Published
11/15/2015 by
Not long before the turn of this millennium, Ken and Kathleen Nodes, then of Old Bridge, stumbled upon the perfect plot of nearly three acres located in a newly blossoming Holmdel neighborhood. The Nodes’ had been searching for a home in the area because of its proximity to members of Kathleen's family, and especially because of the desire to have their  two young children attend the Holmdel school system. After a chance encounter with a large brush-covered hill with a spectacular view, their plans quickly changed from buying to  building. Kathleen immediately envisioned not just a new, larger home for their young family, but now with room for an indoor/outdoor entertainment area – an undertaking that seemed to take on a life of its own during the building process. For the design of the home itself, Ken & Kathleen started with plans from a few homes that they already had visited  and liked, and then had an architect and builder expand from there.
Construction began in 2000 on the final 5,200 square foot design. The result was a four story custom country farmhouse with six bedrooms, four full and two half baths.
A caveat to the design was that Kathleen wanted a full walkout lower level that would flow seamlessly out into the back yard entertainment area. Building on such a steep hill, this was no easy task – but with careful planning, large excavators, and hundreds of tons of paving stones, her vision came to fruition.
In the planning of their home, it was very important to Ken and Kathleen to have a comfortable open space where their son and daughter could be actively engaged – a home that  their children would want to spend time in as they grew up.
As was their wish, the Nodes family compound became a home base for their children and their friends, all through their school years. Ken says that it worked out wonderfully, and  jokes that at some points it was a bit of a curse. Even now, with both kids off to college, the home on the hill is still a gathering spot for all of the old gang during holiday and summer breaks.
Really, Ken and Kathleen Nodes would not want it any other way.
 
In a departure from other homes constructed in the area at the time, the Nodes' opted to not go for a brick front on their house, but decided on a more understated and easier to  maintain vinyl siding. Another interesting feature is the mahogany wraparound front porch – warm and inviting to visitors, and a wonderful natural feel underfoot as the family sits and  takes in the view from up high.
 
 
Kathleen was responsible for all of the decorating and chose golden-hued hardwood floors to add depth to the earth-toned color palette.
 
There are large turret-styled circular rooms on the main levels of the home. One of these rooms is a breakfast nook nestled off of the kitchen with banquette seating along the outer wall.
 
The Nodes' country kitchen is completely decked out in cherry wood cabinetry and granite counter tops. The full line of professional grade double wall ovens, gas cook top and grill,  side by side refrigerator and freezer, and island vegetable sink all help make it a breeze to prepare meals or snacks for the family or any number of guests who may arrive.
 
 
 
When not spending time on the lower entertainment level, the Nodes' would tend to gather in the family room. The overstuffed, supple leather seating is the perfect place to perch  around one of the home's three gas fireplaces. From there, French doors make for easy access to the outside porch, while another set of French doors lead to the small circular game and television room, complete with more banquette seating.
Easily accessed from anywhere on the main floor, the dining area is the warmest room, with solid country styling and a bit of whimsical flair – a relaxed gathering place for family and friends alike.
 
The second floor master suite takes full advantage of the home’s circular rooms with a cozy sitting area on one side, and on the other, a master bath with a custom-jetted soaking tub.
 
The basement entertainment level was five years in the making and has something to hold everyone's interest. With an enclosed full tiered seating projection theater, wet bar, pool table, wine room, poker table, and full DVD & video game library, it's highly doubtful that anyone could get bored.
 

 
The fun doesn't stop at the walkout basement door -- that is just a portal to the outdoor portion of the entertainment area. The multi-level backyard paradise features a cooking and grilling station, a basketball court, and a heated Gunite pool complete with a waterfall, a grotto with seating for eight and a hidden cave.