Article by Michelle Howe Photography by Justin Fox
From the stone wainscoting and pillared porch exterior to the sleek, flowing floor-plan inside, the Donooe custom home at 3402 Carriage Court in Marion has many special features. The five-bedroom ranch has three baths and a three-stall garage. Walking into the entry from the garage, there is a built in “locker system” where coats can be hung and winter gloves stored, in conjunction with a bench where you can sit to put on shoes or set groceries down if it’s cold outside. Amenities like this that add convenience to every day life and make the functionality of the home an added feature in itself.
Walking through the entry into the kitchen area, immediately the eye is drawn to the “great room” with the coffered ceiling and stone fireplace in the far corner. But that is only if you overlook the island that greets you in the kitchen, with its Cygnus granite top, complete with dual sink. Turn around and you see another unique feature – a “pot filler” that allows you to pour water from a spigot over the stove instead of having to carry a heavy pan of water from the sink.
The craftsmanship of the home is evident in the clean design lines and builder Brad Donohoe is a conscientious homebuilder, who has been building homes on his own for three and a half years, after being in construction for 17. “I try to be as green as possible and energy conscious,” says Brad. In fact, the flooring throughout the main dining, kitchen and great room is a four-inch all-natural white oak that has been stained with impact oil (a green product) instead of the typical polyurethane coating. Impact oils are solvent free and penetrate the wood to protect from the inside and are becoming more popular again.
Above the formal dining area is a “tray ceiling” that layers the height above the area and adds an ambiance of separation to the space, though the floor-plan flows smoothly. Beyond the living area and great room is a full bath, with a bedroom on each side and ample closet space. White trim and neutral beige wall and carpet tones are throughout the home and add to the clean, sleek feel. Donohoe also uses paint that is low in volatile organic compounds (vocs) as another way of being environmentally aware.
Past the kitchen you are drawn to the 12 x 12 deck and how the home is juxtaposed to the outside landscape. Downstairs has 1131 square feet of finished space, with ample amount of unfinished space for storage of seasonal items. Two of the bedrooms are at either end of the space, with the open area in the middle complete with wet bar and mini-fridge. Windows and light are ample throughout the home, even in the basement. Instead of window wells made of tin in the basement, Donohoe designed them with large boulders and stones he found during the build. Back inside, custom wood shelving that’s been hand carved is attached to the shiplap wall above the bar. A portion of the floor along the length of the bar is tiled while the rest of the area is carpeted. Shiplap is also used around the island in the kitchen back upstairs.
And last but not least, the master bedroom and bath that flows smoothly off the kitchen to the right, that is also accessible from the garage entry to the right, walking through the laundry and closet, into the bath. A special feature here is the his-and-hers sink and vanity combination. The cabinets are raised from the floor and lit from underneath giving style and functionality to the space.
Realtor Breiana Schoneman says that the first time she went through the home “I thought of Audrey Hepburn – classy, unique and elegant.” From the smooth flowing floor-plan to the specialized details built in, the home fits that description quite well.
Featured in the Cedar Rapids Parade of Homes, this home is aesthetically pleasant and well designed, both inside and out. Contact Brad at Donohoe Custom Homes at (319) 241-4958 for your custom built home.
Spring Parade of Homes runs April 28th & 29th, May 3rd, 5th & 6th.
Building Team: Breiana Schoeneman, Realtor Licensed in the State of Iowa BRealtor4u.org 319.389.0402 1104 7th Ave, Marion
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