Bud and Ruby hired a commercial architect to construct this massive two story home perched alongside Stone Mountain Creek. It is styled after Frank Lloyd Wright designs with views and sounds of this creek in all its wildness from every room. Most of the year it is tranquil, but severe rains or thunderstorms transform it into an Amazonian experience. Sadly, after Ruby passed it became a bit too much for Bud to manage alone and we reached an agreement for him to stay there for about a year while we drew up the retrofit plans and secured a builder. Don Trueblood had been our handyman at our home on Silver Hill Road and agreed to tackle the extensive retrofit given we had a full year to achieve that: moving five load bearing walls, raising some ceiling areas while lowering others, adding new flooring, fireplaces, kitchens both inside and outside, and an elevator.
The house retrofit was specifically designed to entertain large groups that have included Christmas Parties for our Sunday School class, Kentucky Derby parties (Susan is from Lexington), and two weddings of friends so far. The open and inviting design lends itself to retreats, fund raisers, and almost any excuse to be with family, friends, and neighbors. The award winning botanical gardens coupled with extensive use of benches and hardscaping provide countless opportunities for people to consider the majesty of God's creation, and disconnect from the hustle and bustle elsewhere.
The house and grounds are simply too good to keep to ourselves, so we welcome opportunities to use it to enrich relationships in our community.
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