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Holiday Home Tour

Byrds’ home to be featured
on Crestwood Civic Club tour

Blend of old, new construction
featured on holiday tour

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

(November 2008) – After their third attempt at building a home, Kim and Brent Byrd have found one they want to keep for a long time. They’ve put their own unique twist on an old plantation-style home that perfectly fits their lifestyle and is one of four on this year’s Crestwood Civic Club Holiday Home Tour and Luncheon.
“Our home looks best at Christmas,” said Brent Byrd of his approximately 5,000-square-foot home. His wife does most of the holiday adorning, which consists of six to eight fully decorated Christmas trees, plus numerous ornamentations and heirloom touches for the holidays.

Brent & Kim Byrd

Photo by Helen E. McKinney

Brent and Kim Byrd say they are eager
to take part in the Holiday Home Tour.

“We have a classic, traditional home,” said Kim Byrd. “It was made for Christmas.”
The couple’s home was built in 2001. They purchased house plans from North Carolina designer William Poole, making modifications to “make it fit our family,” said Kim.
Poole designs a lot of large homes, many of them reminiscent of the antebellum era. The Byrds’ home is modeled after Melrose Plantation in Natchez, Miss. It is a circa 1849 plantation home that sits on the Mississippi River.
“We’ve been married 22 years and this is our dream home,” said Brent, a United Parcel Service pilot. The Greek Revival style home is very detailed, with special recessed built-ins in the walls to house collections, and many arches and columns giving it a grand appearance. The front porch is flanked by four white columns, an architectural element Poole uses frequently.
The Byrds were asked to be a part of this year’s Crestwood Civic Club’s annual Holiday Home Tour and Luncheon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21. Seating times for the luncheon are 11 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. The tour will consist of three homes and a community estate.
Other homes on the tour belong to Claudia and Clayton Stoess, Gina Brunetti and Bill Johnson, and the Apple Patch Experience facility. This latter tour site is leased by Apple Patch and is the former Wetlands Health Spa at Foxhollow Farm.
“The old house they are in is an example of an Oldham County home and farm developed in the early 20th century,” said tour organizer and Crestwood Civic Club member Carla Jones.
The Stoess home is a Cape Cod, built around 1922 by John E. Abbott. The Stoesses expanded the home when they purchased the nine-acre property in 1987. The property contains tennis courts, a swimming pool and is the perfect venue for outdoor gatherings of any type.

Byrd Home

Photo by Helen E. McKinney

The Byrd family built their 5,000
square-foot home in 2001.

The Brunetti-Johnson home is across the street from the Byrd home. The interior can be described as “elegant metropolitan” and is a combination of collections from traveling and living in five different houses. Nashville, Tenn., interior designer Cara Hagerty-Brock is responsible for pulling it together into a cohesive, livable format.
Jones said she thinks patrons enjoy historic homes more, but “there are so many beautiful new homes in Oldham County, it is a shame not to use them.” She said people take the tours “to enjoy lunch, get Christmas decorating ideas, see homes of other people and hear the history of the houses if it is available.”
The Byrds have attended many home tours over the years such as Homearama and home tours in Madison, Indiana, garnering ideas for when they would some day participate in one. Being part of a tour is a way to pay back what they had experienced from other tours, said Kim.
“Homes reflect your personality,” she said. Their present home has evolved through the process of building two previous homes, and many family heirloom pieces were passed down from generation to generation to give it that extra special touch. Such items “give homes character,” said Kim.
The Byrds moved to Oldham County in 2001 from Columbus, Ohio. Kim is originally from Ohio, while Brent is from an area south of Dallas. Kim was reared in the city and always envisioned buying an old house and redoing it. Brent, who grew up in the country, likes old decor but wanted their home to have a new look.
Their compromise is a new version of an old plantation home that disguises 21st century amenities. The home has four bedrooms and bathrooms, a library, parlor, great room, dining room, kitchen, a play room for their twin daughters, a piano room and the family favorite, a nostalgic movie theatre room on the lower level.

• For more information on the Crestwood Civic Club Annual Holiday Home Tour, contact Carla Jones at (502)-241-8784 or (502)-500-5221.

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