Building a Dream

Finding a home to accommodate their family required a Dilworth couple to start from the ground up



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To unite the rooms, materials were repeated throughout the house, including bamboo floors and stacked stone on the fireplace and the feature wall in the dining room; decorative elements that blend industrial design with natural materials were chosen for the great room. These choices helped create a cohesive feel on the main floor.

To give the open floor plan a united feel, designer Tom Holley repeated many materials throughout, including striking bamboo floors and stacked stone accents.

An open living space was a must in their custom home. Both Jason and Elizabeth come from large families and love to host get-togethers. Since it’s not uncommon for their guest list to top 30, a space that could accommodate a crowd was high on their wish list.

Designed for entertaining, the kitchen includes features such as a performance range and custom hood, built-in steamer and warming drawer, prep sink and bar cabinet with a refrigerated drawer, and coffee station all set against a backdrop of custom cabinets and marble and limestone countertops. The large island separates the kitchen from the living and dining rooms while providing additional seating space.

The great room is the heart of the home. A television hides behind custom cabinets, and a large sectional sofa offers enough space for the family of five to curl up for a movie or relax in front of the stacked stone fireplace. Holley chose interior finishes that make the home feel both luxe and lived-in, including a console table made from repurposed railway ties and a recycled and overdyed rug.

Intended for entertaining, the kitchen was designed with marble and limestone countertops and custom cabinetry.

Although the decorative elements are attention-grabbers, the real conversation piece is the wall of windows that overlooks the backyard and offers skyline views of uptown.

“It makes you feel like you’re outdoors even when you’re inside,” Elizabeth Burgess says.

The master bedroom also offers views of uptown. Plush shag carpeting, hemp wallpaper, tongue-and-groove paneling on the ceiling, and a custom upholstered headboard create texture in the spa-like master suite.

With chartreuse walls, turquoise ceilings, and orange accents, the children’s rooms are much brighter than the rest of the house. The Burgesses encouraged their kids—Chandler, Kylie, and Shade—to take part in the decorating decisions. At 6 years old, Shade is the youngest member of the Burgess family but had very specific ideas of how he wanted his new room to look.

“He wanted his room to be black and red,” Elizabeth Burgess recalls.

A custom cowhide headboard and footboard provide texture and a touch of youthful whimsy, while red bedding and a sleek red chair add color. A stainless-steel vintage dental cart serves as a nightstand.

At night, he looks out his windows at the Bank of America building and makes up elaborate stories about the colors of the lights in the crown.

Despite the colorful décor and custom touches, the Burgess kids don’t spend much time in their rooms. Instead, they play video games in the daylight basement, shoot hoops on the outdoor basketball court, or practice cannonballs in the pool—and it’s not uncommon for their friends to join the fun.

“We wanted a place where all of the neighborhood kids wanted to come and hang out, and we got it,” says Elizabeth Burgess.

In the process, the couple also got the home of their dreams.

“Even though I had no idea how all of the pieces would come together, it’s exactly the way I pictured it,” she says.

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