An engineer restructures his traditional home to achieve a modern refresh.

An engineer restructures his traditional home to achieve a modern refresh.

“When you see the front of my house, with its large, inviting porch and countryish charm, I don't think you would expect to see a totally renovated, contemporary interior once you walk through the door,” says a Westerville homeowner, who lives near Hoover Reservoir. But that's exactly what is behind the home's new, generously proportioned front door.

His custom-built, 3,800-square-foot home was completed in 2002. While it was originally adorned with country decor, last year the homeowner decided to consult with Angela Bonfante, an award-winning interior designer and owner of Angela Bonfante Kitchen Design, for an update. Despite his background in engineering, he needed suggestions and counsel from a design professional.

He charged Bonfante with the task of a complete redesign. That included removing walls, designing a contemporary gourmet kitchen, updating four bedrooms and bathrooms and reconfiguring the living space to create an inviting family room and dining area large enough for an 8-foot-long oak table his father built decades earlier. The renovation included new window coverings in every room, the relocation of a fireplace and its stone surround in the family room, new flooring throughout the home and a huge picture window adjacent to the fireplace where there once was a much smaller one.

“I so enjoy sitting on the couch in the family room and looking out that large window to see all the trees in my backyard. I can't tell you how many times I have seen deer wander by and even wild turkeys make their way here in the winter. I love feeling like I'm in the middle of the country even though (Uptown) Westerville is just 10 minutes away,” says the homeowner.

Perhaps it is due to his engineering background, but this homeowner likes straight lines. Picture frames on the family room mantel all involve definite lines. The custom kitchen cabinets feature an inlaid design with colors of dark gray and deep green. Even the custom-made zinc vent hood boasts definite corners where the sides meet the front panel. “It's industrial and simple,” the homeowner remarks. The 8.5-foot Brazilian soapstone island anchors his kitchen and an impressive chandelier hangs above.

This home is an eclectic mix of lines and circles. Decor features neutral colors with grays, browns and blacks used throughout. One bedroom has deep purple walls. Velvet valances in a lighter shade of purple adorn the room's two windows, while a thick comforter makes the space cozy.

The master bedroom boasts deep, rich woods and a large window overlooking the natural backyard from anywhere in the room. Separating the sleeping quarters from the luxurious master bath are two custom-made sliding barn doors, reminiscent of the homeowner's small-town upbringing.

The master bath includes a large shower and a generous square corner tub. “It's never been used,” says the homeowner, regarding the bathtub. He thought the room needed something to balance it, so he opted to add the tub.

He decided to erect a screened porch in his backyard, but because he didn't want to attach it to the main structure, he built a breezeway connecting the two. The screened porch features a vaulted ceiling and oversized furniture, offering another comfortable venue for relaxing among nature.

He zealously tends to the dozens of lantana planted in his backyard in the spring, fertilizing, trimming and watering them so that, by season's end, they grow to be at least 3 feet tall.

“You do everything 100 percent,” he says. “Set the example. Don't half-ass it.”

That driven attitude guided the homeowner as he set out to redesign the front entry last spring. A long driveway leads to the home's front door, so he installed a circular parking area nearby. In the center of the circle is a large flagpole proudly bearing the Ohio State University flag, as well as a beautiful water feature.

Just because the rather large home has been redesigned doesn't mean the job is done. The home's lower level is next on his list. The space will feature skeeball, a pool table, a full bar, a fireplace and more. No doubt, there will be some straight lines and circles involved.

Tami Kamin Meyer is a Columbus attorney and writer.