For John and Marjorie Buckner, the move to their new home at 3664 Horsemint Trail was a bittersweet one.
The couple, both retired educators, lived in a neighborhood just off Harrodsburg Road. About ten years ago, tragedy struck their family when their 23-month-old granddaughter, Natalie, passed away.
The couple decided to make the move to the Still Meadow neighborhood off Chilesburg Road to live closer to their children, who live on the next street over, to support them during a most difficult time.
Marjorie said she saw the house while it was under construction, and she kept coming back to it while they were looking for something in the area.
“We love the location. It’s a great neighborhood, and it’s close to Hamburg. It’s convenient to a lot of things,” she said. “We also like the construction of Jimmy Nash Homes. We like the special touches.”
One of those special touches is the 19-foot coffered ceilings, which gives the home a grand appeal. The hardwood floors, plantation shutters, wide baseboards and the double-level fireplace are also significant details they admired.
“There’s a lot of quality work (with Jimmy Nash Homes) that we heard quite a bit about,” John said.
The Buckner’s home is a corner house, which gives them the opportunity to see and greet many of their neighbors.
“In the spring and summer, everyone is out. We know them, their kids, their dogs. We lived on the other side of town, and I didn’t know that many people,” he said. “We’ve lived a lot of places. Kentucky is the nicest place we’ve ever been and the neighborhood is the nicest we’ve ever been in.”
And there are lots of family-friendly activities, including a party with Santa and a neighborhood Easter egg hunt. They use the neighborhood’s green space for blow-ups, chili cookoffs and football gatherings.
Family is what brought the couple to the home, and their grandson, Brady, has helped them make their most cherished memories there.
“A lot of homes have stairs right when you walk in. This has switchback stairs; it doesn’t take up the whole living room. It’s a great place to test paper airplanes,” John said, looking back on his now-teenaged-grandson who loved throwing his paper airplanes over the banister.
John has a shop attached to the basement where he spends time on woodworking projects, many of those alongside Brady. They used some of the wood from Natalie’s crib and together created a few small additions to the home, like the paneling along the basement’s cabinetry and a rectangular wall hanging for displaying family photographs.
The basement is what the couple calls a “fun room,” with a full kitchen and seating booths they purchased from a restaurant and re-covered to match the 1950s diner feel of the space.
“It’s great for entertaining,” Marjorie said.
In the adjoining room, a 110-inch projection screen descends from the ceiling for movie nights, and the room is bedecked with lots of vintage Beatles memorabilia.
“Marjorie likes a lot of light, so instead of walling off this room, we put in French doors with a room darkening shade (so we can let light in when we’re not watching movies),” John said.
Adjoining the basement is an office with an egress window, so if the room was ever turned into a bedroom, occupants could escape in case of a fire. The room also has a full closet, an attached bathroom with pocket doors, a walk-in shower and a water closet.
The staircase to the basement is decorated with Marjorie’s grandmother’s newspaper clippings; a treasure she didn’t know her grandmother had kept. The clippings from 1918, 1945 and 1957 cover everything from World War I to local feel-good stories.
Her grandmother’s chandelier also hangs in the dining room.
“It’s very open with a lot of light in here,” Marjorie said of the room.
The downstairs master suite features half-barrel ceilings, a large walk-in closet with storage, a walk-in shower, a water closet and a large bathtub with an overhanging chandelier. The bedroom also overlooks the back patio.
“(Marjorie) designed the whole thing,” John said, referring to the Roman wall on the patio with a fire pit, all made with paver stones.
John said his shop and the patio are his favorite areas of the home. He’s spent the most time with his grandson making Christmas and birthday presents in the shop and playing baseball in the backyard. The yard is surrounded by lush landscaping bushes and trees, making the area private but still somewhat open and neighborly.
Marjorie said most aspects of the home have some favor with her; whether they’re downstairs watching a movie or sporting event together, or gathering around the fire pit in the evening, having some quiet time in her sewing room upstairs or relaxing in the living room.
Though the Buckners have had their times of struggle, they’ve found a deep sense of family in the Still Meadow neighborhood and consider their time in the home part of the changing seasons in their lives.
“We think God has a hand in everything. There are no accidents, no coincidences,” John said.
This week’s feature home is listed with Bryan Carter of Rector Hayden Realtors.