Had Joe and Niki Gulick not owned 10 homes in the last 10 years, they wouldn’t have known exactly what they wanted—and didn’t want—in their forever home. “We moved into each of our houses thinking we’d be there for a while, but we were never there more than six to 12 months,” Niki explains.
The Gulicks’ background in the real estate industry definitely influenced their frequent moves. Niki, a real estate agent, and Joe with a construction background, were the dream clients for Sheri Scott, founder and principal architect with Springhouse Architects. “Niki and Joe brought all of the ideas to me for their new home located on a 45-acre farm in Springboro,” Scott says. “They just didn’t know how to pull it all together.”
Main level living
In all the Gulick family homes, they loved the idea of a basement—with its bar and big area devoted to watching football games—but they never used their basements. So they tasked Scott with bringing their basement upstairs to the main level of the home.
“They wanted to entertain and host special events, and wanted to do that in a basement-like space,” Scott says. “We designed the house with the concept of creating their ‘basement’ space to the right side of the first floor. It’s all connected; it’s just adjacent to their great room and kitchen.”
The comfortably palatial formal entry of the home opens into the main living space. The living room, kitchen and dining nook are all nestled together with views of the pool and surrounding property. The ‘basement’ space is tucked behind the massive stone fireplace.
“We have black and white everything,” Niki says of their overall design aesthetic that flows into the kitchen. “We wanted something timeless and classic but also a little modern.”
“We like to cook breakfast so we got the range with the griddle for pancakes,” Joe says of their Wolf range.
Joe also points to their custom cabinets, built by Refined Cabinetry. “Every single piece of wood in the house is actual wood,” he adds.
Tile flooring was laid throughout the main living area to withstand wear and tear, but the hardwood-look makes the space feel sophisticated. All of the countertops are quartz for the same reason.
Home for the holidays
“This will be the first time we get to decorate for the holidays, because we’ve moved so much,” Niki says of the upcoming season. “Part of the reason we made this big, open floor plan is because I like to be the one to host things. We’ll host Thanksgiving and we’ll have some sort of Christmas gathering here. I can’t wait.”
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Article by Sarah J. Dills/Photos by Kelly Ann Settle-Kelly Ann Photography
Article originally appeared in Housetrends Dayton – October/November 2019