205 Caveson Drive Generous layout, desirable extras mark eclectic Summerville home on five acres
By JIM PARKER
The Post and Courier
Let’s start with the master suite, the most dramatic in describing how the owners transformed a traditional 31-year-old ranch into a showpiece.
“This was all a sunroom,” says Jessica Nothmann, gesturing to what is now a luxurious master bath.
In a yearlong renovation of 205 Caveson Drive, she and husband David Nothmann gutted the sitting room on the home’s west wing.
The couple built a finely honed bathroom sporting light-inducing windows, split vanities, soaking tub with modernistic spigots, hand held sprayers in the shower and Italian glass tile interspersed with ceramic tile as accents. Off the bathroom, they crafted an oversized walk-in closet marked by sweater shelves and heaping helpings of hanging clothes.
Past the huge closet is an extra-wide master bedroom, carved from what had been a recreation room. “It had a pool table and eight foot ceilings. We ripped out the staircase and wall,” she says.
The couple raised the ceiling on a slope so that it starts at 10 feet and rises gradually, installed laminate wood flooring and fashioned a hickory staircase with steel cable railings.
“This is my splurge,” she says.
The stairs lead to what had been a windowless finished room in the attic. It’s now an open loft accentuated by a massive bench with large pull-out drawers at one end and a work desk at the other.
The owners, who have two young children, recently placed the house on the market. The 4,173-square-foot ranch home, which is on five acres in Huntington Woods on Summerville’s western edge, is priced at $489,000.
“This home is a gem. Bring your family home to true southern elegance,” says Jana Bantz, listing agent with Prudential Southern Coast Real Estate who also heads up Jana Bantz & Associates.
The property, located in the Dorchester 2 School District, is geared to a family consdiering its five bedrooms and large yard, says Lisa Maynor, agent with Prudential Southern Coast Real Estate and broker associate with Bantz.
While a stay-at-home mom now, Jessica Nothmann is an interior designer and came up with the home’s looks and layout.
Floors are laminate wood, concrete and tile. To assist elderly parents, the owners built a second master suite on the home’s east wing that’s Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant, notably making it easier to enter and exit the slate-floored and sided shower. Next to the bedroom and bath is a sauna. Three more bedrooms, served by a full bath, are on the front side of the east wing.
The retailored kitchen on the back side of the house is marked by a porcelain tile floor made up of angled 24-inch black and white squares. Stainless steel appliances and solid surface countertops highlight the gourmet cooking area. Meanwhile, the owners retained a brick wall on the north side of the kitchen, adding cabinetry and a flat-screen TV along a low shelf.
Another quantum-leap change was to open up the entrance. A stone walkway and fountain grace the walkup to the front door. Dominating the center of the house is a full-length great room with paved concrete floors and vaulted ceilings. To get therefrom the open hall linking the two wings, you walk down a brick step. The great room connects with the screened-in porch, which also runs the length of the house. There’s a door from the second master bedroom to the porch, too.
From the remodeled porch, the roof carries onto a second concrete spread that in turn leads to a two-car garage, notable for a sloping concrete driveway toward the back lawn that makes it easy to drive a tractor out for mowing.
While the couple didn’t redesign the garage, it was fitted by a previous owner with literally dozens of storage cabinets. Stairs lead to a finished room, complete with pine floors and a bathroom. The space over the garage could be a mother-in-law suite or rented out, Maynor says.
A second detached garage is next to the driveway on the west side of the house.
The owners had not gotten around to fixing up the second porch or redoing the garage, which could be projects for buyers.
“It’s something to put all their energy toward,” Maynor says.
The 205 Caveson Drive home is toward the eastern side of Huntington Woods, which has all estate lots.
Traveling west on Interstate 26, take exit 199A at Summerville onto Main Street. Follow Main into town and turn right on West Richardson Avenue. Steer left on Central Avenue and go about three miles. Bear right at a traffic signal onto Butternut Road. Make the first right, which is Kimberwicke Drive. Follow Kimberwicke to the first right — Caveson Drive. Turn on Caveson and proceed a half-mile or so. On the right is 205 Caveson Drive.
Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or email@example.com.
Agent: Jana Bantz, ABR, GRI
Office: Prudential Southern Coast Real Estate
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