Once all the blocks were in place, the couple started poring over books and magazines to decide how they wanted their home designed. Loving a variety of styles, they chose different looks for each of the rooms -– which is a delight to the eyes, but a nightmare to subcontractors.
“Our house was complicated for the builders and we weren’t sure it was going to work,” said Mike. Since he had built houses with his father, he knew how to properly supervise the work of the contractors.
Certain rooms topped the list in the area of importance. Kathy was mostly concerned with the size and layout of the laundry room, bathroom and kitchen. Mike was focused on that four-car garage and the 40-foot deck overlooking the water.
Aesthetically, Kathy chose border or tile for several rooms and then asked Donna Harris of New Creations to match a faux finish on the walls. The result is perfection. Looking as textured walls, the paint job compliments the chosen accents.
Also a fan of built-in cabinetry, Kathy has made use of the feature throughout the home. Next to her vanity, Mike built a jewelry cabinet into the wall with a mirrored door. The dining room features built in cabinets and a smooth countertop. Medicine cabinets in the bathroom are also recessed to make the best use of space.
Also wanting to eliminate wasted space in the kitchen, Kathy asked Tony Collins, owner of Cabinet Crafters, to include three corner curio cabinets with internal lights. Instead of seeing the side of a closed cabinet, guests may look at lovely collections of dishes. Atop the upper cabinets are seasonal displays for all to enjoy.
“We have been able to use the talents of all our friends and neighbors,” said Kathy. “One did the trim, another built the cabinets and another put the plans together for us. We had some great people helping us.”