Photography by Depict It Studio
[dropcap]Lee[/dropcap] Scarlett was just 27 years old and a few weeks shy of marrying his sweetheart, Scheri, when he took every penny he had to build a spec home and start his company Celtic Construction Inc. The couple will soon celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary as well as the company’s. During these two decades, Scarlett has led a dedicated team of stellar contractors in building 152 homes, 70 percent of which have been custom homes. Scarlett said. “I built my last spec home 9 years ago.” And he hasn’t looked back.
We’ve featured a number of Celtic Construction homes in the past, and, this month, we are pleased to “open the doors” to what Scarlett said is their final home. “Our last home was beautiful and had everything we wanted, but it was bigger than we needed. We wanted a home big enough for our family of five, but not too big so that when the girls leave, it felt empty.”
He believes in the soul of the home. “This home is where we’ll celebrate our big life events. This is where my girls will come down the stairs in their prom dresses and graduation robes. It’s where we’ll make the history of our lives.”
The Scarletts’ 3,850-square-foot home boasts many state-of-the-art, energy-saving features, such as top-of-the-line weather shield windows, solar board decking in the attic, new zip system sheathing on the exterior, an insulated garage and garage door, blown-in insulation and Energy Star appliances.
Welcome To Our Home
The Scarletts’ home was built both beautifully and for comfort, showcasing the latest products as well as the skillset of Celtic Construction’s contractors. This is apparent from the moment guests arrive at the knotty alder door and is consistent throughout. The dining room is an open space, defined by walls with archways that add elegant detailing.
The hand-scraped engineered wood floor runs through much of the home. “We were certain it has the same thickness as the other floors, eliminating the need for transition pieces from one surface to another,” Scarlett said. Always one to plan ahead, he added, “and all of the doorways are wide enough for wheelchairs.”
Scheri picked the warm neutral color scheme for the home. Here the walls are faux-finished in a color known as “balanced beige.”
Room To Abide
While Lee and Scheri love the old, Victorian details in their home, they decided to make the family room a bit more casual. “We wanted to dress this room down, to feel free to kick our feet up on an ottoman and relax,” Scarlett said.
They achieved this feel with a large, stone wall; massive wood beams; and leather furnishings with nailhead accents.
Inspired By The ‘Abbey’
This staircase is a study in elegance. Its paneled walls are set off by patterned carpet, and the intricate railing and bowed-out iron were forged of hammered steel coated in bronze and antiqued in copper. It’s one of the Scarletts’ best-loved details as it reminds them of a favored TV show: “Downton Abbey.”
“… An Obvious Fact”
“As a kid, I watched a lot of Sherlock Holmes, and I always wanted an all-wood study [similar to those shown in the movies],” Scarlett said. As this is the family’s ultimate home, he chose to use dark oak from floor to ceiling. Overhead lighting, as well as lighting in the cabinets, illuminate the room, eliminating the heavy feeling typically present with a dark color scheme. Often referred to as the “man room” or the “testosterone room,” the study doubles as a showcase for Scarlett’s collections of cigars, swords, guns and “just about anything to do with history.” An electric fireplace and 55-inch television — “It’s so big even I, and I’m practically blind, can see it without my glasses,” Scarlett said, laughing — make this a great place to relax.
Heart Of The Home
Keeping in mind that the kitchen is a gathering place, the Scarletts’ kitchen is open to the family room and includes an oversized breakfast area that can accommodate up to 12 diners. While the room is certainly well appointed, it’s also functional. The cabinets above the six-burner stove top feature glass doors and a trio of metal crowns. The room is awash with light provided by self-contained can lighting and two crystal chandeliers situated above the island. The oil-rubbed bronze, touch-technology faucet echoes the knotty aldor cabinets. Here the modern conveniences include a set of double ovens, a trash compactor and other Energy Star Electrolux Icon appliances, including a microwave encased on the opposite side of the island.
The Scarlett’s king-sized, four-poster bed is well accommodated in this 16-by-16 foot room.
“The plan called for a typical ceiling, but they bore me,” Scarlett said. So, he adjusted the plans to include a barrel ceiling that runs the entire length of the bedroom. Here they added a bit of extravagance: The gold paint on this portion of the ceiling has real gold in it. Rope lighting along the rail highlights this element.
He and Scheri love chocolate brown, and because their home sits high — the windows look out onto a large yard with 17 mature walnut trees — sunlight pores into the room, creating a warmth that’s especially welcoming in the winter.
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