Maurice and Tammi Geierman don’t give a lot of credence to decorating rules and conventions. Their style is homey, comfortable and all their own.
That could explain why there’s an eight foot slate pool table just off the foyer in a spot that most people would use as a formal living room.
With a large family room and a kitchen laid out as a social hub, the Geiermans don’t feel the need for a traditional living room.
“We don’t really use formal rooms much,” says Tammi, noting that the billiards room can easily be converted back to a living room. “And the only reason we have a formal dining room is because I have this beautiful table that my dad restored.”
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A stone pillared entrance announces the home as “Summer Place,” a 4,462 square foot home on five acres with five bedrooms and four baths. The driveway loops around a large pond with ducks.
“We liked this lot because of the pond that the developer put in,” says Maurice who explains their love of water. “We’ve lived in Florida and really like the ocean. We miss the water.”
“We love Florida and everything about Florida,” Tammi says pointing out a swordfish tusk hanging on the wall.
A NOD TO TOMMY BAHAMA
Tammi describes the relaxed and casual style of their home as kind of Tommy Bahama-ish. When weather permits, the Geiermans like to open up the French doors across the back of the house and enjoy the covered patio and views of surrounding farmland.
The backyard pool is another way they satisfy their longings for Florida seascapes.
Tammi likes the gentle way the saltwater pool treats her hair and skin. “I get out and I feel like I’ve almost been to a spa,” Tammi says.
“The saltwater is so easy to maintain,” Maurice says. “It takes more time to get out the cleaning tools than to clean it. You don’t have to worry about adding chlorine every week and testing. It’s more stable than chlorine pools.”
The first floor master suite features two walk-in closets, custom barrel ceilings, and a separate sitting room with fireplace. The master bath has granite tops, a whirlpool tub and a large walk-in shower with travertine tile.
The bath cabinets are crafted by Barber, the distinguished Versailles cabinet-makers who have been around since 1948. The cherry cabinets found in the standout kitchen are also by Barber.
“Anyone looking for a little bit more space, a little bit more privacy and quiet would be interested in this house,” Tammi says. “One of our neighbors recently moved here from Beaumont Reserve to get a little more space I think.”
The home has a second master suite on the second floor that Tammi says would be ideal for a teenager or a live-in nanny. Two other bedrooms upstairs share a Jack-and-Jill bath. A large bonus room currently used as a music room, could be a bedroom or a game room.
The home at 190 Chandamere Way, part of the gated Chandamere community, is only about ten minutes away from shopping at Bellerive Plaza on Harrodsburg Road.
“We can get to the intersection of Man-o-war and Harrodsburg Road in 15 minutes,” Maurice says.
When the house was built in 2015, Tammi and Maurice put in a lot of sweat equity. “After the drywall was in, we pretty much took over,” Tammi said. “I did all the tile work and laid all the hardwood floors. Maurice did all the trim and hung all the doors.”
She picked up her skills from her dad, a builder. Another thing she picked up from her dad is a sense of adventure.
“I like to move around,” Tammi says. “We’re not sure what’s next. We’ve got a boat at Herrington Marina and we are leaning that way.”
And their beloved Florida is on the horizon, but that’s a few years down the road.
This week’s feature home is listed with Andrea Clemons of Rector Hayden Realtors.