It’s that Homearama time of year here in Ohio when local builders show off their skills by building a subdivision full of big new houses and then invite us all over to
critique admire them. I’ve been going since I was a kid and never miss one if I can help it! I’m going to show you 5 of the model houses I walked through at this summer’s show, starting with “The Bordeaux.”
First of all, you have to kind of get into the “Homearama mindset” going into the show. The houses are all oversized and in the million-dollar range (and up), and there’s a reason for that — there are thousands of people filing through them every day. I read that over 30,000 went through this year, so you need plenty of space in the houses to accommodate the crowds.
Not to mention that the builders want to show off a bit and have some fun.
This one-story house has a finished walk-out lower level with a media room, billiards area, bar, exercise room, and two more bedrooms:
Back upstairs to the study:
The house was decorated mostly with neutrals — lots of tan, gray, black and white.
The master bath had this massive built-in for the sinks that definitely made a statement when you walked in:
Back to the great room off the foyer, there was a paneled fireplace wall painted gray:
According to the program, “The steep roof pitches and brick and stone exterior give The Bordeaux a classical English Manor charm.”
Beyond what it looked like, this house just felt good. We lingered in it longer than some of the others. Funny how you can just get a feeling from houses when you’re walking through them.
As I mentioned in my newsletter, when I was snapping this photo of the “hearth nook” off the kitchen, I remarked to Dave that I didn’t like the TV mounted over the fireplace so high up. It hurt my neck just thinking about watching TV on the sofa in front of it:
As I was freely giving my critiques, a voice that wasn’t Dave’s said, “I thought the same thing, but the homeowners insisted on putting it there. They wanted to be able to see it from the kitchen and eating area.” I was a little embarrassed that I’d been talking to one of the builders instead of my husband (who had apparently wandered away without me realizing it — oops).
But I was interested to hear the reasoning behind the high TV. And it was a reminder that some of these houses have already been sold and might reflect the homeowners’ needs and tastes.
I’m all about the outdoor living spaces on these home tours, and the more, the better, as far as I’m concerned. The back of the house has a nice, big covered porch and a huge patio with a fire pit:
The house has 6,000 square feet. I was glad they included the floorplans in the program so you can get a better idea of the layout:
This year’s Homearama was put together by the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati and took place in the Carriage Hill subdivision in Liberty Township, Ohio (kind of halfway between Cincinnati and Dayton). Did anyone else go?
The builder was Robert Scott Lucke for the Robert Lucke Group. The architect was Joseph A. Brown and interiors were done by ID Interior Design. I found some of these pics on the Lucke FB page (taken by Groupenhof Photography) and the Homearama FB page, so head to those sites to see more.
I helped decorate a house for the Indianapolis Homearama years ago, so I know what a challenge it can be. We begged, borrowed, and stole every piece of furniture and accessory we could get our hands on and had very little time to do it. Besides that, it had already sold and the new owners had definite ideas about how it should look. It was fun but kinda insane, like a challenge on a decorating reality show: “You have 24 hours to furnish this 6,000 square-foot home and only $2,000. Go!”
Stay tuned for more Homearama house tours and see which is your favorite!
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