In the heart of Oak Hill lies an idyllic space called Battery Square, a gated community where families come together and customized design knows no limits. Going inside one of these four custom homes offers a glimpse of how cohesive design works when both refinement and practicality are considered.
Lighting is everything in this 4,600-square-foot home, developed by Focus Builders. Natural light streams in through many oversized windows with simple, low-profile mullions. In fact, there are “more windows in this house than you would normally see in a house twice its size,” says Seth Argo, Focus Builders developer. And besides letting in all that light, the family is able to look out to the gorgeous views of Battery Square’s meticulously landscaped courtyard, right in the center of the four residences.
The fresh, clean look that comes with natural light highlights the amazing custom materials and finishes located throughout the four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom estate. The kitchen’s full marble slab backsplash, in African white, and the island’s waterfall edge countertop show off thoughtful aesthetics, where beauty and practicality coexist. Natural tile, which has a timeless, luxurious feel, was used in many of the adult spaces, like the master bath, guest bath and the powder room
The finishes, design and details of this open-concept floor define grace and charm, especially with the focus on its youngest residents. Children’s play spaces can normally be cluttered and messy, but this Battery Square home offers hidden storage and multi-use furniture, like a hidden trundle bed within the playroom window seat, to keep things looking clean. This dedicated play area, perfect for tea parties, alien invasions and Lego cityscapes, keeps kids — and their imaginations — happy.
When designing a home with kids in mind, Kimberly Schmunk, of Focus Builders, says to remember lifestyle needs. “I’d pick materials that are easy to clean — quartz over marble, porcelain tile over natural stone — and keep scale in mind when designing cabinetry and picking out commodes. I’d also always remember to have fun with it!”
Fun can be found around every corner of this Battery Square home. Details like playful hardware, in the shapes of elephants and flamingos, were used in the children’s bathrooms; the whimsical bird-themed homework/arts and crafts space with aviary-themed wallpaper and a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it light fixture with matching bird accessory; and clever nautical details throughout the space.
Speaking of nautical, we have to call out the special engineering feat that’s not only clever but adorable as well. Maritime favorite jute rope, and a lot of structural reinforcement, went into the hanging and creation of the enormous suspended bed. The wooden bed matches well with the seafaring vibe of the room, highlighted with a navy and white color scheme and underwater-themed artwork.
“Life done beautifully” is not only Battery Square’s tagline, it’s a way of life for the families who live in this cluster of distinguished, thoughtfully designed homes. Life can get hectic and overwhelming, but always beautiful in a house that’s a home.
Learn more about Battery Square, take a video tour and more at batterysquaretn.com.
All photography by Mary Beth Thomas.
This article is sponsored by Focus Builders.