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Butte home brimming with hand-crafted custom details
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Butte home brimming with hand-crafted custom details


Although Number 1 Bittersweet Drive is situated in a suburban setting, you won’t find any cookie-cutter details in this home located near the Butte Country Club.

The 3,190-square-foot, single-story house is the home of Brent and Dr. Jessie Kautzman, who have worked hard to make the home their own.

Brent Kautzman is a carpenter while Jessie Kautzman is a family practitioner who’s been practicing for 17 years in Butte.

Brent has crafted an impressive amount of detail in the home, from kitchen and bathroom cabinetry to crown molding and other decorative elements.

Number 1 Bittersweet Drive was built in 1978, but the home is anything but outdated, featuring modern fixtures and details throughout, along with an updated floor plan supplied by the Kautzmans, who haven’t been afraid of knocking down a few walls.

Upon entering the home, one is greeted by an open-concept kitchen and dining area. The dining area exudes warm, optimistic vibes with its real-wood floors and white wainscoting, while the kitchen is refined with a charcoal-to-black granite that contains hints of blue flecks.

Exposed brickwork obscures the chimneys for the home’s upstairs and basement fireplaces and forms a backdrop for the kitchen’s butcher-block island.

The exposed brick also creates a division that separates the kitchen from the living area whose centerpiece is a wood-burning fireplace surrounded by stone. The living area’s ceiling fan, meanwhile, is outlined in white trim to match the crown molding, which can be found in several areas throughout the home.

The master bedroom features yet more white custom woodwork, while its bathroom boasts heated floors, hickory cabinetry, and a large walk-in shower with double shower heads and a ceiling crafted to look like tin ceiling tiles. The bathroom counter, meanwhile, is a hue of granite known as “blue pearl.”

In addition to the master bedroom, the first level boasts two guest rooms and a full bath, while the backyard features an ample yard, wooden patio, hot tub, and storage shed that formerly served as a playhouse. Behind the home is an open green space, which the Kautzmans say is a great spot for kids to play or practice athletics.

The basement of the home is finished, and the Kautzmans say that when they completed the basement overhaul, their kids couldn’t wait to move to the bedrooms downstairs.

In the basement, one will find three bedrooms and a full bathroom, laundry room, and living area. Notable features of the basement include the living room’s gas fireplace and built-in entertainment center and the bathroom’s Bluetooth speakers, black concrete countertops, and walk-in shower with pebble-stone flooring.

“There’s all sorts of detail. (It has) real hardwood. Most of the time you just see laminate anymore,” said listing agent Tracy Miller and co-owner of Butte Real Estate Group, expressing her enthusiasm for the home.

“There’s lots of love in this house,” said Miller.

The Kautzmans plan to stay in Butte. Although they’re looking for an upgrade, they say they’ll miss their Bittersweet home, where they have lived for 17 years and have raised their three children, Lexi, 18; Casey, 16; and Camille, 14.

“This house has been a great family house,” said Jessie when asked what it’s been like to live in the home.

“And really good neighbors,” Brent added.


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