Living Here Guide

June 24, 2012

New and stylish: A dream home becomes reality

Cassandra Jones’ relatives like to gather at her house, even though she hasn’t had time to buy living room furniture yet.

Cassandra Jones’ relatives like to gather at her house, even though she hasn’t had time to buy living room furniture yet.

The new, custom-built home where she and her boys moved in January is spacious and full of nice architectural touches.

In fact, their southeast Columbia home has all the newest features that new homeowners expect: arched open doorways, built-in cabinets and a master bathroom with a spacious, walk-in shower and separate jacuzzi tub.

The kitchen came with stainless-steel appliances, granite countertops and, for company, a trough sink in the built-in bar.

“It’s a good entertaining home,” said Jones, a 44-year-old physical therapist who’s working with an interior decorator-friend to find just the right furnishings.

“It’s open and airy. I love all the windows.”

The boys — son Jabari Holas, 10, and nephew A.J. Anderson, 9 — take advantage of nearby Caughman Road Park, where they play baseball and basketball.

The Richland County park is one reason Jones chose to settle where she did. The park staff makes it their business to know the kids who use the park, as well as their parents, she said.

Jones purchased a lot in 2007 and spent a couple of years talking to builders and exploring her options.

Ultimately, she chose as her builder Wade McGuinn, who has won recent industry awards for design.

“I was very impressed with the things he was doing, and I trusted he would be able to help me with what I wanted,” Jones said. “I know it when I see it, but he could pull it out of my head, make it a reality.”

She’s happy with her new house in the suburbs, 20 minutes from her job downtown — a place with “good flow,” natural light and built-in refinement, room by room.

Dawn Hinshaw writes about people, historic preservation and county government for The State.

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