You may be in the middle of a state that’s hundreds of miles from an ocean, but if you step into Julie Tinder and Mark Arnold’s Norton Commons home, you may feel like you have stepped into a Panhandle beach house. The Greek Revival home, designed and built by Mark’s brother Brian Arnold, was inspired by Bermuda-style homes in Alys Beach, Florida.

I built the house to make you feel like you’re on vacation even when you’re at home. – Brian Arnold

Brian, owner and operator at CastleBuilt Homes, designed the home from start to finish as a custom-made oasis with an open-living flow and outside porches on the first and second floors. The home features a white base throughout, with features like white Amish-made cabinetry, a bright white Quartz finish on the countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms, engineered hand-scraped white oak floors, and porcelain tile mixed with real marble. “I built the house to make you feel like you’re on vacation even when you’re at home,” Brian says.

Julie, a VP account executive at JP Morgan, travels for her job, so she needed a home made for her lifestyle. Brian designed the home based on a previous one he worked on in the neighborhood, changing it to fit the family’s needs. Brian added some unique touches like a loft area for Julie’s office work leading out to a second-story porch. The master bathroom, too, was special with its vaulted ceilings and a 4-foot-by-4-foot skylight. Brian also added a finished bourbon bar and gym in the basement complete with private glass doors.

A favorite feature of the home is the porch off the kitchen, which opens up using phantom vinyl. With the white brick and custom-designed marble surround fireplace outside, the couple can utilize the space in colder weather. The great room has a white stucco fireplace with mantle repurposed from a Pennsylvania barn. The master bedroom is a calming oasis downstairs, and upstairs has a seating area and three bedrooms with a bonus bedroom in the basement. Julie likes clean lines and neutral colors like black and white and natural materials throughout. She loves to mix old and new pieces, like a large mirror from Restoration Hardware over a concrete sink in the downstairs powder room.

Mark, CEO and owner of Carpet Selections, Inc., is a Louisville native, and Julie is originally from Dallas, TX. The couple says they don’t get emotionally attached to houses, and they watch the market and invest in properties like their Norton Commons home, which they made sure would appeal to a potential buyer down the road. For now, though, the home is a perfect fit for their lifestyle. The couple frequently entertains friends and extended family, like the couple’s daughter Madison who also owns a house down the street with her boyfriend Chad Pursley.  The family also supports the Norton Commons community by visiting local restaurants and taking walks down the street.

Brian, featured in the 2020 Homearama, designs and builds out of “passion.” He designs from start to finish, choosing tile colors and floor materials. If a customer doesn’t have a designer, his business can be “very helpful” and can work with time and budget constraints, as well as create a home that complements the homeowner’s lifestyle and provides a residence they are proud to own. “Every project I take on is one I give my full attention to and I understand the most important project to any customer is their own,” he says on his website. “I believe the success of a project is driven by the level of communication between me and my client. I always have a direct line of communication open.”

When building a custom home, Brian says to follow these steps:

  • Find a lot or have the builder find one.
  • Provide a blueprint or have the builder draw one.
  • Find a bank to put together a construction agreement. A minimum of 10 percent of the project cost is due at signing, based on the size of the project.
  • Custom homes typically take 8-12 months depending on the size of the home. Make sure to take the timing into consideration.

Contact Brian at CastleBuilt Homes at 502-296-7060 or [email protected]

Special Features:

  • Neighborhood: Norton Commons
  • Square Feet: 4,800-square-feet
  • Bathrooms: 4.5
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Flooring: Engineered hand-scraped white oak
  • Tile: Porcelain mixed with real marble
  • Countertops: White Quartz
  • Cabinetry: Amish custom-made
  • Other: Downstairs porch with indoor-outdoor features; vaulted ceilings and a 4-foot-by-4-foot skylight in the master bath; upstairs office loft; upstairs porch.

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Posted on 2020-10-09 by Taylor Riley photos by Tim Furlong, Jr.