A Place for All Seasons

A Mount Horeb home celebrates nature and brims with personality

Kit Kasten has created his own private paradise in Mount Horeb. SEE MORE PHOTOS OF THE HOME IN THE SLIDESHOW BELOW.

Kit Kasten has created his own private paradise in Mount Horeb. SEE MORE PHOTOS OF THE HOME IN THE SLIDESHOW BELOW.

Kit Kasten’s home sits off a rural road surrounded by rolling farmland. Trees obscure views of the house, and visitors walk along a wood-chip path to reach the front door.

Kasten loves this hidden piece of paradise he shares with wife Vicky, ten-year-old stepson Bradley, dog Blacky and cat Billy. And he’s put a lot of time and work into making it his family’s private escape.

“It’s quiet at night and you can’t see another house from any window,” he says.

A native New Yorker, Kasten came to Madison for college. Claiming Wisconsin as his new home, he began building a house in Mount Horeb eighteen years ago. Four additions and countless smaller projects later, the house is now how he likes it.

Kasten paid special attention to his home’s interaction with the natural world, taking care to create spots from which he could observe changes in light, hour to hour or season by season. “The lighting is very beautiful,” he says, adding that fall is his favorite season.

Inside, the heart of the home is a cozy living room with a wood stove and an adjacent dining room with built-in shelves overflowing with books. Throughout the house wood floors, Oriental rugs and stained-glass windows handmade by Kasten add character. And quirky touches—art in the kitchen, plants tucked into corners and an eclectic mix of furniture collected over the years—further the charm.

While the house was a work-in-progress for so long, Kasten doesn’t foresee any major projects on the horizon.

“I think I’m done,” he says. “I think I’m going to enjoy it now.”

Katie Vaughn is an associate editor of Madison Magazine.

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