“(It started) last December,” Kroll told The Courier Journal. “The homeowner had a lot of input to the design. It’s a unique house — there’s no other house in Norton Commons that looks like it.”
As soon as one walks through the front door, Kroll explains, they’ll notice that Lilly is unlike most homes in the neighborhood. For starters, this house has a foyer — and a large, brick accent wall immediately to the right.
The great room features window seats on both sides of the fireplace and flows into the kitchen, which opens to a screened-in fireplace porch via large sliding accordion doors that essentially transform the rooms into one large space.
A walk-in pantry was built along one side of the kitchen, cleverly disguised as cabinetry while offering enough space to store everything from food and beverages to dishes and small appliances. The dining area provides seating for six and opens to another small porch.
“(One of the downstairs bedrooms) is for aging parents, when they come over,” Kroll said, “but it can also be used as an office. It has its own private bath as well.”
Down the hall, a bright and bold powder room is conveniently located to accommodate guests. Just past it is the main bedroom suite; its large bathroom boasts a long double vanity as well as a spacious shower with multiple rain showerheads and connects to a walk-in closet with lots of built-in drawers.
“(It has) kind of a clean look,” Kroll said of the suite, which features lots of neutral tones with gold accents. “They wanted everything (to be) simple.”
Toward the back of the home, there’s a spacious laundry room as well as a decked-out mudroom area that features ample storage, chevron accents, and a workstation.
RevWood, which combines the beauty of hardwood with the grit of laminate, is used throughout. “There’s no carpet in the whole house,” Kroll said.
Downstairs, the finished basement boasts a bedroom, exercise room, bar, and TV-watching spaces.
“There’s (the) big, main TV area,” Kroll explained, “and the subsidiary TV area with the full-height counter bar.”
To the right of the basement bar, a sliding door leads to a bourbon room. The space features ample cabinet space, a stone-like wall with Old Forester and W.L. Weller casks, and six floating shelves.
“The light will shine through and (illuminate) the bottles,” Kroll said.
Additional bedrooms and bathrooms are on the second floor — and right at the top of the stairs, there’s another feature that Kroll says is a first in Norton Commons and his favorite part of the house. “It’s like a sunroom loft area,” he explained. “It’s kind of a new concept.”
Natural light from windows on two sides of the room brightens up the huge space, which boasts a window seat with storage underneath, a large sofa, a round table with chairs in one corner, a massage chair in another and a wall-mounted TV with an entertainment center. Above, active dormers — another rare feature in the neighborhood — let in additional sunlight and make the room feel even bigger than it already is.
“(The home also) technically has six bedrooms, which is kind of rare for (Norton Commons),” Kroll added. “And the style of the house on the outside is very unique. A lot of the houses here are really boxy, (but this one) is not that way. It’s a craftsman style, but it has two big, dormer windows on the outside. I think it just sets it (apart).”
WHAT: Homearama is an annual Louisville event that showcases custom-built new homes at a single site. The homes are fully furnished, decorated, and landscaped, and feature the latest in building trends, technology, and interior design. Homearama has been produced by the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville since 1968.
WHEN: now through Sept. 25. Weekdays, 5-8 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays, 1-6 p.m. Ticket gate closes 30 minutes prior to closing time.
WHERE: Norton Commons | The Hamlet | Oldham County
TICKETS: Tickets are $15 per person. Children 12 and younger are free with an adult. Tickets are available online.
MORE INFORMATION: homearama.com
nuts & bolts
Home: This is a 6-bed, 5-and-a-half bath, 5,350-square-foot, craftsman-style home that was built in 2022. It is located in The Hamlet, an exclusive Oldham County section of Norton Commons.
Distinctive elements: One-of-a-kind exterior in Norton Commons; trimmed-out loft area with bay windows; in-law suite on the main floor; bourbon room in basement; brick accent wall in the stairwell; private grilling porch; large, wraparound porch with screened-in fireplace room; gourmet kitchen with butler pantry; large accordion door to side porch; large, walk-in pantry with a hidden door.
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This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Craftsman-style Homearama home unlike anything else in Norton Commons
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