Gemini Interiors Featured Home
By Diane S. Morales, Caller-Times
Barbara and Dennis Baros built their house on faith, literally. They buried a Bible in the foundation and invited friends and family to write quotes from the scriptures on their home’s 2x6 boards.
“God’s word is throughout all of the house,” Barbara said. “We want people to feel peace here.”
The Baroses have felt the peace for the past eight months after a three-year home building process that began with researching properties and home designs, then finding the right builder and decorator to finally building their dream house in Country Creek.
“Terrell Pruett and Kathi Robichaux really made our ideas on paper come to life,” Barbara said. “We’re blessed to have met them.”
Beyond curb appeal
Barbara and Dennis, who work together in the insurance business, approached Pruett with floor plans to incorporate two home designs into one
“We told Terrell, ‘This is it. We got it. There’s no changes,’ ” Dennis said. “And he just laughed and said ‘OK, we’ll see.’ ”
There were some changes along the way, as with all home-building projects, but when Dennis asked for a home with curb appeal, he got it and then some.
The tan stucco home sprawls across a cul de sac curve with rounded columns at the door’s entry. With their two kids grown and gone, the Baroses entertain in a two bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home complete with a gameroom, home theater and swimming pool.
Queen palm trees dot the tropical landscape with a dolphin statue adorning the center of the circular driveway.
Decorative, black wrought iron screens cover beaded glass on the home’s front double doors. Through the entrance, layers of dimension unfold with arched doorways, faux wall treatments, niches and decorative woodwork.
“We combined porcelain tile for the floors, natural stone on the walls, rich cherry hardwood, granite countertops, wrought iron and warm paint colors that are representative of what I would describe as a Tuscan style,” Robichaux said.
Stone-like walls in the foyer painted off-white with flecks of taupe transition to a fiery reddish orange in the formal dining room at the left of the entrance. Cherry hardwood floors contrast against cream colored wainscot around the space, balancing the boxed ceiling color.
Arched doorways in the foyer lead to the kitchen, living room and the master suite.
Comfort, warmth and peacefulness weren’t the only elements the Baroses wanted in their first custom-built home. They wanted functionality, and Pruett found ways to provide storage space, easy traffic flow around the main living and kitchen areas and an unobstructed view from the kitchen into the living area.
“I’m talking dead on to the TV,” Barbara said with a laugh as she stood behind the stovetop island. “My husband and I enjoy each other’s company, so when he’s in there we can talk while I’m cooking.”
Wood cabinets, caramel-colored granite counters and a tumbled marble back-splash blend with the brown tones of the living room. A cantera fireplace with columns and an intricately carved mantel facade is the room’s focal point.
“I just love it,” Barbara said. “It was pink but Aaron (Chatham) stained it to match the floor. I’ve never seen anything like it. Kathi is the one who found it.”
Stealing Dennis’ gaze from the living room is the rock waterfall flowing into the backyard swimming pool. A covered patio with repeated arches and columns overlooks a lawn of queen palm trees and a bronze statue of an eagle perched on a mound of stones.
“Oh yeah, this is my favorite part right here,” Dennis said, sighing as he sat on a chair on the patio.
Dennis said they used the pool for the first time earlier this month, but the upstairs gameroom and home theater have entertained plenty of guests.
Live to play, share
Dark wood stairs with a black wrought iron banister near the kitchen lead to a chestnut walled gameroom featuring a chess table, pool table and poker table. Barbara proudly displays her redfish mount with Dennis’ collection of stuffed whitetail deer, bass and trout. Glossy black-brown granite counters with dark brown cabinets on the wet bar suit the lodge-like retreat space. The nine-seat theater is outfitted with reclining brown leather chairs, stained wood ceiling panels and two-tone gold and brown carpeted walls divided by a chair rail. Theater designer Luis Vincent installed a 105-inch projector screen and enough surround sound power to shake the walls.
Sharing the quiet of country living and the luxuries of life is what home is all about for the Baroses.
“We wanted a home to entertain because we love people,” Barbara said.
Contact Diane S. Morales at 886-3758 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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