In the spring of 2005, Mark and Lisa Sisk were searching the Lexington area for a spot to build, with a few requirements in mind.
The couple and their girls, Lacy and Annie, were feeling they were outgrowing the home they built in Dogwood Trace.
“We didn’t want to be constrained by a traditional subdivision any longer. We wanted to spread out a little, yet still be able to get into Lexington quickly,” said Mr. Sisk, a management consultant.
They soon determined that the recently opened Legacy Estates in Jessamine County was their best option.
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“There’s three different ways we can easily get into Lexington from here,” said Ms. Sisk, mindful of shopping and shuttling daughters to Lexington Christian Academy. “You can go in on Nicholasville Road, Harrodsburg Road or up Clay’s Mill. It’s very convenient.”
The Sisks had plenty of ideas about what they wanted to build at 200 Legacy Drive.
“We wanted a spacious place for cooking and entertaining,” Mr. Sisk said. “Lisa is a good Alabama girl who loves having people over for some southern hospitality.”
Having a connection to nature was also important.
“There’s a lot of natural beauty here,” said Mr. Sisk. “An old apple tree, a big catalpa, a maple. We were lucky to get this lot next to the pond.”
The adjacent pond and stonework spillway, as well as the surrounding park-like area near the entrance to Legacy Estates are maintained by the neighborhood association. The pond is the former site of a historic springhouse and marks the headwaters of South Elkhorn Creek.
“It’s like it’s our own pond,” said Ms. Sisk. “But we don’t have to maintain it.”
MAXIMIZING THE SPACE
A design was selected from nationally-acclaimed architect Larry Belk, and Sawyer-Elder Construction did the build.
During construction, there was an effort to maximize space throughout. All of the rooms tend to be oversized, and high ceilings add to the open feeling. First floor ceilings are 10 foot, second floor ceilings are 9 foot, and basement ceilings are 8 foot.
A vaulted ceiling in the great room accommodates a stone fireplace rising to 31 feet. Geothermal HVAC minimizes energy costs.
“We overcompensated for the things and space we didn’t have before, man did we ever,” Mr. Sisk said, pointing out the large walk-in pantry, butler’s pantry and formal dining room. Custom ash cabinets and granite tops round out a large well-appointed kitchen.
The roomy first floor master suite sports plantation shutters, a reading area, and separate his and hers walk-in closets.
There’s an abundance of crown molding and wood trim throughout, and an emphasis on natural finishes.
“Lisa’s brother owns a wood finishing company that does work all over,” Mr. Sisk said, noting that the brother’s distinguished client list includes the Smithsonian Institution. “As a housewarming gift, he sent his crew here to do all of our trim and woodwork.”
The handsome entry hall staircase, landing and balcony are one of the many examples of the crew’s craftsmanship.
Standout features of the second floor include a large bedroom worthy of being considered the home’s second master suite, and a fun playroom/recreation room with dormer window seats, game closet and a handy kitchenette.
BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
Completed in February 2006, the 5 bedroom, 4- 1/2 bath home has 5,900 square feet of finished living space on the first and second floors, and an additional 3,400 of unfinished space in the walk-up basement.
“If somebody wanted to finish out the house to their taste, the basement has lots of space to personalize,” Mr. Sisk said. “And it’s been roughed in for plumbing.”
With older daughter Lacy living on her own in Lexington, and younger daughter Annie now out of high school and off to college this fall, the Sisks are looking to downsize their living arrangements.
“You look around and realize this house is perfect for a family,” Mr. Sisk said. “It’s too big though for a couple. We’re looking forward to the freedom to travel more and not feel like we have to keep up with more land and space than we need.”
Lots of family and friends in the vicinity will keep them tied to the Lexington area. Mr. Sisk’s late father, Ted Sisk was pastor at Immanuel Baptist on Tates Creek for 25 years.
As a youth, Mr. Sisk was involved in Scouting, and he admits he’s never quite got the Boy Scout out of his system. One of the forces that drew the Sisks to Legacy Estates was the adventuresome feeling of being in the wild while still being close to town.
“I’d have to say the fire pit is a favorite spot I’ll miss,” Mr. Sisk said. “You can look out over the pond and you get that feeling of the outdoors with a real wood-burning fire. We use it about nine months out of the year. I love it in the spring and fall when it’s cool evenings. Lisa brings out the s’mores and everything. It’s like camping, but at the end of the night, you come in and sleep in your own bed. It’s the best of both worlds.”
This weeks featured home is listed with Chuck Bahner of Busy Bee Discount Realty.