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.

Battery Square is a four-home community in Oak Hill. Each home is custom-designed by Focus Builders.

Battery Square is a four-home community in Oak Hill. Each home is custom-designed by Focus Builders.

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 waterfall edge island is just one of the distinct features in this fabulous home.

The waterfall edge island is just one of the distinct features in this fabulous home.

The full marble slab backsplash in African white is beauty embodied.

The full marble slab backsplash in African white is beauty embodied.

This spacious pantry acts as a second kitchen, a popular trend in home design. With ample space for additional storage, this is as beautiful a space as it is practical.

This spacious pantry acts as a second kitchen, a popular trend in home design. With ample space for additional storage, this is as beautiful a space as it is practical.

Many of the home’s bathrooms used natural tile to create an elegant, timeless look that oozes luxury. We’re particularly fond of this door feature — vacant or occupied?

The stunning geometric pattern of this Phillip Jeffries wallpaper perfectly complements the dramatic lines of the sink's exposed pipework.

The stunning geometric pattern of this Phillip Jeffries wallpaper perfectly complements the dramatic lines of the sink’s exposed pipework.

Natural light can be found in abundance throughout this home.

Natural light can be found in abundance throughout this home.

Each and every nook and cranny of this home is carefully designed and thoughtfully planned out. The symmetry of this alcove is wildly satisfying.

Each and every nook and cranny of this home is carefully designed and thoughtfully planned out. The symmetry of this alcove is wildly satisfying.

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.

“Our last house had a hidden playroom behind a bookshelf that opened as a door,” says Seth Argo, the developer for Battery Square. “Our kids loved playing in there but had a hard time opening and closing the door due to the weight of the bookcase. So in this house, we wanted to do a similar dedicated play area.”

Originally created as a storage room, this space was eventually converted into kids' homework/arts and crafts area. The whimsical wallpaper and bird-happy fixture pair nicely with the yellow task lights.

Originally created as a storage room, this space was eventually converted into kids’ homework/arts and crafts area. The whimsical wallpaper and bird-happy fixture pair nicely with the yellow task lights.

Every detail, from vibrant colors to intriguing fixtures, is carefully curated.

Every detail, from vibrant colors to intriguing fixtures, is carefully curated.

Note the trundle bed neatly tucked beneath the window seat in this spacious and playfully tasteful recreation space.

Note the trundle bed neatly tucked beneath the window seat in this spacious and playfully tasteful recreation 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.

The suspended bed was put together like a giant, 4-inch thick cutting board. It took seven grown men to get it up the stairs and into the room!

Nautical elements like jute rope, used for the suspended bed and bathroom mirrors, bright blue vanities, varying shades of navy and blue and aquatic artwork create a space that recalls that of the sea.

Nautical elements like jute rope, used for the suspended bed and bathroom mirrors, bright blue vanities, varying shades of navy and blue and aquatic artwork create a space that recalls that of the sea.

The inviting spaces continue outdoors with an outdoor fireplace and covered and uncovered decks.

The inviting spaces continue outdoors with an outdoor fireplace and covered and uncovered decks.

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.