Rick Hudiburg, a woodworker and craftsman, and his wife bought this Villa Avenue property in 1984. Rick told me that it was meant to just be a starter house, but one project led to another, that led to another, and now, 34 years later, the couple own a home that looks nothing like the one they originally purchased.
The first project was to take down all the walls that they could. This created a much different interior space when compared to the other homes on the street. Rick joked and mentioned that on Halloween, as parents from the neighborhood trick-or-treat with their children, he has people requesting to step into his house just to get a better look. They gained so much room in the kitchen by removing the walls that they were able to build in a 1/2 bath. Rick’s woodworking skills are on full display throughout the house. The entire kitchen is something to be marveled at. He made all of the cupboards and drawers by hand from slabs of mahogany and traded his Fiat convertible for the beautiful white tiling you see lining the kitchen.
One of the things that impressed me most was the unique usage of space. The couple took it so far beyond just knocking down walls to create space. You’ll notice that there is no proper refrigerator or freezer in the kitchen and that’s because Rick built both appliances into the custom cupboards and drawers. The sink near the stove is also a vegetable steamer and the custom closets in the couples room pull out on tracks rather that just opening a door. They more than doubled their closet space and lost no floor space in their bedroom.
The other thing that impressed me most was the subtle artistic details found everywhere. The glasswork for huge bay windows in the living room, the intricate tiling in the kitchen and dining room with the matching kitchen sink, and the tiles surrounding the fireplace. This couple not only had a vision, but also an eye for accenting their vision with artistic beauty.