along the back of the home, Ms. Hardy Magerko extended the decking “to take full advantage of the creek views,” she said. Visitors can step right from the deck into the creek.

“It is the perfect spot to fish,” she said. “Recently I brought in a crew to do a stream restoration which enhanced the fishing experience.”

Also taking advantage of the outdoors is an outdoor spa sheltered beneath a trellis-style ceiling and within latticed side walls. It’s privacy with a nod to Japanese architecture.

Built in 1988, the 1½-story home has a long driveway. On the way to the front door, you pass a three-stall horse barn and paddock. There are several walking trails that connect to the property. The L-shaped home includes an attached two-car garage and plenty of outdoor parking.

A wide entry leads to a front door painted a cheery red. Inside, light oak floors reflect the abundant light. Cathedral ceilings with oak planks and white wood beams offer geometric interest. Walls and furniture in soothing white and soft earth tones enhance 360-degree views of the Laurel Highlands.

The kitchen features all white cabinetry, a large farmhouse sink and butcher block counters. A six-burner gas cooktop sits under a large window and frosted white Maytag appliances add to the clean, reflective feel of the space.

The master bedroom is a luxury suite with a wall of windows, dressing and sitting areas and doors leading to the outdoors. The master bath has a pebbled stone floor and earthy wood vanities with white tops. A 10- by- 6-foot shower area opens up to an outdoor hot tub. Its open, trellis-style ceiling and latticed side walls offer privacy with a nod to Japanese architecture.

Two other main-floor bedrooms also have wood cathedral ceilings and are serviced by a single, large bathroom.

The spacious second-floor suite has soaring ceilings, a wall of windows and a balcony with even more amazing views. A floor-to-ceiling fireplace makes it a cozy space.

Ms. Hardy Magerko said she is not moving far away. “I will always be in the area due to my involvement with Nemacolin Woodlands Resort.”

The house has propane-fueled heating, well water, a septic system and central air-conditioning. Ms. Hardy Magerko is especially proud of one improvement. “I added a walkway from the house to the garage.”

The beautiful enclosed walkway, which mimics the house’s cathedral ceilings, is the physical embodiment of a little free advice from the owner of one of the country’s largest building supply companies.

“I think a mistake that people make is designing a house that isn’t functional for them or their family. They should not overlook the little elements that will make them happy.”

Rosa Colucci:; Twitter: PG_RosaColucci