When Andy and Lindsay Romero relocated from Chicago to their new home at 184 Somersly Place in 2007, their children were ages 3 and 1.
The two-story house in the Ellerslie at Delong subdivision off Richmond Road had something for every family member: a 12-foot-by-14-foot playroom for Harrison and Isabel; a quick three-minute drive to I-75 for Andy; and an unfinished 1,957-square-foot walk-out basement with 9-foot-tall ceilings, large windows and many potential uses.
“This house had the space and location we wanted,” Andy recalled. “It was going to be a model, but we bought it when it was framed and bricked.”
Although Barlow Homes had already selected and installed acacia wood floors and many other finishes, the Romeros put a contract on the house in time to choose tile and paint colors.
“We loved and still love everything about this house, this part of town, the accessibility to I-75, and the proximity to Hamburg and everything on Richmond Road,” said Andy, who travels frequently with his job as a regional director for Liberty Mutual Life Insurance Company.
“The location is hard to beat,” he said. “Beyond here, it’s horse farms and land that will never be developed.”
The two-story great room dominates the main floor of the Romero home. A wall of windows bathes it in natural light, and pale blue-gray walls link it to the kitchen and breakfast area.
The couple indulged their love of color by dressing up the fireplace and hearth with subway tile a few shades deeper than the walls. In the kitchen, cherry-stained cabinetry and quartz countertops pop against the tranquil hue.
The Romeros upgraded the owners’ suite with hardwood floors and custom shelving in the walk-in closet. Walls are a pleasing “new grass green,” according to Lindsay.
A darker shade on the tray ceiling draws attention to thick crown molding. Soft blue bathroom walls contrast with the earth-toned tile in the floor and the walk-in shower.
Situated adjacent to the owners’ suite, the laundry room is in the “perfect location” Lindsay said.
“It’s one of the features I like most about this house.”
The living room, which the Romeros use as a home office, features French doors that efficiently keep noise in (or out).
On the other side of the entry, the dining room offers ample space for dinner parties. Its walls are a rich, vibrant red, in sharp contrast to the white chair rail and wainscoting.
Harrison, 11, and 9-year-old Isabel have staked off their territory upstairs, where there are three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a 12-foot-by-14-foot playroom over the garage.
Well, it began life as a playroom. As the children grew, it matured into a multipurpose space.
“The kids have used it as a movie room, TV room, video game room, art room and hang-out room,” Andy said. “It can be easily converted into whatever you would want.”
Three years ago, with the help of friend Kevin Dalton of Dalton Built Homes, Andy and Lindsay created a “playroom” for grown-ups in the basement.
“We wanted a more defined space for us to hang out. We like to entertain, and we wanted a space for adults that was separate from the children,” said Lindsay, a pharmacist with C&C Pharmacy in Lexington.
A wet bar with a copper countertop like one the couple admired at a nearby winery and restaurant topped the project’s “must have” list.
“We had seen this at Jean Farris (Winery and Bistro) and loved it,” Lindsay said. “My husband helped with the copper sheeting and made shelves out of reclaimed barn wood.”
Andy also built shelving for the bourbon and wine room next to it that he describes as “urban rustic.”
“We had some extra space that we didn’t need for the bar or for another bathroom, so we snuck this in here,” he said.
A wine cooler, a seating area and vibrant red paint give the nook a cozy yet sophisticated ambiance.
“We finished it off very nicely, I think,” he added.
Between the bar at one end of the basement and the en suite at the other is an expansive family room that opens onto the back-yard patio and fire pit.
A game room with a ping-pong table, unfinished storage space and Andy’s 12-foot-by-14-foot wood shop, complete the set-up.
The project also awakened Andy’s interest in woodworking as a hobby.
“Building these shelves spurred it,” Lindsay said. “He has a lot of blood, sweat and tears in here.”
The finished basement quickly became her favorite part of the house.
“We’ve entertained here a lot,” she said.
It’s also what she’ll miss most when the family moves to a house they’re renovating in Hartland. It’s around the corner from the home where she grew up and her parents still live, and considerably closer to the children’s schools and classmates.
“We’ve done a lot of work here, but it’s been a labor of love,” Andy said.
This week’s featured home is listed with Realtor Paul Chartier of Rector Hayden Realtors.