Kevin Zeppernick spent years imagining and designing his dream home before making it a reality.

"I walked through this house a million times in my head," he said.

The commercial builder, who indulges his creative side by occasionally building houses, had clear ideas of what he wanted for the New Albany home he shares with his wife, Kenna, and daughter Kennison, 4.

The combination of Kevin's building knowledge and Kenna's creativity resulted in a warm and welcoming home that's energy-efficient and soundly built.

"It was a nice dance," Kenna said. "It was fun to see it become a reality."

The house accomplishes their goal of having space to host friends and family for sports events and holidays. The main floor of the home includes a pub area designed for everyone's optimal enjoyment (including the hosts).

Working with his wife was different than building for a client, said Kevin, who owns Zeppernick Custom Homes.

"As a builder, I usually present the options, and then I can stand back and the couple can have it out," he said. "Here, I was right in the middle of the storm."

The couple worked on a tight deadline to get the house built and decorated in time for the 2010 BIA Parade of Homes.

Conforming to New Albany's strict building codes was a challenge but, in the end, made the home more interesting, Kevin said. Adhering to the rules about knee walls and roof lines allowed him to create some great storage options in the playroom and laundry room. It also led to a cozy nook in the master suite where the family has milk and coffee in the mornings. "They definitely," he said, "made the house better."