By Sara Giza
With family in mind, Andrea and Gavin Gleason counted on Stonecroft builders to create their perfect Prospect home. Their vision was realized in 2007.
The Mediterranean-inspired home features arched walkways, Italian plaster and exposed brick and stone. It boasts five bedrooms, six bathrooms and provides approximately 8,500 square feet of living space for the young and growing family. The location is ideal for their children, who attend Oldham County schools, while being close to Norton Commons and plentiful dining and shopping nearby.
“We wanted a space that we could grow into and stay in until all of our kiddos go off to college,” says Andrea Gleason. Their large neighborhood with lots of children provides a great community, while the two-acre lot that backs up to the woods offers a touch of nature and privacy. “We can have the best of both worlds: a large, family-friendly neighborhood and also the nice tranquil space we like to retreat to at the end of a long day,” she says.
The Gleasons love to entertain and cherish the home’s versatility. Each level has unique open spaces that can accommodate gatherings of extended family and friends. “Even though the home offers lots of space, we still strive to make it feel very inviting and comfortable for any of our guests,” maintains Gleason. The couple also appreciates that they’re able to raise their children in the same home as where their engagement took place (10 years ago, on the back deck).
They used an interior decorator for several areas of the house but also took on many projects themselves. Their vision is described as casual elegance. Family-friendly comfort is key, as is their love of entertaining. Both are reflected in the finished basement.
“We are fortunate to have a large fall-away lot, which enables our basement to be truly unique in that there are many windows, doors and natural light,” says Gleason of the space. During the design process, they knew they wanted two separate areas – one where adults could enjoy themselves and another devoted to the children. The concept evolved into what they refer to as the “Gleason Pub.”
“We wanted a really large bar that everyone could gather around, a comfy seating area and lots of televisions to display sporting events at the same time,” she says, adding that the inspiration was partly a true Irish pub with exposed reclaimed brick, stone, beams and dark woodwork. They use this area the most for entertaining. On the other side of the basement, an open theater playroom and game room was created for the children, as was a fully equipped gym for the whole family. After much thought and the assistance of designers, their builder brought their exact vision to life.
Whether entertaining or not, the Gleason home is filled with love and life. VT