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Parkside Design Dream

This Parkside beauty built by Jeff Roy Construction is a glorious example of details and fine craftsmanship. As a builder and contractor in the Davis area for years and years, Jeff Roy built a dream home for his own family on a much coveted Parkside lot in Central Davis. The lot size is deceiving from the sidewalk; it’s an ample quarter acre. The 4000 square foot home includes 1000 square feet of finished basement which isn’t common with new construction in California. But due to Roy’s need for a home office, it made sense to maximize the space for this property. To his neighbors’ surprise serious digging and excavation took place at the onset of the project to create the basement floor. In it now is a professional design office fully loaded with a CAD workstation and architectural printer, a storage room and dedicated electrical and utility areas. Also included in the basement layout is a bedroom and bathroom.

Classic Craftsman Cherry Doors

Jeff prides himself on attention to detail, especially with the materials he uses. Throughout his home the beautiful wood selections are noticeable. The doors, flooring and cabinetry all are variations of warm cherry hardwood. The crown and baseboard dimensions are grand and in proportion to the almost ten foot ceilings; all the doors are seven feet tall and slightly wider than standard door measurements. This larger scale adds a sublime personality to the home’s design.

Hand-crafted Grand Staircase

Upon entry to the home the staircase is revealed, and again the scale is grander than standard and creates a wonderful architectural core to the home. Each cherry step has been hand-finished. The banister’s millwork detail is substantial and reminiscent of a bygone era, yet newly crafted and built to last with Jeff’s three sons (and their friends) making many trips up and down the stairs – hanging and pulling on the rail.

A surprise in the kitchen was the combination of varying granite finishes. All countertops are in Juparana Persa Granite from Brazil, also known as Golden Beach Granite. The golden color is warm and neutral with black veining and opaque crystals. Jeff used a unique application of a “leathered-finish” for the granite on the island and a high gloss finish for the granite countertops and backsplash. The “leathered-finish” has a dry, matte look and adds a rustic effect complimentary to the enormous beams overhead and into the great room.

Open to the kitchen is a truly great room. The floor to ceiling stone fireplace has a striking shape, but the face surrounding the Valor gas insert and the mantel caused me to take a second and third look. Jeff applied colored concrete in Cambrian black with a salt finish to create a contemporary

POP color adds a fresh twist

twist to a more traditional craftsman – rustic stone look. The simple, square-framed aloe  print above the mantel is an attractive choice. Again, not an expected composition considering the material selections; therefore, it creates a fresh point of view.

The dining area is framed with arch doorways and features an “enhanced” table and chair set purchased from an Internet site. Jeff selected two different wood stains for the dining set to complement the flooring, and added an area rug to quiet and soften the space. The light fixture was purchased at one of the large, home-improvement stores, and suits the room well. Jeff definitely believes design selections can come from a variety of resources, and he’s right. No one should feel that products from a mainstream source are “less than” or a compromise to a high-end choice.  Options are available in all styles, qualities and budgets. The window coverings throughout the home’s double hung windows are special-ordered Hunter Douglas Brilliance Pleated Shades in Vintage Cream.

This dining room's elegance is created by one element only - simplicity

When Jeff designed his home he kept in mind his family’s needs for living and working. There are several work spaces, including a home office for his wife on the main level. Each of the boys’ rooms has a media area, and the home is wired for energy-efficiency. There are four bedrooms and four bathrooms on the second story, and each bedroom closet is outfitted for premium organization. Linen closets and additional cabinetry line the hall with ample and enviable capacity. Again, Jeff’s experience in building spec and custom homes in the area has afforded him the opportunity to take the best ideas and include them in his personal home. Did I mention the elevator? Yes, an elevator with access to each of the three levels. And, outside in the rear yard adjacent to the pool is a separate one bedroom, one bathroom rental unit. Does it end?

Xeriscape Landscaping was planted all around the homesite

A formal, rectangular solar-heated pool was installed by Premier Pools and Spas of Sacramento. The dark plaster Gunite pool has an adjoining spa with pavers surrounding it. The pergola over the spa adds architectural interest to the open space and balances the ‘weight’ of the house. Ahrens Landscaping of Sacramento worked with Jeff to plan and install xeriscape landscaping – landscaping designed specifically for areas that are susceptible to drought and  for water conservation. Originally from the Greek xeros meaning “dry,” the term, xeriscape means literally “dry landscape.”

After years of living in Davis and designing, building and remodeling homes for others, Jeff and his family have the joy to live in a spectacular home within biking distance to the kids’ schools and downtown. The Central Area neighborhood of Davis offers convenience to shopping, entertainment, UC Davis and freeway access.

This prime lot had been unavailable for purchase since 1946! Once for sale, Jeff and his wife took the steps necessary to secure it for their future. And now, after incredible amounts of work the Roys are living their Parkside dream. Not only does the home fit their lifestyle, the home fits the street and the sixty year old tree canopy that surrounds it – now that is excellent design planning!

To learn more about Jeff Roy Construction visit his website or call 530-758-2673.

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