From the Pensacola News Journal.
The new year brings a new home and even more family time for Kevin and Dusti Sluder in their new Aragon home.
“The active downtown vibe is just one of the many reasons our family wanted to move to this location,” Kevin Sluder said.
“The community of Aragon offers a family-friendly neighborhood while still being in close proximity of the many local attractions.”
It’s easy to spot the attractive and unusual Sluder domicile as you drive through the neighborhood. It has its own personality and it stands out amongst other houses.
The four-bedroom, four-bath house features an outdoor tower that has a breeze plus views overlooking the ”gathering green” and the waters of Pensacola Bay.
“It is a quiet spot that all of our family members enjoy, including the dog,” Sluder said.
There is also an exterior apartment over the garage that has become a popular place for the couple’s friends and family to stay over after a night on the town.
The house is designed to not only accommodate the family but to also provide a comfortable space for entertaining with a courtyard that features an outdoor kitchen with TV.
“We have become a popular space for watching Saturday football. Being a former football player with Mississippi State University, we always enjoy watching football, one of the reasons the home features several TVs in the living space. Even though we root for the Bulldogs, we are big fans of all college football,” Sluder said.
“The entertaining is done with the help of a CONTROL 4 system, which controls the audio, visual, security and other electronic devices in our home. It has become a popular feature with our children, who like to turn different audio zones on throughout the home.”
One of the outstanding features of the house is the flooring, which is to be expected because Kevin is a member of the three-generation family who owns Gene’s Floor Covering, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
“Picking out flooring for our home was probably the most difficult decision we had to make because we wanted to make sure that our floors made a statement and showed something new and different,” Sluder said.
The couple did exactly that by choosing an oiled-finished hardwood flooring that is not only on the floors, but also applied to the main living ceiling beams.
“It is a unique touch, and we are very pleased with the results.”
OPEN FLOOR CONCEPT
The Sluders enjoy entertaining, so they chose an open floor concept, which allows the dining room, kitchen and living space to flow together.
“Each bathroom offers a tiled shower, which was fun designing. Our children, Kendall, 18, and Korbin, 6, each have their own bedroom with en suite that reflect their personal style. The biggest challenge was trying to visualize all the colors and final selections coming together for the finished product,” said Dusti Sluder, who did most of the selections with the exception of the flooring and bathroom tile finishings.
“We truly wanted our home to offer a calming and comfortable space. We chose a neutral color palette: soft whites, taupe, pale greens and warm grays. The paint color is the same through the whole home, walls and ceilings. This helps keep the different spaces connected,” she said.
FORM AND FUNCTION
Building a house can be problematic if you’re undecided about what you want, but for Dusti and Kevin it had all be thought through.
“Having a small dog and a young child, we knew we needed functional pieces, so we went with fabrics that are easily cared for. All of the fabric in the living space can be removed and washed in the washing machine, and the surfaces of the tables are all solid wood, so I am not chasing fingerprints,” Dusti said.
“Growing up in Pensacola, we both knew we wanted a costal feel to the home. Using the soft neutral color palette along with linen fabrics we feel as though our home offers a timeless costal design.”
A new chapter begins for the Sluder family as the calendar turns its pages and the wishes of the past are now part of their future.