Building a home of memories in the Lakewood subdivision

Bob and Kimra Harper Cole didn’t even have to leave 1841 Fielden Way to move into their next home.

The couple designed their dream home long before they moved to the Lakewood subdivision. They’d planned to build it on their lot in Beaumont Reserve but learned it would not fit because of sinkholes.

So they moved into an older ranch-style house in Lakewood.

“We had just had our first child. At that point in time, the house worked for us,” Bob said.

Around 2000, they tore down the ranch home and began work on their new home, a 7,396-square-foot brick.

“This is our dream home. This is our dream neighborhood we both wanted to live in, there is where we wanted to end up,” he said. “It was meant to be.”

Lexington builder Jimmy Nash took on the project, and Bob said it was probably the second largest executive-style home Jimmy had built.

“We met Jimmy and had seen another home that he had built for a couple. We really liked him, we really liked his business, and how he went about his business. We interviewed four different builders. We chose Jimmy for his confidence and our comfort with him. He did a beautiful job,” he said.

The location is Bob’s favorite part of his home.

“It’s hard to beat the Lakewood area,” he said. “We back up to this beautiful pond, and our location in Lexington is a real active area. No matter the weather, people are running and walking. We’re close to everything; you can get to Hamburg, Fayette Mall, and downtown (quickly). We’re centrally located, and that’s what drove us to make the purchase of the lot.”

As for the house, they designed it according to what was important to them at that time, which was growing their family.

Their home has been the central gathering place for their extended families for many Thanksgivings and Christmases. The house’s large first-floor rooms allow more than 30 people to mingle comfortably.

“The way the living room flows to the dining and kitchen area is all very convenient for entertaining. We’ve had a lot of people on the main level of this home, and it doesn’t feel crowded because it’s so open and spread out,” Bob said.

In the living room is a dry-stacked stone fireplace that stretches the length of the towering ceilings. A spiral staircase greets visitors in the foyer, and to the left is a spacious office with walls covered in dark wooden shelves, but with plenty of sunlight spilling in through stately windows. The walk-out basement is finished with a bar area, a dry sauna, two bathrooms and a bedroom. White columns and neutral tones throughout give the home a warm, traditional feel.

“We wanted a house that was very inviting, and traditional from the sense that it fits in. It’s kind of a typical Lexington home, brick and so forth. When you walk into it, we wanted a home that was truly inviting where we could entertain. We wanted a place where family could come back to, a home that could accommodate those large gatherings,” he said.

They also wanted a home to display their art, an extensive collection the couple has gathered throughout their lives and are very proud of, he said.

With the couple’s boys now grown, Bob said they succeeded at what they aimed to do on Fielden Way.

“We look back on memories of raising our family, and it truly was a home,” he said. “(Our goal) was to have a home, not just a house. And we’ve done that. I’m proud that we did it.”

This week’s feature home is listed with Steve Klein of Bluegrass Sotheby's.