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Home tour Great for ideas - Bowling Green Daily News News

Home tour: Great for ideas

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Parade of Homes

Chrissy White of Bowling Green walks through a home at 138 Stone Mill Court in the Stone Bluff neighborhood of Alvaton Thursday, September 18, 2014, during the Builders Association of South Central Kentucky’s Parade of Homes. (Bac To Trong/Daily News)

Parade of Homes

Parade of Homes

Parade of Homes

Parade of Homes

Parade of Homes

Posted: Friday, September 19, 2014 11:14 am

Judy Wiley has been going to the Builders Association of South Central Kentucky’s Parade of Homes for about seven years, and she has been blown away each time.

“We love it,” she said. “We’re big decorators.”

She loves to decorate so much that she scribbles different details she likes on the back of the appropriate business cards and clips them to pages in the Parade of Homes magazine.

“This is a good way to get ideas for your own home,” she said. “You can’t remember every detail.”

On Thursday evening, she walked through the home on 138 Stone Mill Court in the Stone Bluff subdivision. The home, built by Kirby Builders, won “Best in Show Over 3,000 Square Feet,” “Best Master Bath” and “Best Curb Appeal.”

“This is a gorgeous family house,” Wiley said.

The home has a variety of features, including four bedrooms, 31/2 baths, hand-scraped hickory hardwood floors, a two-car garage and a screened porch off the living room with speakers in the ceiling and a view of the backyard and outdoor living space. The outdoor living space has an outdoor fireplace, a grill, a smoker, a refrigerator, a sink and a side burner.

“It’s a really rustic, traditional house. It’s an energy-efficient house,” said Kyle Kirby, owner of Kirby Builders. “It makes my job easier when your homeowners work with you and when you surround yourself with creative people in the business. I’m real happy and proud of it.”

Leslie Campbell, her husband, Michael, and their two young daughters plan to move in after the Parade of Homes. They also are pleased with the house.

“My husband wanted to live in the country, and I wanted to live in a subdivision. This is our compromise,” she said.

While she loves the whole house, her favorite room is the upstairs bonus room, which has become her daughters’ playroom.

“It’s very girly, fun and the girls love it,” she said.

The play area features an entertainment center, window seating, custom-built bunk beds and a mural that shows the family of four fishing near a treehouse. A real swing hangs from one of the mural branches.

“That’s probably where I’ll be spending most of my time because that’s probably where my girls will spend most of their time,” Campbell said.

The play area also has tongue and groove beadboard trimmed with crown molding around the room.

“Kids will be kids,” Kirby said. “You can hit this and you don’t have to worry about getting dents.”

Downstairs in the basement is the “man cave,” which features a bar kitchen area, sassafras log countertop, stone arches and a pool table.

“Every man needs a pool table,” Kirby said.

The area also has a home theater with sliding doors made of reclaimed wood and handles made of elk antlers, a guest bedroom and bath with exposed plumbing and a portion of the room that was made from wood that came from owner Michael Campbell’s barn in Butler County. There is a safe room in case of a weather emergency.

“If ever a twister or tornado comes this way, this would be a safe place to be,” Kirby said.

As Gladys Simmons and Marilyn Slaton, both of Russellville, walked downstairs, they marveled at the craftsmanship.

“My favorite is the screened-in porch,” Simmons said. “I’m an outside girl and that view is beautiful. The landscaping is fabulous.”

Slaton also liked the kitchen.

“I like that the pantry has all the storage because you never have enough,” she said.

Emily Cochran stood near cards for her husband, Kyle’s, business, Rustic Nail & Co. which made the tables and light fixtures in the basement and the upstairs bunk beds.

“He worked really hard on this,” she said. “It’s all handmade. He used a lot of local stuff, Kentucky barn wood.”

Wiley’s favorite part of the house was the Rustic Nail touches in the basement.

“It’s beautiful,” she said. “It’s one of a kind.”

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