Kevin and Dana Dellascio understand that details matter. As approved Russell Home builders and owners of a contracting company, they wanted to showcase the details of their 5,000-square-foot Lake Martin home in The Ridge. From the faucets to the tile, the light fixtures to the stone seawall and the landscape drainage, every decision for the six-bedroom, six-and-a-half-bath home was based on experience gained from years in the industry.
“Since 1986 our company, Kadell Industries, has done numerous construction projects, but this is the first time we have built a private home on the lake. In fact, our awesome employees did most of the work,” Dana Dellascio said.
But quality and attention were key from the beginning when Dellascio and her husband personally drove to the mill to choose the woods that were used for finishes and construction.
The unique entryway into this home, designed by architect Mitch Ginn, boasts an antique, 4-foot-wide Egyptian door that the couple refurbished. With its decoratively carved panels and iron pulls, the door hints at the elegance of reclaimed finishes and open spaces inside.
“We removed some of the heavy carvings at the top, kept some at the bottom; then, added two 7-inch Rocky Mountain Hardware door knockers,” Dellascio explained. “We also found two additional one-of-a-kind, antique doors to refurbish and use in other places in the house.”
The home’s exterior is HardiePlank and stone, with the stone elements incorporated in the seawall, walkways, porches, steps to the lake, exterior skirting, columns and the fireplace. Landscaping by Alexander City’s Vision Landscaping blends the exterior into the lot’s natural setting without blocking the lake views. Paint and stain colors, as well as other interior selections, were handled by Renee Winkler Interiors in Auburn.
The Dellascios visually divided the main room for relaxation, dining and food preparation with lighting, furniture arrangements and architectural features but unified the space with vertical 12-inch tongue-and-groove walls stained in Gentry Gray. The ceiling is 25 feet high at the peak, and the end-to-end true-timber pegged-framed trusses are 5 feet high and 34 feet long. The couple recessed lighting above the trusses to supplement the natural light from two sets of 8-foot sliding doors and stationary 8-foot windows. The floors, an Italian tile hardwood pattern, are laid to highlight and mirror the length of the vaulted ceiling above, carrying the eye upward to the open spaces.
The relaxing living area is centered around a 5-foot gas fireplace on which are mounted tall accent lanterns. The stones are laid in a horizontal brick pattern with just a few larger flagstones in the same white, cream and gray tones to add a touch of cabin warmth. From this earthy focal point, Dellascio pulled the colors for trims, furnishings and accents. She turned a creamy leather sofa and two overstuffed and rounded wingback chairs to the fireplace, where the nailhead trim on the leather furniture subtly anchors the neutral artwork and diamond-patterned rugs from Montgomery’s Lynn Mathison Interiors.
The Dellascios created a versatile dining space for 10 at the opposite end of the room. They repurposed an old worktable they had found in their travels, placing it on braced custom-made sawhorse legs to fashion a heavy table. Then, they flanked the light table braces with lattice-backed wood and metal chairs of an open design and contrasted the table ends with tall, elegant dining chairs in mottled white linen with nailhead trim to complement the living space furnishings.
A 5-by-9-foot live edge, leathered single-slab granite island again unifies the whole-room space with complementary colors at the same time that it sets the kitchen apart. The fine detail of the live edge that is continued on open shelves, countertops and backsplash is simply one example of the attention to detail in the Dellascios’ home. The hand-forged modern-industrial pulls on the Chelsea Gray cabinetry are another, as they mirror the open leg structure of the contoured bar stools at the island, each one topped with a brown leather cushion. Appliances are Wolf, Sub-zero and Scotsman, and the kitchen sink in composite granite, paired with a Waterstone Gantry faucet, tops off that attention to detail.
“We chose concrete sinks for the kitchen and all the bathrooms. They require no cleaning, and they look great in every space,” Dellascio explained.
A breezeway connects the mudroom to the generous two-car garage, which includes a second-level apartment and full bath. A microwave, sink and refrigerator make this extra living space perfect as a guest suite or an office space. The countertop and backsplash here were refurbished worktables from the couple’s collection and show the paint and nail holes from their original use.
Outside the main living area, the walls reflect the classic Lake Martin style in horizontal 12-inch nickel gap tongue-and-groove shiplap. The guestroom on the main level could be a second master, as it offers a full bath and direct access to the lakeside porch.
“This guestroom has the first bedroom suite we ever owned – walnut with gold trim – but we had it painted a blue-gray by Susie Grantham in Opelika. She antiqued it just enough to show some of the gold trim. She painted several of our old pieces, including office furniture Kevin handmade years ago,” Dellascio said.
The master bedroom on the main floor is situated just off the main living area and also offers direct access to the porch. Antique split barn doors with iron grates in the top half provide a glamourous entrance into the bath area. His and hers closets mirror each other in the hallway that leads to a shower, double vanities and a luxurious 900-pound concrete soaker tub. The shower walls are 2-by-4-foot tiles, accented with bricks in one corner and on the ceiling.
The staircase leading to the daylight lower level includes poured metal pan commercial concrete stairs, which require no vacuuming and no mopping, Dellascio explained. The handrail and the steel railing came in one piece from Sonny Wilson’s W2 Ironworks in Alexander City. They also added an easy-open iron gate at the top of the stairs to keep children and pets from falling.
The stairs lead down to a large game room for spending leisure time at the pool table and dartboard and admiring the lake view. The space is anchored with a worktable-topped bar, in keeping with the fine reclaimed style of the house. Another of the refurbished antique doors – this one beautifully carved with a dogwood blossom, leaves and scrolls design over an inlaid metal gate – opens into a wine cellar equipped with a WhisperKOOL Cooling System. The metal racks can be expanded for additional wine storage.
This lower level also includes three bedrooms and three baths.
The mechanical room on this lower level is large and doubles as the perfect place to store kayaks, canoes and other lake toys.
Alongside 8-foot stationary windows in the game room, two sets of 8-foot sliding doors provide easy access to the lake.
Outside, the covered flagstone patio, which features tapered stone columns that frame the lake view, leads seamlessly to stepping-stones on the same level. The path splits here, with one arm guiding lake lovers to the dock and the other to a covered post-and-beam lakeside gazebo with a stone wood-burning fireplace, grill area and seating to accommodate morning coffee as easily as evening cocktails.
The home includes five independently zoned air conditioning units; a sound deadening system between levels; foam-insulated walls and ceilings; a sound system throughout the house; and an energy-recovery ventilation system that keeps fresh air flowing into the living spaces. The Dellascios chose a composite material for the covered porch and dock to more easily weather the wear and tear and eliminate much of the maintenance of outdoor living at the lake. The cut stone seawall protects the home’s 237 feet of shoreline with the same fine attention to detail with which they designed and built a house for luxurious relaxation with friends and family at Lake Martin.