A house on this year's Tour of Distinctive Homes in Bath Township is truly one of a kind.

Well, at least for now.

Nestled in the western section of the township off Medina Line Road, the home — one of six on the tour, set for Thursday — is actually for sale.

The six-bedroom, seven-bath, 6,720-square-foot home reflects the tastes of its owners, Ralf and Ylda Huther. Its contemporary design is inspired by American architect Richard Meier and incorporates elements of a home the couple once owned in Ralf's native Germany.

The couple plans to move to Texas where Ylda grew up, so the house built in 2002 is on the market with a listing price of $899,000.

"If we could take the house with us, we would," she said. "So we will do the next best thing and rebuild it there."

The future home to be built near San Antonio will be an exact replica, down to the spiral staircase in the corner of the kitchen and the indoor pool, with a couple of exceptions. Ylda said they plan to incorporate larger windows this time around and make the garage bigger.

"You can never have enough garage space," said Ralf, who works in the medical device field.

They say it will take about a year and half for workers to re-create their dream home. They have already purchased the lot and are finalizing the blueprints.

Like its Bath counterpart, the home will have a large inviting entry space and a staircase with footlights on each step leading to a catwalk overlooking the space on the second floor.

The home is a sea of white, from the walls to the carpet. But that doesn't mean it is devoid of color.

"I like white," Ylda explains. "It is like a blank canvas and then you can add to the palette."

The walls of the main house — there is an in-law/guest house attached — are adorned with original paintings by Ylda and other modern works. There are also photographs Ylda took, reflecting various seasons in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Outside the home office is a sculpture by Mexico City artist Heriberto Juarez, whose works can be found throughout the home.

The wall of windows in the rear of the home, looking out on a courtyard with a modern metal fountain and a large pond in the yard, are not your typical ones found at Lowe's.

The windows are custom and have an unusual design commonly found in Germany: They tilt inward from the top, but also can be opened like a door to let more air in.

The master suite upstairs boasts a walkout balcony and an exercise room. The master bath has darker floor tiles and black tiles in the shower that offer a contrast to the white cabinets and walls.

The walls and decor of their daughter’s bedroom are a rare splash of color in the home. There is a Jack and Jill bath that connects to their son’s room.

Ylda said the kids are now off to college, but their daughter wanted to keep it looking the way it was when she was in high school.

Her son was ready for a change, so the walls in his room are white like the rest of the house, decorated with car sketches and large gas-powered airplanes to liven things up.

Back downstairs, a coffee table in the main living room is home to glass pieces by local artists that carry the bright blue motif found throughout the home. Bright blue also accents the dining room in the form of the seats on modern-looking black chairs situated around a glass-top table.

And the nearby half-bath is unusual — at least in America — with a German-designed stainless-steel vanity.

The kitchen has clean white cabinets with stainless-steel accessories and black appliances.

This area leads to the 15-by-30-foot indoor pool that is 6 feet deep. The walls of the pool area are made of water-resistant green board that is painted white and covered a with special epoxy that can easily be cleaned with a hose.

Added touches include heated towel bars, which can also be found in the home's bathrooms.

The patio that includes a fire pit leads to the door of the in-law suite built in 2013. Its decor leans toward classical art rather than contemporary.

This space is decorated with works of Latin artists, including several smaller sculptures by Heriberto Juarez.

The many religious-themed artworks found here were part of the personal collection of Ylda's father, Leoncio A. Garza-Valdes, who penned the book "The DNA of God?" The suite's master bedroom is home to an oil painting of Maria Garza, Ylda's mother, by Pablo O’Higgins.

This will mark the 42nd year for the home tour put on by the Bath Volunteers for Service to help raise money for a number of charitable causes in the community.

Marie Dusini, publicity chair for the annual event, said it is such a generous gift by the six homeowners to open their homes to the community. Tickets are $30.

Directions to the homes featured on the tour are not revealed to participants until Thursday, the day of the event. For more information, visit bathvolunteersforservice.com.

Dusini said the Huther home is truly one of a kind.

"This is such a wonderful home," she said. "You will not find one like it again."

 

Craig Webb can be reached at cwebb@thebeaconjournal.com.