Woodford County house gets big upgrade — inside and out

Ron and Cathy Carmany’s ranch-style home sits on 12.5 acres.
Ron and Cathy Carmany’s ranch-style home sits on 12.5 acres.

Cathi and Ron Carmany had looked at the house on Shannon Run Road in Woodford County two years before they bought it in 2014. The previous owners had put it on the market and then changed their minds about selling.

When the house later was again listed for sale, the Carmanys took another look and made a winning offer. The Medina, Ohio, residents wanted to move to Central Kentucky to be closer to their son, Brian, his wife, Laura, and grandson Nash, who soon will celebrate his third birthday.

Ron and Brian work together as manufacturers’ representatives. Cathi is retired after working 30 years in banking and four more years for a hospital charity.

Built in 2005, the Carmanys’ house sits on 12.5 acres with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. The ranch-style home with an open floor plan had a bonus room above the garage and a partially finished basement.

The Carmanys liked its floorplan and Hardie board siding. They thought it was well designed and well built. “There aren’t a lot of rooms (on the main floor), but we’ve always had rooms that we didn’t use but once a year,” Ron said. “At this stage of our life, we don’t need them.”

Even so, the couple decided to make some changes to suit their needs and preferences. They also wanted to finish the walkout basement and add a pool and a larger outdoor entertaining space.

They hired architect Kevin Locke to help them design the lower level. “Ron always has an idea of what he wants and Kevin helped us with that,” Cathi said. “Ron is the idea guy and I’m the functional person” when it comes to renovating a house together.

The Carmanys hired remodeler Trent Winfree of SquareFoot Construction LLC in Lexington. Winfree previously had remodeled the lower level at son Brian’s house in Lexington’s Beaumont neighborhood.

The interior renovations began in March 2015 and were completed by August.

On the main floor, the couple wanted to install new high-end appliances in the kitchen. When the appliances they chose didn’t fit into the existing cabinetry layout, they hired Barber Cabinet Company in Versailles to build new matching sections of cabinetry.

They also remodeled their pantry and laundry room, adding more cabinetry in both rooms. Kentucky Granite & Marble in Nicholasville installed new quartz countertops in the pantry and laundry room. In addition, the Carmanys changed the vanity in their owner’s suite.

On the lower level, they added a fireplace and changed the flooring in the sitting area that had already been finished by the previous owners. They replaced the carpet with large-scale tile.

The new space in the lower level includes a wet bar with reclaimed barn wood from Longwood Antique Woods. Kentucky Granite & Marble created a waterfall effect with granite extending down the side of the bar.

For their media room, the couple wanted a space that was open to the rest of the lower level and not as “blacked out” and closed in as many traditional theater rooms. At the back of the room, which is furnished with sofas, is a counter, where Cathi can watch TV and movies from bar stools.

At the far end of the basement is a fully equipped exercise room that both Cathi and Ron use. This room has tile flooring. They also added a full bath, which can easily be accessed from the pool area outside. If they later sell the house, the new owners could easily convert the exercise room into an extra bedroom, Ron noted.

The couple hired Rely Technologies to wire the entire house for sound. “We have TVs and speakers everywhere,” Ron said. They chose My Three Sons Professional Painting for both interior and exterior painting during the renovation.

Their backyard improvement project began in April 2015 and was completed in October, so they are looking forward to their first full summer with the new pool. Registered landscape architect Rick Rushing of Rushing Design in Lexington designed the pool, which was installed by Mid American Pools.

Their large deck includes a kitchen. A lower-level firepit area features a view of a pond.

After completing the renovation of their 6,000-square-foot home, what advice do the Carmanys offer homeowners considering their own remodeling plans?

“You should plan to spend more money than you think you will,” Ron said. “It always takes more time and money than you expect. Try to plan ahead, so you won’t have to make changes that will add to the cost.”

The Carmanys were able to get their renovations done before they fully moved into the house. “We weren’t pressed for time. Our contractors could come and go” without disturbing the couple, Ron said. When they came down from Ohio to check on the progress, they either stayed at their son’s home or camped out in the large guest suite above the garage.

They now have a wonderful house for entertaining their friends and family. There is more landscaping to do, but for the most part their work is complete. “We have talked about adding a barn, but not for horses,” Cathi said. “It would be more for storage.”

Her husband agreed. “We will have no horses and no cows.”

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