Sherry Purkins said you get the best of both worlds at her house.
She’s the owner of the 5,000-square-foot brick home at 201 Deerfield Circle in Nicholasville, which sits on an acre of strikingly green land backing up to a farm. Cows graze the hillside and corn pops up in rows every year, all framing colorful sunsets Sherry loves to watch each night.
“It’s the perfect location,” she said. “It’s maybe, at the most, eight miles to Man ‘O War and Palomar. It feels like you’re out in the country and you’re just 10 minutes away from Lexington.”
When she and her husband, Rob, bought the house about eight years, they took on the task to finish it with builder Jeff Scates at the reigns. One of the touches they had to finish is now one of the most prominent aspects of the house: the hardwood floors.
“Back then, people were picking Brazilian cherry (for their flooring). We picked Asian cherry, which went better with the cabinets,” she said.
They finished the bonus room over the garage into a bedroom for their son, complete with a large sitting area, two closets and a double vanity.
They also finished the basement, which became the congregational area for the Purkins’ two children, Lara and Jake, and their friends.
“It started to be the house where the kids came to on the weekends. They’d have a bonfire out back, and they had a ping pong table and pool table in the recreation room (in the basement). Lara has probably made more use of the house than anybody. I’m so glad we finished the basement for that,” Sherry said.
While the basement is a favorite among teens, Sherry said her absolute favorite part of the house is the main floor.
“The kitchen area is large with a really nice eating area. The passthrough allows you to be in the kitchen and talk to everyone in the great room. The laundry room is right there. Those are my three main areas. The kitchen--cooking is what I love to do--the great room, and laundry room; I’m always doing laundry. The way it flows, it’s perfect for family living and entertaining,” she said.
And as soon as they moved in, that’s what the house became: the gathering place. With Sherry’s siblings and their families nearby, and with her parents traveling from Ashland often to visit, they began having family dinners together on Deerfield Circle. The home hosted Jake’s ball team get-togethers, his college friend gatherings, Lara’s friends and the family’s annual Fourth of July family cookout.
“It’s never routine. We have a lot of impromptu get-togethers,” she said. “Our family circle has enlarged a lot. During the Fourth of July cookout, they all play whiffle ball game, corn hole and watch fireworks. We can sit out in our back yard and see the R.J. Corman fireworks, and we can see others from places like Versailles—we see fireworks from all around. It’s really cool to watch.”
Sherry also loves to host Christmas parties at her home, and the house’s design is perfect for decorating. She said one of the first things she did when finishing the home was put an outlet in the foyer so she could have a towering Christmas tree. There’s also a catwalk on the second floor, where she hangs garland and lights.
One of the most unique aspects of the home, she said, is the stacked stone fireplace in the living room. The mantle is made from barn wood from local builder John Beasley’s barn.
Aside from hiring local people to complete the work in her house, all of her furniture and decorations also come from nearby or were family-owned and have a backstory.
“I like my house to be homey. What’s important to me is what’s in my home. That makes it a home,” she said. “I just love everything about this house, I really do. I just think there’s so much to love about this house. I’ve loved having my family here and making memories here.”
This week’s feature home is listed with Sarah Barbee Espinosa of Re/Max Elite Lexington.