Thanks to a bevy of designers and two big-hearted home builders, Lafayette’s St. Jude Dream Home is move-in ready.
By Erin Z. Bass - Photos by Robin May
Last year, Bryan and Sylvia McLain of McLain Homes decided to donate a lot in their Vintage Park subdivision for Lafayette’s annual St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway. Despite a slow year in the real estate business, the McLains wanted to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and its mission to find cures for children with cancer free of charge to families. “After we donated the lot, our business turned around,” says Sylvia, “so we donated a lot again this year and were asked to be the builder.”
The 2011 St. Jude Dream Home is located on a lakefront lot on Brightwood Drive in the McLains’ Grand Pointe subdivision. Valued at more than $650,000, the home is Tuscan in style and covers 3,600 square feet on two stories. With four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, the home also includes a game room, study and spacious outdoor kitchen and living area overlooking the lake.
Additional features are heart of pine floors, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Sylvia McLain, one of the home’s featured designers, describes the overall style as modern in amenities and technological advances, with plenty of traditional elements to make the winning family feel at home.
Sylvia designed the kitchen, which has a glass tile backsplash and polished granite countertops contrasted with wood beams on the ceiling and an island of honed granite that resembles petrified wood. Assisting on the design were Monique Breaux with Posh Exclusive Interiors, Jodi Bolgiano Custom Finishes, Paige Gary of Paige Gary Design and Nina Ward of W. Home Furnishings.
Breaux was in charge of the home’s metropolitan master suite, whose look will be given away to one lucky visitor. Bolgiano contributed to the guest bedroom and bath and the dining room, which includes warming drawers, a wine cooler and built-in buffet with an antique cypress topper. Gary decorated the living and powder rooms and Ward the sleek second floor. Sylvia also notes the stairwell, built by Advanced Carpentry, as a focal point when entering the home.
Asked if it was difficult incorporating so many different ideas and styles into one home, Sylvia says not at all. “It flows perfectly,” she says. “Each room marries into the next, and the home has a modern feel but hasn’t lost that traditional warmth that McLain is known for.”
Get a sneak peek of the 2011 St. Jude Dream Home through June 19 on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays from noon-5 p.m., and June 22-25 from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. For a chance to win the house, purchase a $100 ticket now from IberiaBank, The UPS Store or Doug Ashy Building Materials. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.stjude.org/dhlafayette or by calling (800) 724-1918. The winner will be drawn during the St. Jude television special on KATC-TV3 June 26. To see a full list of businesses that donated materials and labor to the building of the house, visit www.mclainhomes.net, and click on “St. Jude Donors.”
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
The must have pieces this season
Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.