House 04: 2555 Woodbourne Avenue, Louisville, KY 40205
Kitchen and Sunroom Remodel; Deck and Garage Construction
Redsmith Construction LLC
110 S. Crestmoor Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206
502-479-4075 / RedsmithConstruction.com
This Mid-Century Modern ranch reflects an aesthetic that brims with whimsical imagination and outstanding craftsmanship.
More than 40 tons of sand were used to create from the driveway in back of the house what is known as “The Beach in the Highlands.” The beach has a unique mix of sand from Saudi Arabia, Italy, Ireland and France as guests have contributed sand from their travels around the world. A waterfall pond and a beach scene mural on the side of the garage combine with hundreds of shells, lanterns and beach paraphernalia for what is surely one of Louisville’s most unusual outdoor spaces.
The homeowners are entertainers extraordinaire, inviting guests to enjoy the beach as well as a four seasons room, repurposed from a carport, that opens onto an inviting deck. There are no vestiges of the former carport’s flat roof in the new four seasons room. A vaulted ceiling with whitewashed beadboard, sliding glass doors and push-out casement windows with retractable screens expand the theme of an outdoor oasis. A collection of sailboats is displayed on beams and rope lighting above the crown moulding sets a soft tone during the evening.
Inside, the kitchen was enlarged by moving a wall of an adjacent room. An exposed brick wall, vaulted ceiling with three skylights and cherry cabinets topped with a Cambria® quartz countertop accented by a cobalt blue backsplash are striking design components.
A peninsula that housed a double oven, built in the center of the kitchen, was an eyesore that impeded flow. The kitchen redesign incorporated a moveable island that is great for food preparation or as a buffet. Two ovens and a beverage center with an icemaker are often called into action for the many parties hosted by the homeowners.
Once a dark, paneled office, the dining room is a welcoming room that showcases bookcases on either side of a newly constructed door from the four seasons room. On the shelves of the bookcases is a display of art glass and other eye-catching pieces.
The entire first floor of the home and the beach area were designed to be handicapped accessible and for aging-in-place.
Carpeting was removed and replaced with hardwood flooring. Also part of the renovation was the construction of a two-car garage with a loft for storage and improved insulation by installing spray foam in the attic.
Appliances: Bonnycastle Appliance & TV
Cabinets: Cornerstone Kitchen & Bath
Design: Redsmith Construction and Angela McLean
Electric: Risen Electric
Interior Design: Homeowner
HVAC: Goldey’s HVAC
Insulation: Energy Savers
Plumbing: H2O Plumbing
Plumbing Fixtures: Creative Kitchen & Bath
Skylight: Velux Skylights and Assurance Roofing
Windows: Marvin Windows and Doors, Door Store and Windows