House 05: 560 Sunnyside Drive, Louisville, KY 40206
Whole House Renovation
4169 Westport Road, Louisville, KY 40207
502-376-8526 / Wilkinson-Inc.com
Renovating this 3,200 sq. ft. French Country home was a family affair. When Registered Remodeler Bill Wilkinson’s son Dean purchased a home that had not been refurbished since 1961, the father/son team embarked on an extensive project. They, along with Bill’s wife Nancy, Dean’s wife Frances, and architect Tim Winters collaborated on a design that fills the home with vibrancy and functionality.
Several walls were removed to allow an open design that improves both visual and traffic flow. Original oak floors in the foyer, living room, former kitchen and master bedroom were refinished. Much of the drywall was removed and reapplied as foamed insulation was added to the envelope of the home.
An imaginative redesign, with a focus on remaining true to the home’s character, encompassed several facets, all interrelated but individually distinctive.
The screen porch was enclosed to become part of the family room that has a true shiplap ceiling. Structural changes to the first floor included opening up a wall between the kitchen and stairs and enlarging the opening from the kitchen to the dining room.
The former kitchen took on new life as a dining area that’s adjacent to the kitchen in which custom white traditional cabinets with Imperial Danby countertops stylishly contrast with the island’s concrete top.
A bedroom and Jack and Jill bathroom were combined into a master bath and large closet. Marble floors, a double vanity, water closet, shower and free-standing tub create the comfortably luxurious bathroom. A laundry area was fashioned from a portion of the back hall and Jack and Jill bathroom.
A large attic was converted to a guest bedroom, a sitting room was converted to a bathroom, the layout of an existing bathroom was redesigned, and a closet was added.
The project also involved removing the walls of a cellar room in the basement, decorating the basement as a playroom and installing geothermal equipment in a closet.
Cove dove detailing was added to match the front exterior of the house, gas lanterns were placed to flank the door and the house was fitted with copper gutters. Further updating the exterior is a walkway that matches the limestone on the front porch.
Perfect for entertaining, the original brick terrace behind the house was retained. A row of boxwoods was removed and a window was added to the garage to balance that of the house’s second floor.
Appliances: Bonnycastle Appliance & TV
Closets: Closets by Design
Countertops: ELeet Stone Countertops
Doors: Cunningham Overhead Door
Electrical: Cardinal Electric
Entertainment Systems, Central Vacuum and Security: Super Home Systems
Financing: Commonwealth Bank & Trust
Flooring: Signature Flooring
HVAC: Robbins HVAC
Interior Design: Frances Wilkinson, Nancy Wilkinson
Invisible Fence: Invisible Fence of Greater Louisville
Irrigation: Diaz Irrigation
Landscaping: Bowling’s Nursery
Lighting: Brecher’s Lighting
Lumber and Trim: K-I Lumber & Building Materials
Plumbing: Dauenhauer Plumbing
Plumbing Fixtures: Willis Klein Showrooms, Plumber’s Supply Co.
Tile: Louisville Tile; Trim: Cox Interiors
Windows: Pella Windows & Doors