A perfect fit

Gorgeous sunset views and peaceful scenery drew Mary and John Schumacher to the lot on which they built their French Country estate in the gated community of Glenmoor. However, there was a reason the land was on the market for 20 years.

Custom-built Glenmoor home is a gardener’s haven

Gorgeous sunset views and peaceful scenery drew Mary and John Schumacher to the lot on which they built their French Country estate in the gated community of Glenmoor. However, there was a reason the land was on the market for 20 years.

Creating a large home to fit the unusually long and narrow (145 feet deep by 200 feet wide) lot provided a challenge for its designers.

“Our architects designed this home specifically for this lot,” Mary said. “It follows the contour of the land.”

Built by their son Paul’s business, Schumacher Homes, the design is part of his architects’ Masterpiece Series. The 4,900-square-foot home has a 4,200-square-foot first floor and a 700-square-foot loft area over the garage, which is used as a play area for the couple’s 10 grandchildren.

Before entering the home, one first must appreciate the breathtaking flower gardens surrounding the house, which were planted by the couple.

“We are gardeners. We have dirt in our blood,” Mary said. “Our daughter said, ‘I’ve never seen a green thumb like yours and Daddy’s.’ ”

The couple, married 57 years with four children, own and operate Schumacher Realty. They share their home with Thurston and Lovey, their beloved Yorkshire terriers, which were gifts for their 50th wedding anniversary.

The little dogs greet guests in the entryway of the home, which has hardwood hickory floors throughout. Dramatic arches and barrel ceilings along the main hallway provide a lovely setting to display family photos and artwork. Ceiling heights range from 10 to 16 feet.

On the way to the open kitchen area, guests pass the theater room, with its six leather recliners and a 9-foot screen. John said he wanted it close to the kitchen so that husbands and wives can congregate in a closer vicinity during social gatherings.

The open floor plan encompasses the kitchen, eating area, great room and garden room to the rear of the house.

“This is where we all congregate,” said Mary of her kitchen.

Highlights include granite countertops, two copper sinks and a papered tray ceiling. The 5-by-7-foot center island offers plenty of counter space for entertaining. The kitchen area’s Oriental rugs are those with which Mary grew up on a farm in Louisville.

John likes the long narrow “schoolhouse” table that seats eight and separates the kitchen from the great room.

“It has drawers for hiding vegetables,” he pointed out with a chuckle.

The great room has a comfortable leather sectional and matching chairs where the couple relax.

“This is typical of a hearth room you would see in Europe,” said John, who pointed out the African kudu head with its unusual twisted horns over his fireplace. The kudu was given to him by a client.

The breathtaking screened porch is perhaps the most unusual space in the home. A vaulted pine tongue-and-groove ceiling and a stone fireplace allow them to enjoy the area even in cooler weather.

The couple spend mornings in the room, enjoying the scenery of the Timken family farm nearby, which includes a herd of deer that pass regularly.

“We’re early risers,” said Mary. “It’s so peaceful.”

“And the sunset to the west is just awesome,” added John.

The first-floor master suite has a terrace off both the bedroom and bathroom with more views of the gardens.

The area also features his and hers walk-in dressing rooms.

“If I left this house, I think I’d miss this the most,” Mary said of her dressing room.