1989 Tom and Jacquie Hignite were living in an apartment near
Northridge Mall in Milwaukee, dreaming about building their
dream home. Every weekend, they attended all of the open houses
in town awaiting the day they could afford to buy their first
Before Tom and
Jacquie ever built their first home, they were home shoppers.
It seemed that no matter how many homes they visited on their
search for their ideal home, something was always missing.
Either a side entry garage would not fit, or there was no
way to add a front porch, or getting storage items from garage
to basement was awkward, or you had no possibility of a clothes
chute. It seemed that to find the perfect house would require
In 1990, using
Tom's design background, a long list of desires was drawn
up and Tom and Jacquie created their own miracle home. This
home was different from anything they ever saw because it
was "user friendly." There were logical traffic
paths, extra wide stairs, and possible furniture placements
planned. Tom called these homes ergonomically designed. "Who
in their right mind would ever want to carry their dirty clothes
down a flight of stairs? That is why they invented clothes
chutes," Tom says. To this day, every Miracle and Crowne
Series 2-story home has a clothes chute.
Tom explains "accessing
a basement to me, is very important. I want my basement stairs
on a direct travel path from the garage for carrying things
from my car for storage projects. Since the basement is also
used for family and entertaining, we also insist that all
Miracle basement stairs are totally open and placed directly
by a main living area. I don't know of another designer's
stair that works from both garage and living - it's our exclusive."
Similar thoughts have gone into everything from separating
bedrooms by closets for privacy, to having dining rooms that
seat no less than 12, to having specific furniture layouts
to allow everyone in the family room to see both television
and fireplace in the same eyeshot.
Tom and Jacquie
are always asked to explain the name "Miracle Homes".
Tom replies, "If we were a home shopper and found a home
like we offer, we like to think it would be a bit miraculous.
Beyond the homes, we attempt to have a Christian based philosophy
in the way we build homes and we wanted our name to in some
way to reflect that principal." All models begin as custom
designs and are never copied from existing home plans. Miracle
Homes builds homes from Kenosha to Door County.