Feature: Rock Springs Homearama Louisville 2013

After the show, I published a piece for InsiderLouisville.com titled Homearama 2013 Wrap-Up: Less Extravagance, More Balance and Traditional Quality. Here, I’d like to expand on the topic and present more photos. Photos beat copy any day, right?

Exterior Photographs of Homearama 2013 in Rock Springs, Louisville KY

Firstly, Rock Springs is a great development in Northeast Louisville, still within Jefferson County and just minutes from The Summit. (I refuse to call it Paddock Shops.)

The development is on a nice piece of property, gently rolling that affords a good number of fall-away home sites. The lots aren’t very large but that’s in keeping with local and national trends.

Photo of Rock Springs Playground
What neighborhood is complete without a playground for the kids?

There were 10 homes built for this location of Homearama. For a complete run-down, feel free to hop over to the Home Builders Association of Louisville website for more.

Photo of Louisville New Construction Homearama House #1

House #1 was built by Daryl Hardy. This well-done, yet functional house was one of my favorites, not because it looked like a lot of chances but because I could really see my clients living comfortably there.

Photo of Rock Springs Homearama House #3 by Brandon & Rick Buttorff

This is House #3 by Brandon & Rick Buttorff and it was my favorite. There’s a lot to like about this design and the builders’ quality was readily apparent.

Photo of Rock Springs Homearama House #7 by Joe Kroll & Dan Swigart

Built by Joe Kroll & Dan Swigart, this is House #7. Again, very sound decisions were made in both layout and materials. It was also well-staged with a compliment of modern with traditional finishes.

Great Room Photographs of Homearama 2013 in Rock Springs, Louisville

Now we’re moving inside! It’s clear that open floorplans, where the largest family space (often labeled the great room) needed to flow smoothly into the kitchen and eating areas.

This isn’t a new trend but one that has been even more solidified in the past 6-7 years.

Photo of House #2 kitchen and great room Rock Springs Homearama

Here we see a super open kitchen, with nothing but a single post defining the dining room space. Lots of windows in the rear, as expected but perhaps the flooring choice rubbed some visitors the wrong way.

Homearama has always been a place where architects, builders, and designers try to make a statement. Lately, different ceiling treatments have grown more and more diverse. What do you think of this choice?

Photo of vaulted great room with overlook in second floor Rock Springs Homearama

While not as open to the kitchen as some of the other layouts, this great room’s fully vaulted ceiling creates an immense feeling of spaciousness.

Novel Build Design Choices in Homearama 2013 in Rock Springs

I’m always on the lookout (and hopefully I didn’t miss any) for architectural design choices that I have not seen previously. (I’m rapidly passing through middle age so hopefully, I’m just not forgetting them.)

This year’s event didn’t show me as many as I had hoped but perhaps, that was due to builders’ change in priorities from “building a buzz” to “writing some contracts.”

Photo of a small window designed to fit nicely behind a clear glassed kitchen cabinet Rock Springs Homearama

Question: How much do I love this trick?! Answer: Incredibly! These small windows were designed to fit nicely behind clear glassed kitchen cabinets so the light from outside comes all the way through into the kitchen. Clever!

Photo of craftsman styled railing spindles in staircase Rock Springs Homearama

When everyone else is using the same black, wrought-iron, staircase spindles, try something new. I love these craftsman-styled spindles.

Interior Design Photographs of Homearama 2013 in Rock Springs, Louisville KY

We didn’t have any truly outrageous designs in this year’s Homearama, which may or may not be a good thing, depending on your predilection. So I’ll just hit on what I found.

While wallpaper also has a warm place in most designers’ hearts, homeowners haven’t been big fans of late.

Perhaps that trend is changing?

Photo of wallpaper focal wall behind the master bed Rock Springs Homearama

This photo actually makes the contrast higher than I remembered seeing it live. The metallic sheen was more subtle but truly classic in design and beautiful. The designers for this home were Karista Hannah and Lauren Harp.

Photo of wallpaper inset into a built-in nook for a formal dining room Rock Springs Homearama

A very strategic use of wallpaper that comes off wonderfully was this formal dining room inset with wallpaper above and quality built-ins beneath. Designers: Ann M. Cloyd and Frankie Epperson.

Photo of a true kids room with videogame theme and all the extras Rock Springs Homearama

No Homearama would be complete without a fun kid’s room. This shot came from House #9 whose designers were Lisa Lynn Knight and Melissa Pierson.


Hope you enjoyed this Rock Springs Homearama feature! Feel free to share with friends. I would also love to hear your feedback, both good and bad.

Also, if you have any tips about stories you’d like to read in the future, I welcome them.

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