For the last 10 years, Ray and Joy Mazza had had their eyes on the Carroll County community of Sunfire Custom Homes. So when a model came on the market in that neighborhood, they jumped at the opportunity to purchase it for $556,000.

Located on a hill overlooking a handful of other homes constructed by the same builder and sitting on nearly 2 acres, the home has a two-story traditional style with five gables jutting from a slightly pitched roof. The couple decided it was the perfect place for them to settle and raise their three children.

The family moved in at the beginning of December and, with their minimalist decorating style, they were settled into their 3,850-square-foot home five weeks later.

A touch of elegance is found in the two-story open entrance hall with its 20-foot ceiling and grand oak staircase, which separates the living room and dining room. However, the family is apt to spend the most time in the back area of the first floor, where the Mazza children, 9-year-old Cole, 7-year-old Bell (short for Isabella) and 5-year-old Carson can be found playing with their toy cars and racing around the open kitchen and family room.

"We love the wood floors," said Joy Mazza, a medical sales representative for Johnson & Johnson, as she pointed out the planks of oak.

Mazza said she and her husband have a fondness for the clean lines of Mission-style furniture that, in this case, allow the home's interior architectural embellishments to shine through. A perfect example is found in the tray ceilings of the family room, contrasted against walls painted in a medium shade of taupe,

In the family room, the eggshell color of the ceiling and the deep sills on a wall of windows offer a backdrop for the neutral colors of the rose-beige L-shaped sofa with two matching hassocks and the cherry end tables and entertainment center. The only carpeted room on the first level, it has a cream shag bordered by the moldings and the stone fireplace.

"We are very happy with the craftsmanship of the home and the high level of attention to detail," said Ray Mazza, a senior advanced therapeutics territory manager for Smith & Nephew.

The kitchen lives up to his assessment with its 42-inch-tall glazed maple cabinets, L-shaped counters with granite countertops and a 5-by-6-foot granite-topped center island. Stainless-steel appliances sparkle against travertine tile.

The bedrooms, off the second level's open hallway, are spacious, all with views from multiple windows. A Jack-and-Jill bathroom separates each of the boys' rooms and is used by both. Bell, whose room features pink accents and white furniture, has her own attached bathroom, as do her parents in their spacious master suite. The master has a tray ceiling painted cream with a brown trim, contrasting with olive walls.

The second level also has a large TV room over the three-car garage and a comfortable guest bedroom with twin beds.

"This home is the perfect space to entertain and spend time with our family, which is most important to us," said Ray Mazza.

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Making the dream

Dream location: From the home's hill location, the couple can look out from any window at the front of the house and see the Carroll County landscape. The home is also conveniently located near the couple's sales territories.

Dream decor: A minimalist style with full functionality is found in the Mazza's front two rooms. The dining room, with its chair rail and tray ceiling, contains a mahogany Arts and Crafts table with seating for eight and a matching buffet over which a large piece of artwork hangs. Here, the Mazzas entertain friends and family.The living room is used as a double office, complete with a large barrister bookcase.

Dream plans: "[We want to] design the mudroom with cubbies to aid with daily organization and to beautify the space," said Ray Mazza. "In the spring, we plan on landscaping the property and including fruit trees for each of our children."