The House That Love Built

By IGOR GURYASHKIN
Staff Writer

There is a beautiful, light gray, three bedroom house in the heart of the Norton Commons development that is unlike any other. Not because of the 2000 square feet of space or the two and a half bathrooms make it any grander. No, instead the house in Norton Commons stands out as a symbol of community, cooperation and goodwill – all in aid of Kosair Children’s Hospital.

For the third year in a row, a brand new and freshly built home as well as a BMW convertible donated by Sam Swope will be raffled off in aid of the hospital in a competition organized by the Children Hospital Foundation. Interior designer Velma Watkins of Burdorf’s Furniture & Flooring took charge of making the spectacular build look ready to move in at the drop of a hat.

One of the most notable features is the kitchen, because as Watkins explains “home is where the kitchen is.” The kitchen is part of an open plan space that connects to the homiest of living and dining areas. Glass tiles, courtesy of Louisville Tile, consisting of thin stripes in a variety of autumnal tones adorn and overlook the brushed nickel and steel of the appliances and sleek black granite counter tops that were donated by Cardinal Kitchens. Meanwhile, the charcoal gray cabinetry came from Kitchen Design Studio.

Walking along the light beach-colored floorboards, the potential winner of the home is led into the living area where furniture, courtesy of Universal Furniture, creates added warmth with creams and pastels dominating the palette choices. Numbered prints of charcoal sketches of landmark bridges adds a subtle urban touch.

The master bedroom, which is located on the ground floor is roomy, with  lavender and grays creating a welcoming atmosphere, while the granite countered his-and-her bathroom oozes with elegance courtesy of lighting, which as it is throughout the whole house comes courtesy of Brecher’s Lighting.

Upstairs, the landing furnished as an office and potential family play area, leads to a children’s bedroom colored in an effervescent lilac. Courtesy of three giant windows that wrap around the two sides, there is plenty of light and a view of the  soon-to-be finished community pond. Further down the corridor a guest bedroom flanks a game room dominated by a television cabinet and mini bar.

Outside, the house comes blessed with a screened-in back porch as well as a separate and spacious two-car garage. In total the house has been valued at approximately $350,000.

“It’s so exciting for the community to come together to showcase this beautiful home,” explains Lynnie Meyer, Executive Director of the Children’s Hospital Foundation, who raise funds to support programs, equipment and facilities, research, advocacy and education at Kosair Children’s Hospital. “But at the same time we’re raising dollars to support the mission of Kosair Children’s hospital, the only freestanding children’s hospital in the state. I think it’s a rallying call for people.”

While the competition is random, Meyer feels that last year’s winner could not have been more appropriate and shows that anyone who takes part has a chance of winning.

“The winner of the house last year was a retired Jefferson County public school teacher,” recalls Meyer. “He had dedicated his life to educating and caring for children – he was a guidance counselor as well as teacher.”

One person eager to take part in the project was David Ramage of The Ramage Company, builder of this year’s house. The project was not only “a good fit,” but something that they “jumped all over given the chance.”

“The house plan was designed by Marianne Cusato who is quite an influential figure in the construction industry,” explains Ramage. “She landed on the map after Hurricane Katrina when the victims of the hurricane had trouble with the FEMA trailers and she went in and designed a bunch of cost effective cottages that people could live and use and own.”

In the end though, the success of the competition has been more and more evident with each year that it is held, something that Meyer feels is a result of the collaboration, teamwork and passion brought to the project by the numerous companies who offer their valuable time and supplies to a superb cause.

“I always say that it really is the house that love built,” concludes Meyer. “Because so many people help on this project. I think they believe in the work because we ourselves have a one hundred and twenty year history in serving all one hundred and twenty counties in Kentucky. We’re a top tier children’s hospital ranked in the top twenty in the nation and people know that type of mission is important.”

The house will be open for viewing every Saturday and Sunday from Sept.28 until Nov. 23 from noon until 6 p.m. Raffle tickets are priced at $100 each and available to purchase at the house as well as at kosairchildrenshospital.com/homebmwsponsors. Individuals who tour the home will also have a chance to win a $10,000 shopping spree courtesy of Burdorf’s Furnishings & Flooring. The house is located at 9300 Dayflower St., Prospect in Norton Commons.

Sponsors & Partners

A-1 Aluminum
Action Landscaping
Advance Drywall Inc.
Advance Ready Mix
Allegra Printing
Appraisal Associates LLC
Boland Maloney
Borcherding Contracting
Brecher’s
Brown- Jordan
Burdorf’s Furnishings & Flooring
Cardinal Kitchen
Carpet Specialists, Inc.
Closets by Design
Corrigan Electric
Cox Interior
Cunningham Door & Window
Econo Glass Systems Inc.A35
Fireplace Distributors
Grand Finale Cleaning
Grayhawk LLC
GreenCity Recycling LLC
HKC Roofing
Independent Electrical Contractors
JEBCO Marketing Inc.
JH Designs
John Hobbs Construction
Kelsey Construction
Kitchen Design Studios
Lanham Hardwood Flooring
Lee Brick & Block
Louisville Tile
Louisville Water Co.
M-Marvin Designs
NES Rentals
Norton Commons
Nugent Sand Company
PC Lumber and Hardware
Pine Tree Construction, Inc.
Plumbers Supply
PPG Porter Paint
River City Foundations, LLC
Robbins Heating and Cooling
Rogers Group, Inc.
Sabak, Wilson & Lingo, Inc.
Sam Swope BMW
Selby House Interior Design
Sexton Insulation
Superior Steel Inc.
The Ramage Company
Trend Appliances
WAVE 3 News
Walmart
Wehr Constructors
Willis Klein

Photos by CHRIS HUMPHREYS | The Voice-Tribune