Home: Living the resort life in Sunbury

Jillian Span Hofbauer
Columbus Monthly
The living room in this contemporary home features a stone accent wall and clean, white lines.

Before starting their family, Kristie and Mike Jones spent a lot of time traveling. But when the couple decided to build a custom home in Sunbury in March 2016, after living in New Albany for 13 years, Kristie knew exactly where to find inspiration. Drawing from experiences in places such as Las Vegas and Hawaii, she developed a contemporary vision for their space that would incorporate bold design choices and building materials not widely used in Central Ohio homes.

“I wanted my house to feel as though I was in a small hotel,” she says of the home's modern aesthetic. Working with builder Monogram Homes, based in Hebron, on the nine-month construction project, Kristie's passion for design came to life through every detail of the space. It wasn't always easy finding exactly the right supplies, she says. But the legwork was well worth the effort.

The home's modern appeal is immediately apparent from its exterior, where the 3,600-square-foot house is set amid a picturesque 6.5-acre lot, which provides abundant yard space for their children. Large windows define the front façade while a modern gray and white ledgestone, imported from Canada, adds interest to the lower front exterior—a feature Kristie says she liked because it was different. “It's used on fireplaces, typically, and I've seen [it used] on businesses, but I've never seen it on an actual home before.”

This unique approach to the home's design was carried throughout the interior, as well. Upon entering the 8-foot-high, double front doors, a voluminous entryway is emphasized by a wide staircase to the left and an open ceiling to the second level. To the right, a modern office space is positioned with a stone accent wall and views of the front yard. Glass doors provide privacy and separation from the most frequently used spaces on the main level. Black bamboo flooring used throughout the home leads toward the main living spaces, which are open and connected.

“I just wanted our dining room, kitchen and living space [to be] very large and to all still feel open, but I wanted a U-shaped kitchen,” explains Kristie. Instead of removing the wall between the kitchen and the dining room, the large kitchen looks out over the main living space and the dining area is easily accessible nearby. Ceilings here are 10 feet high, while the kitchen features ceiling-high, white, Shaker-style custom cabinets, created by Schaad and Sons Inc. in McConnelsville. A large, quartz-topped, waterfall island is centered in the space.

The homeowners took care to hide some of the more utilitarian elements of their kitchen's design. The dishwasher was installed in the island, but out of sight. All electrical outlets are under cabinets instead of integrated on the backsplash.

In the main living space, two couches are positioned facing each other in a comfortable seating area centered around a modern gas fireplace and a flat-screen TV that are positioned on a stone wall. High, 5-inch baseboards and coffered ceilings with recessed lighting create clean, modern lines throughout. Large, black and white canvas prints of favorite family photos and décor accents from Z Gallerie are thoughtfully arranged throughout.

The nearby dining room offers a similar elegant vibe, with another gas fireplace and two matching modern chandeliers hung from a coffered ceiling that Kristie designed specifically for the space. French doors provide access to the covered deck where outdoor seating gives the family a place to enjoy views of the pond and surrounding property during fair weather. Separated from the main living space is a comfortable children's playroom and a chic half bath with a floating vanity and a mirror-mounted faucet.

On the second level, there are two personalized bedrooms for the couple's children, ages 3 and 4, and a spacious full bathroom. The large master suite is the highlight of this level, though.

A retreat from the chaos of busy days, the master bedroom exudes luxury. Soft, neutral bedding and a white shag rug offers comfort and style, balancing the room's other modern furnishings. A nearby sofa and an electric fireplace give the couple additional space to relax, while a suspended ceiling and soft lighting create a cozy ambiance.

Just off the bedroom is a spa-like master bath with custom vanities, a black bath tub with a modern tub, a large tile shower and another electric fireplace. Doors leading to two walk-in closets and a toilet room are also accessible from this space.

With the interior design nearly complete, Kristie says all that's left on the couple's to-do list is to eventually finish the basement, complete the yard's landscaping and build a dock for the pond.

“It was a lot of work,” she says, of the home's carefully planned design. “We thought this would be a forever home, so hopefully it will be.”