Updated: 11:01 p.m. Friday, July 11, 2014 | Posted: 4:10 p.m. Friday, July 11, 2014

Homearama features luxury options, divergent design

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The Bella Noelle by Clayton Douglas Homes in the Oak Reserve section of Carriage Hill in Liberty Twp. is part of Homearama 2014. GREG LYNCH / STAFF
Homearama features luxury options, divergent design photo
The Cheyenne by Jack H. Wieland Builders in the Oak Reserve section of Carriage Hill in Liberty Twp. is part of Homearama 2014. GREG LYNCH / STAFF
Homearama features luxury options, divergent design photo
The Villa Maribella by Justin Doyle Homes in the Oak Reserve section of Carriage Hill in Liberty Twp. is part of Homearama 2014. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

By Eric Schwartzberg

Staff Writer


The one-of-a-kind luxury residences at Homearama 2014 feature the latest in design trends, furnishings and decorating, plus state-of-the-art home technology.

Most noticeable is the heavy emphasis on incorporating the area directly behind each home as a living, breathing extension of the home itself.

“I think what a lot of the people are going to be surprised by this year is the over the top outdoor living spaces that are virtually in every one of the homes,” said Dan Dressman, executive director for the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati. “Two of the nine homes in the show this year have … outdoor pools with some really exquisite living spaces.”

Many of the homes feature a bar, billiard table, expansive shower, outdoor fireplace and a creative water element of some sort. Some even feature dual garages, one for parking and the other for residents to work on or store a vehicle.

Bella Noelle by Clayton Douglas Homes features a dual-level wine grotto, a media room with three large flat-screen TVs, a low-lit poker room with two more TVs and a Harley Davidson motorcycle displayed inside the first-floor brickwork.

Studer Residential Designs, which has participated in 20 Homearamas in the last 25 years, incorporated a key design feature into Bella Noelle — a barrel vaulted beamed ceiling in the great room. The design blends the kitchen, dining room and living area into one cohesive unit.

“We’re designing homes differently than they were,” said Mike Studer, president. “ You don’t want the rooms to be stuffy formal, but you don’t want them to be boring. That barrel vault was a way of tying all those spaces visually together … just have that space flow so when you’re in it, it’s real dynamic space.”

Villa Maribella by Justin Doyle Homes boasts an octagonal dining room, sunken media space, a bar that gives guests a peek at the wine room and a half-court basketball court with a 22-foot ceiling and a Cincinnati Bearcats logo emblazoned on the floor.

“My homeowner has quite a few young kids, and when we first started talking to him over a year ago … he said he’s always had a dream to have a basketball court in his house,” said mechanical engineer Justin Doyle, president and CEO. “There probably hasn’t been a residential home built like this in all of Cincinnati ever with the type of top-notch flooring and premium products that we’ve used.”

The Summer Breeze by The Leland Group brings in massive amounts of natural sunlight via arched glass at an area extending from the foyer to the great room.

La Maison des Reves by W.V. deStefano Homes includes amenities like a second-floor children’s retreat area and a lower level with ample space for entertaining.

Contemporary style elements are on full display at Virtuoso by Daniels Homes, with its “floating,” banister-free stairs, a glass-enclosed office and outdoor entertaining on upper and lower levels.

The Bordeaux by The Robert Lucke Group uses an expansive staircase to beckon guests from the upper level living area to the lower level entertainment space.

Speaking of stairs, a double spiral staircase at Asheville by Arthur Rutenberg Homes leads from the first floor to the second floor’s private living quarters or downstairs to the lower level, which includes a guest bedroom, club room and exercise space.

The Cheyenne by Jack H. Wieland Builders features open rooms to give the home a welcoming feel, as well as a colossal, multi-level covered and uncovered entertaining area off the back of the first floor.

Going against typical standards, The Bella Vista by Hensley Custom Building Group eschews the typical breakfast table for a formal dining room-only concept, and excludes a desk from its office in favor of four high-backed chairs. The home also includes a children’s stage area, telescope viewing station and study loft.


Homearama 2014: Carriage Hill, 6306 Princeton Road, Liberty Twp.

Show dates:July 12 through July 27

Show hours: 4 to 10 p.m. Monday - Thursday; noon to 10 p.m. Friday - Sunday. No ticket sales or admittance after 9 p.m.

Cost: Tickets can be purchased at the gate of Homearama at Carriage Hill for $14. Children under 12 are admitted free of charge. Tickets for $11 may be purchased at all Kroger stores, as well as at CincyBuilders.com. AAA members can get a $2 discount at the gate.

Directions: Take Ohio 129 to the Ohio 747 exit and go north to 6306 Princeton-Glendale Road. Carriage Hill will be less than one mile up the road and to the right. Follow the signs to Homearama parking.

Liberty Twp. residents are admitted for $11 on Thursday. Liberty Twp. Fire Dept, a deputy from the Butler County Sheriff’s Office and township trustees and staff will be walking the show and answering any questions people may have about the broader community.

Check out Journal-News.com for an online gallery featuring photographs from Homearama 2014.

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