Linda and Ray Gilker are a dynamic duo and every aspect of their beautiful home reflects the lifelong passion they share for one another. Every bit the crafty couple, Ray and Linda were drawn to the sprawling historic ten-acre land, once the Old Crescent Horse Farm. The two pre-existing maintenance buildings met every need and desire for their workshop and storage unit, but even more fitting for the couple is the gorgeous 6500 square foot home they completed nearby.
Four years ago, the Gilker’s finished building their villa-inspired property boasting five beautiful bedrooms and four baths including a master en suite on the main floor with an amazing sub-floor space that is perfect for entertaining. Even still, Linda shares that “Nothing is better than having a morning coffee right on my front porch,” as she takes in the breathtaking view and watches her neighbors horses frolic in the surrounding fields. Stuart Hurt of house by jsd coordinated the wall colors, paint finishes and decorating accents on the main floor as well as the finished basement with personal touches incorporated by Ray and Linda throughout the entirety.
The main living area boasts an open floor plan ideal for entertaining. Here, the living room flows into the kitchen and features coffered ceilings and light blue accents against a neutral background. Just off the living room sits a lovely home office and further down the hallway you will find the master bedroom and bath. The hardwood flooring seamlessly transitions from one space to the next and the lighter wood cabinets in the kitchen provide a natural contrast.
Down the hall of the main living space you enter the Gilker’s master bathroom suite featuring a completely wraparound walk in shower and a gorgeous claw footed tub making up the focal point of the room. The travertine shower is completely outfitted with the latest in body sprays and features two seating options.
Across the hallway is the master bedroom and Linda and Ray have created the perfect oasis retreat. The calming gray wall color soothes the senses while the black four-poster bed adds a modern flair to the room. Crisp white bed linens frame the space and keep it looking sharp with accents of bright green in the throw blanket and pillow. The cozy chair invites you to catch up on a great novel as you sip tea by the window.
In one of Ray’s impressive business ventures, he creates Sparkle Glass as a stunning alternative to traditional focal points in the home. For instance, here in the Gilker kitchen, the unique sparkle glass makes up the backsplash, raised counter on the island as well as the background in the cutout cabinetry. Five modern sconces suspend from the ceiling and illuminate the sparkle in the glass and shine in the stainless steel appliances as friends gather over a glass of wine or morning coffee.
The outdoor entertainment area offers sweeping views of the property while guests enjoy cooking and dining under the masterful pergola while congregating around the bar space built by Ray. This outdoor paradise is one of Linda’s favorite places on the entire property and she loves retreating here for a little rest and relaxation.
Upon entering the basement, guests are delighted to be met by a dramatic statement wall that Linda and Ray built out of eco-granite. This eco-friendly granite is recycled from fragments and chards of discarded granite pieces. “The stone really sparkles when you come down the stairs creating a fun environment.”
To the right of the statement wall you find an intriguing space that Ray sweetly finished for Linda. “Ray knew I had always wanted a storm room, and he outfitted this little cellar as such and stocked it with a few goodies for me as well.” The storm/wine cellar is complete with wine chilling in cement pipes and a basket beneath the table holds snacks and a radio in the event of an emergency.
A boating family at heart, Ray custom built a wooden bar in the image of one of their boats called the Classy Lady. Complete with a deck and stern light, this bar radiates fun and the rich color greatly compliments the deep red Sparkle Glass backsplash in the surrounding kitchen.
The movie room is a spacious yet cozy area. Ray built the frame for their speaker wall while Linda added the cloth to the wood frame finishing off the movie screen to hide the built in speaker system. The space is also outfitted with a pool table as well as a poker table next to a cozy fireplace to keep friends and family thoroughly entertained whenever they visit.