The fact that it took nearly six years for one Dublin couple to decide on what would be their dream home, is a pretty good indication that the pair had a pretty specific wishlist. When Sankar and Jyothsna Mangapuram were searching for a new home, a Dublin location was their number one priority. The couple was living in the Shannon Glen subdivision, their children were happily enrolled in the Dublin school system and they wanted to keep it that way. Plus, Sankar’s business is based in Dublin and he is heavily involved in the community. They wanted a contemporary style home with “great big rooms,” and an open layout as the couple entertains frequently for family, friends and business associates. “We host gatherings at least once a month,” Jyothsna says. “It’s usually 15-20 guests.”
Finding the right fit
“We’ve been looking since 2007 and during that time we looked at every house available in Tartan Fields,” says Sankar. While they loved the community, the traditional and transitional styles of the homes they were touring were not quite what they wanted.
Finally, six years into their exhaustive search, they came upon an available lot in The Reserve of Tartan Fields that overlooked the 12th hole of the golf course. The picturesque, north facing location was the impetus the couple needed to decide to build and get exactly what they wanted.
Building on that particular lot meant building with developer Brian Jimenez of Jimenez-Haid Builders. Initially, Sankar and Jyothsna were hesitant to commit to the lot and the builder all at once, but having built their previous home, they knew the questions to ask.
“I did the market research on him,” says Sankar. “I called all of his former customers. They all are very happy. No one reported a bad experience. The Jimenez-Haid brand is strong.”
Building the team
Jimenez introduced the Mangapurams to Jim Wright of Residential Designed Solutions. When meeting with Wright, the couple came loaded with photos and detailed design ideas. Jyothsna spent hundreds of hours scouring the internet and gathering photos of exactly how she wanted her floors, ceilings, decking, stairs—and even the roof—to appear.
“They did a great job of bringing the big picture ideas to us,” says Jimenez. “It was fun for my team to tackle the details in order to turn these specific concepts into reality.”
One priority was a two-story ceiling and a curved window in the great room. “We wanted something modern and elegant,” Sankar says. “Not just straight lines.”
In fact curved lines are carried throughout the home including the striking entry with its curved walls and circular overlook which features a seven-foot tall chandelier dripping down from the second-floor ceiling. Dual exterior curved staircases descend from the first floor to the spacious, golf-course facing outdoor entertaining area.
Plus, the couple was very specific with how the rooms were to be arranged. Having been born and raised in India, they preferred the home follow the principles of Vastu shastra, a traditional Indian system which translates literally to “science of architecture.”
“In ancient days, kingdoms were built using this method,” Jyothsna says. “Rooms were placed for optimum ventilation.” For example, the kitchen should be in the southeast corner of the home, the bedroom in the southwest section.
Those requests and designs were given to Wright who drew them to his clients’ very close specifications. Plans for a 10,000-square foot, six bedroom, six bathroom and two half-bath home were drawn up to elegantly accommodate the couple’s three children. Daughters 16-year-old Sanjana and 12-year-old Sahasra and five-year-old son Siddaarth. Jyothsna’s mother, Uma, alternates between living in this home and with her son who also lives in the area.
After blueprints were drawn, the couple enlisted the aid of interior designer Pam Yost, owner of Grand Design Group. Yost was instrumental when Jyothsna decided she wanted to redesign the kitchen from what was originally drawn and she wanted something much bigger. “In Indian culture, we cook a lot,” she says. “We cook a lot!” she adds for emphasis.
Yost reworked the kitchen’s design and created the free-form shape of the island and the matching dropped ceiling that mimics its lines above it. “Pam made things happen according to our tastes,” says Jyothsna.
“On a scale of one to 10, she gets a 10,” says Sankar.
The couple broke ground on the home in 2015, followed by a two-year construction period which was overseen by Jimenez-Haid’s project manager, Alice Wissman.
Splashes of color
In addition to the curves, bold colors are a theme that is carried throughout the home. The overall plan was to keep permanent fixtures such as flooring, cabinetry, and walls in neutral ranges, and add splashes of color through items that could be more easily switched up. Yost helped the couple with color, material and lighting selections.
“We both love bright colors, but we wanted the flexibility to be able to change,” says Jyothsna.
A colorful lower level bar and conversation area is a favorite spot for Sankar to hang out with friends. Jyothsna thinks the hues brighten the moods of her family and their guests in the winter.
Keeping with traditions
The couple, who just celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary, is very involved in the Indian community that is strong in Dublin. Along with traditional U.S. holidays, they celebrate their culture’s festivals regularly, including Diwali, a festival of lights that takes place each autumn. “We don’t want our kids to lose their Indian culture,” Sankar says.
While the family is an active one—both daughters are on their school’s tennis teams and take classical dance lessons, and their son Siddaarth is an active pre-schooler who “won’t walk when he can run”—the couple admits they prefer to spend time in their home over going out.
“When I wake up in the morning I love looking out my window to see the green, open view in my back yard,” Sankar says. He adds that he comes home from work every weekday by six o’clock because, he says, “My house is my heaven.”
What more could anyone wish for?
RESOURCES Builder Brian Jimenez, Jimenez-Haid Builders, with project manager, Alice Wissman; Residential designer Jim Wright, Residential Designed Solutions; Interior designer Pam Yost, Grand Design Group; Staircase Simon Yoder; Staircase railing Elegant Iron Studios; Sofas, cocktail tables, great room rug Roche Bobois; Lower level barstools Studio J; Kitchen barstools RJones; Lighting Northern Lighting; Appliances, faucets, bath fixtures Ferguson; Floor tile Hamilton Parker; Carpeting American Floor Source; Landscaping Greenway; Kitchen cabinets The Cabinet Shop; Kitchen countertops Marble and Granite Works; Linear fireplaces Hamilton Parker
Article by Karen Bradner/Photos by Daniel Feldkamp
Article originally appeared in Housetrends Columbus – October/November 2019