Easy Living - Dublin

Every now and again, C Magazine is lucky enough to score a guided tour of someone’s dream home.  You know the kind of home we mean: built from the ground up, planned in consultation with an architect and a builder, and one in which every minute detail is tailor-made to the homeowner’s specifications.  In short, it’s the kind of home that gets you excited about planning your own dream home.

This month, we traveled to a home in Dublin’s residential community of Tartan West, located just minutes from the brand new Corazon Club & Spa.  Arriving with our “Relax” theme in mind, what we found was a space with the vibe of a vacation getaway… right down to the Tuscan-inspired design that allows the busy homeowners to mentally escape the confines of central Ohio.

Sized at roughly 6,700 square feet, the home is located on a developing cul-de-sac and is surrounded on all sides by lush greenery, professional landscaping and a multitude of trees.  The stone and stucco exterior is further complemented by an elevated entryway highlighted by a grand, brick staircase.  Inside, guests find an atmosphere that is both comfortable and elegant, with one of the main level’s most notable details being the hardwood flooring (aside from the gift-wrapping room of course!).  

The wood of choice was laid in planks of all different sizes, with clearly visible imperfections and knots.  This was done not only to further the home’s rustic, “lived-in” feel, but to also accommodate the family’s large dog.  And as they’ll readily tell you, these homeowners love to entertain (among their many parties is an annual black-tie event with 100+ in attendance!), so the imperfect surface not only accommodates paws and claws, but is suited to handling heavy foot traffic and the torture of high heels.

Near the home’s entryway are both a country club-inspired study and a formal dining room with wainscoting and a 2-tiered drop ceiling with lighting.  A butler’s pantry connects the dining room to a spacious and well-planned kitchen / hearth room / breakfast nook area.  In an interesting contrast, the kitchen can accommodate a flurry of activity (with its dual ovens, 6 gas burners, cherry cabinets, cleverly “hidden” appliances and a massive blond wood island), while the hearth room is perfect for someone in a lounging mood, as it shares a dual-sided stone fireplace with the family room and has a television screen built into the stone.  As for the breakfast nook, its windows allow plenty of natural light into the space while giving access to the home’s 3-tiered, partly-covered patio.  

Speaking of the patio, the homeowners decided to have it wired for television and audio, which gives them further options for either relaxing or entertaining.  It also has support columns made of cedar and a wood-burning fireplace with gas starter.  Size-wise, it’s large enough to accommodate everything from dining to lounging to live band performances in the specially planned circular space on the bottom-most level.

Coming back inside and into the basement, the décor has a distinct Ohio State theme.  The main space is filled with a pool table, a gaming/poker table, a media room with 3 screens (one projector and 2 flat screen TVs) and a full bar, with refrigerator, dishwasher and ice maker.  While it’s typical for media rooms to have a more closed-off design, this one was designed to be open for entertaining (and for simultaneous viewing of multiple sporting events).  Behind the bar, you’ll find an impressive, 350 bottle wine cellar, which is both temperature-controlled and designed with an old-world style charm.

Perhaps most impressive in the basement space is the bathroom with steam-room capabilities.  Because the home’s gym is also in the basement, anyone can simply turn on the steam-room, get in a workout across the hall, and enjoy a relaxing steam when finished.  And the bathroom, with its luxury touches like a vessel sink with waterfall spout, truly takes on a spa-like quality.

On the top-most level, the master suite commands the most attention, with its dedicated sitting area, wood-burning fireplace, kitchenette and terrace.  Then of course, there’s the massive master bathroom designed with his and hers vanities, rainheads, showerheads, and “drying areas,” plus heated floors and an over-sized whirlpool tub.  Aside from the master suite, there are 3 other bedrooms on the 2nd floor, one of which is part of a guest suite that can be closed off from the rest of the house.  It even has its own private staircase.

Overall, the home has more impressive features than can be counted.  Further highlights include arched windows and arched doorways done in stone.  There’s also the beautiful curved main staircase with custom-made banister and custom-designed wrought-iron spindles.  The homeowners couldn’t be happier with all their choices, and especially commend builder Corinthian Homes for their professionalism and an overall wonderful experience.