Project Address: 431 Country Lane, Louisville, KY 40207
Project: Whole House Renovation with a two story addition
J.P. Waller Design Group
291 N Hubbards Lane, Ste 172-241,
Louisville, KY 40207 / 502-639-6494
The location of this classic center hall Colonial home was perfect but the house itself had not been updated since the 1950s. J. P. Waller Design Group doubled the size of the house by adding a ten-foot ceiling two-story addition, and extensively renovated the remainder of the house, resulting in a home that depicts “barefoot elegance,” according to J. P. Waller.
Unique to the addition is hardwood flooring, acquired through Longwood Antique Flooring, that was the original wood from the rickhouses of the Wild Turkey Distillery that was damaged by a lightning strike. “The wood had the wonderful smell of a rick house when we installed it. We didn’t sand the wood heavily and preferred to finish it with tongue oil rather than urethane,” says J. P. Waller.
Rich in character, stunning features abound throughout the home. Novel ceiling treatments and a wood burning fireplace with a slate surround enrich the family room. The space is also notable for a brick arch that was built from brick that was removed from the back of the house. The mason was asked not to strike the mortar joins, but to brush them instead, giving the appearance that a brick wall was uncovered during construction. Also made out of solid brick is a detailed jack arch, a lovely complement to the antique flooring, that leads from the entry hall.
Frequent entertainers, the family considers the kitchen the heart of the home. One objective of the remodel was to meld the ambience of the family room and kitchen into one space, while at the same time giving definition to each area. To accomplish that, small beams provide an artistic segregation that exudes cozy luxury.
The kitchen incorporates three finishes on different areas of cabinetry. On the wall of cabinets that houses a gas range and curvature hood, ovens and refrigerator, a buttercream color is a soft response to the large island that has a stained wood finish. Fabricating the hood was a difficult endeavor as the mantel is fashioned around the drywall chimney. An ebony finish hutch, with feet and glass doors, was designed to occupy a dead space in the kitchen.
French doors lead from the master bedroom into a master bath that’s full of glitz and glamour. Half columns extend to the barrel arch ceiling from which hang several chandeliers. The floor is distinctive for its black granite border and inset rug of glass mosaic tile that coordinates with a glass mosaic bowed platform in front of the whirlpool tub. Also in the bathroom are a built-in linen closet and large shower with a bench and tile rug.
A Jack and Jill bathroom is compartmentalized so that each person enters a vanity space. A door divides the bath/shower combo from a water closet.
The remodel project also included the installation of new moldings and ceiling treatments throughout the house, insulation in the exterior walls, two ninety-five percent efficient HVAC systems and all new electric and plumbing.
Lumber and Millwork: K-I Lumber and Building Materials
Drywall: Advance Drywall
Electrical: S & J Electrical
HVAC: Robbins HVAC
Tile: Louisville Tile
Flooring: Longwood Antique Flooring and Owen Hardwood Flooring
Countertops: Kentuckiana Countertops
Hardware: Willis Klein
Landscaping: David Butcher Landscaping
Exterior Siding: James Hardie Co