The house at 11408 River Beauty Loop is located in The Hamlet, an exclusive Oldham County section of Norton Commons. Built, designed, and furnished by Mason Construction, Libby H Design Studio, and Cherry House Inc., the brand-new, modern farmhouse-style home is one of 10 on the 2022 Homearama tour, an annual Louisville event that showcases custom-built new homes at a single site.
Form and function
“The biggest thing we wanted (to do was) make design selections that reflect (the homeowners’) personality,” Libby Helgeson, of Libby H Design Studio, told The Courier Journal. “Our homeowners have a high value of functionality and how they will use this space.”
She adds that every element of the build — from the audio/visual components to the way the mudroom was designed — prioritized how the home would function for the family.
“I’m really excited that our homeowners will feel at home with finishes and details that are very thoughtful and reflective of their style,” she said.
The newly finished house boasts four bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms, two offices, a bar area, a mudroom, a loft space for lounging, a wraparound porch, an enclosed sunspace, and a bar and recreational area in the finished basement. But Helgeson’s favorite space is the kitchen.
Featuring white cabinetry, a white oak island, quartz countertops, and a chateau crayon backsplash, the space is also decked out with GE Monogram appliances.
“(And it’s) all tied together with beautiful aged-brass pendants,” Helgeson said. “The gold finishes are spectacular. … I love the lights. It just has a warm ambiance to it.”
Down in the basement, the homeowners opted for a more masculine feel, with stained cabinetry and darker countertops.
“We changed (up the look) with … deeper, darker (colors),” said Dan Perkins of Mason Construction. He adds that while the upstairs floors are white oak, the basement features darker-hued luxury vinyl plank, which is a durable flooring option often used in basements.
Also in the basement is a utility room that holds some of the equipment needed to power the home, which Perkins explains runs on geothermal heating and air.
“It’s the largest geothermal project in the United States,” he said. “Everything on this side of Norton Commons is (geothermal).”
Perkins adds that the room he favors the most in his most recent Norton Commons project is the loft area at the top of the stairs.
“It’s open and light,” he said. “It’s up (where) you don’t hear the noise from downstairs. It’s a great little getaway and reading nook.”
With built-in shelving, a window seat, leather chairs, and a plush green sofa, the space is a quiet respite from the rest of the home.
The furniture and accessories in the loft area — as well as throughout the rest of the home — were carefully curated by interior decorators Lauri Jones and Julie Redmon of Cherry House.
“It was a nice blank slate to work with,” Jones said, “and we went with a new/traditional route, using some traditional elements of furniture, but trying to make it seem fresh and modern at the same time.”
Redmon says they were fortunate that Perkins and Helgeson created a bright primary bedroom suite with high ceilings and interesting wallpaper, as it allowed them to play with fun colors throughout the space.
“When you’ve got wallpaper,” she added, “(it can be) a little bit more of a challenge to (incorporate) patterns with it.”
She explains they started off with a rug that would complement the wallpaper. “From there,” she said, “we went back to the store and went on a treasure hunt and found a chair, then started putting it all together.”
Jones added they got lucky, as they were able to find pillows online that were made with the same fabric from the chair. After that, the rest of the pieces began falling into place.
“It’s not something that just comes overnight,” Redmon said, explaining that they’ve been working on the house since February. “(But) it’s come together. It’s been fun, (and) it’s been challenging.”
“We’re happy with how it turned out,” Jones added.
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: Sept. 10-25. 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 4-bed, 4-and-a-half bath, 3,940-square-foot, farmhouse-style home that was built in 2022. It is located in The Hamlet, an exclusive Oldham County section of Norton Commons.
Distinctive elements: Wraparound porch; side porch with sunspace for multi-season living; paved side patio; custom cabinetry in kitchen and basement by Barber Cabinets; exquisite trim work; first-floor primary bedroom suite with side porch; GE Monogram appliances; granite countertops; Cherry House furniture; unique tile in all bathrooms; finished basement with bar, recreational area, bathroom, and bedroom.
This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Farmhouse-style home at The Hamlet in Norton Commons Homearama 2022
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