Surrounded by a 150-foot forested buffer, the property near the end of Scivicque Lane south of Denham Springs is a secluded 9.3-acre retreat destined to become a Southern classic. Live oaks line the long gravel driveway, beautifully framing a 5,623-square-foot luxury home.
The gated entrance to the property, located at 19256 Scivicque Lane, leads to a winding driveway through the wooded buffer zone before opening to a straight gravel drive. The owner says he often sees deer wandering among the live oaks in front of the home.
Three dormers and eight columns stand in formation above a wide brick porch that wraps the front of the home. Inside, old brick and wood rule the day. Generally speaking, the floors and ceilings are heart pine; the walls, crown molding, exposed beams and cabinetry are cypress, much of it prized pecky cypress.
Although the home was not designed by A. Hays Town, the home appears to have been influenced by the legendary architect’s work, with heavy wood beams and wood ceilings in many of the rooms. New wood is mixed with old wood and old bricks, giving the home a warm and comfortable look.
Surprises abound, starting in the master bath. It has an antique brick floor with pecky cypress walls and pine ceilings with exposed beams. The centerpiece is an elevated 6-foot whirlpool tub in a bay window, with an adjacent steam shower. The porcelain tub is actually heated itself, keeping your warm bath warm for as long as you want without adding hot water.
The home’s slate entry foyer is flanked on the left by the parlor, which has pine floors, wainscot walls and a slab granite fireplace. On the right is the formal dining room, which has the same wainscoting and a 9-light chandelier illuminating French doors that exit to the side of the front porch.
The living room has a wall of cypress and glass to a rear sun porch, as well as a wonderful old brick wall with a fireplace. There is also a wood ceiling with exposed beams .
Around the corner, a woodbox is carved out of the brick wall. Another surprise in the living room is a corner bar with an icemaker and wine refrigerator. Custom stairs to the second floor run up the back wall behind the bar.
The kitchen and breakfast room have more wood – old and new – as well as more old brick. Heavy 3cm granite slabs top the counters, and a big Vulcan commercial stove and gas cook top are enclosed in a brick cove. Nearby in the brick wall is a microwave/oven combo.
The kitchen also has those cool self-closing drawers and a swinging door to the formal dining room.
Guests can step down from the kitchen or the living room into a Mexican tile sun porch that lines the back of the house. The sun porch has floor-to-ceiling wood windows that overlook the rear brick courtyard.
Meanwhile, the master suite has more pine flooring and a pine ceiling with exposed beams. The master bath has separate his-and-hers closets.
The home’s pine floors, by the way, are nailed to sleepers on the slab, which give the floor that desirable hollow sound.
Upstairs, a seasonal closet is at the landing, and a hallway contains two bedrooms that each have a full bath.
The showcase up here, though, is a huge office/library with wood walls, built-in bookcases, beaded boards in the dormers and pecky cypress walls.
One final thought: This is also a “smart” home that allows functions to be controlled remotely, including arming and disarming the alarm, locking and unlocking doors, setting thermostats, viewing security cameras and turning lights off and on.
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