Every year, The magazine of southern life chooses a house in a southern city to showcase interior design and house style ideas. Double the house of ideas, the house is the subject of a special issue and is open to the public for visits. This year, for the very first time, the selected home is right here in Bluegrass State.
“We’re a member of their Southern Living Custom Builder program,” said Jimmy King, co-owner of Signature Craft Houses in perspective. “They hand-select about 100 builders (from) across the country, (and) we’ve been a member for about 15 years. We have been pushing for them to have the Idea House in Louisville for years. … They finally called and said, “We think we’re ready to come to Kentucky. We want to do it.
Custom colonial cottage
Atlanta-based architect Brandon Ingram took inspiration from historic southern and coastal New England architecture to design the colonial Greek Revival-style cottage that is 2021 Idea House. Built by Artisan Signature Homes in The Breakers at Prospect, the home features four bedrooms, four full baths, and two powder rooms in a 5,170 square foot plan dubbed “Riverbend” by Southern Living.
King adds that the core Idea House team also included Nashville interior designer Sarah Bartholomew and local landscape architect Josh Meyers. “We all got together for several (weekly) Zoom calls, just to get the right level of detail,” he said. “Our goal was to make sure we positioned this house in a way… to really take advantage of the view of the river. “
Located on one of the neighborhood’s limited premium lots, the home offers stunning views of the Ohio River. The room in the house with the best view is also King’s favorite.
“The upstairs room leading to the second story porch,” he described, “when you go up those steps and look to the left, and you just look at this view and this room that’s wide open with the beautiful beams. … You have the patio doors and you have this second floor porch that gives (to) a breathtaking view of the Ohio River. It’s probably my favorite piece.
“(The) spell goes all the way to the four-plank fence over there,” King told the Courier Journal, “and just behind is a nature reserve, so it’s never going to be built. That’s (the) view. for life.
In addition to stunning views, the backyard also features an outdoor kitchen, pavilion, and doghouse that looks like a mini version of the current house. There’s even a swing hanging from a 125-year-old oak tree.
Inside, several hidden doors blend seamlessly into the walls, as does a hidden desk built into the library bookshelf. The room itself is arranged in such a way that it can be used for studying, working or getting together intimately with a few friends. It’s a flexible space, a bit like the green studio on the other side of the house.
“(It’s) nothing more than a multi-function room,” King said, adding that the inclusion of the space was a result of the current climate. With more people working from home and blurring the lines between business and family life, a function room in a central location just made sense. “You can come in and make Zoom calls, the kids can come in, there are lockers in there, (and) an office. It really is a fantastic room, right next to the kitchen.
Every aspect of the Idea House has been well thought out and executed with intention, from the detailed finishing work and paneling to the hand painted flooring and the absence of gutters.
“We have a drainage system all around the house,” King said. “The water flows out, goes into a drainage system, and then we drain it. Some people think aligners are ugly (and) don’t want to draw attention to (them). … There are crown moldings where the gutter board is around the house, which is a nice little detail.
He adds that tourists often cannot comprehend the amount of detail that can be seen throughout the house, and he urges visitors to take their time to truly appreciate these unique elements.
“I would tell (people) to pay close attention to all the details of the finishing job,” he said. “Everything was hand brushed to give it that old feel and look. That was the goal: to have a timeless design and an old-fashioned feel, and a new build.
Visit of the South of Life Ideas House
WHAT: Every year since the early 1980s, Southern Living magazine has selected a home in a southern town to feature interior design and home style ideas. Its publishers team up with sponsors, builders, architects, designers, subcontractors and developers to create timeless family homes in the south. This is the first year that the Idea House has been built in Kentucky, and it is open to public tours.
WHEN: Until December 19, 2021. 10 am to 4 pm, Thursday to Saturday; and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
OR: 7820, chemin Sutherland Farm, Prospect
TICKETS: Tickets cost $ 25 and can be purchased online at ideahouseky.com. Tickets are required for people 15 years of age or older. Each ticket is non-refundable and valid for one visit until December 19, 2021. A portion of each ticket is donated between Gilda’s club and LEE Initiative.
MORE INFORMATION: For more information on the Southern Living Idea House Tour, visit ideahouseky.com.
nuts and bolts
The owners: Jimmy King and Jason Black, co-owners of Signature Craft Houses.
Home: This is a 5,170 square foot 4-bed, 4-and-a-half-bath, Colonial Revival Greek cottage in The Breakers at Prospect, built in 2021.
Distinctive elements: GE Monogram household appliances; hidden doors; hand painted floor coverings; Louisville slugger bat bed posts; skylight in the parental suite; panoramic views; basket skirt woven around the tub; outdoor kitchen; outdoor pavilion; doghouse that looks like a mini version of the real house.
Applause! Applause! Live in the south and all the sponsors of the House of Ideas; Cherrywood Home Furniture Galleries for holiday decorations; builder Signature Craft Houses; architect C. Brandon Ingram Design; interior decorator Sarah Barthélemy Design; landscape architect Myers + Co. Landscape Architecture.