The Drury family spends a lot of their time on the sea, so the Louisville space is considered their land home that reflects their seaworthy travels.
Shannon Hall/Louisville Courier Journal
On the outside, Claire and Ron Drury’s Floyds Fork home looks like your typical farmhouse — it sits on 28 acres and neighbors a decked fishing pond. On the inside, though, you’ll feel as if you’re sailing away to the gulf coast in a nautical-themed paradise.
The Drury family spends a lot of their time on the sea, so the Louisville space is considered their land home that reflects their seaworthy travels. With an all-white interior and pops of color, this aquatic-themed homestead is unusual in the middle of a large, grassy estate.
Life on the farm
In the 1930s Ron’s grandfather, a worker for the Louisville Transit Authority, bought the farm and the 50 acres of bottomland at Floyd’s Fork. Ron’s mother inherited the farm in 1951.
Shortly after that time, Ron’s parents decided they wanted to turn the land into a working farm. It was first a dairy farm, then produced tobacco, and then finally, housed black Angus cattle.
Staying on the property, Ron and his first wife, with help from a friend/architect from Ron’s alma mater University of Kentucky, built the home on the family’s land 32 years ago. It was originally a 2-bedroom home but eventually evolved, with a growing family, into a 5-bedroom, 3-bathroom residence.
The bottom floor is outfitted with quarry tile, and oak beams connect the ceiling in the living room. The space is bright with lots of windows leading out to a sunroom, which has refinished bamboo furniture and cushions made by Ron.
Land, wind and sea
When Ron and his first wife divorced, Ron lived as a bachelor for several years. After meeting Claire 10 years ago, and eventually marrying, the two transformed the home into the oceanic sanctuary it is now.
“I wanted to get a feel for the house and see what I could do to make it happy,” said Claire, who loves to entertain.
Long ago, Ron’s father built his two sons a wooden sailboat when Ron was 10 years old, and he has been sailing ever since. Now, Claire and Ron own a 31-foot Island Packet sailboat, built in 1984. It is docked in Destin, Florida, where they cruise the Gulf Coast every year, and really, any chance they can get away.
The family loves the wind, sea and all the colors of the water and surrounds themselves with those colors in their home. Claire loves to read “Coastal Living” and tries to bring the sea to the interior and exterior of the home, including peppering honeymoon photos from a vacation on the ocean around the house.
Ron has been facilitating projects since he built the home, including the solid core bedroom doors and the staircase made out of pipe that he bent and welded into place. He also built a wooden dollhouse and treehouse for his children.
When Claire moved in, the two took on projects together, including the front door, made of bamboo.
“We work well together,” Claire said.
The two recently renovated their kitchen, a bright window-lit room that overlooks a garden of blue hydrangeas. They installed all-white counters and cabinets with a modern integral sink next to a decades-old Euroburner stove. They enjoy a new built-in kitchen table with barstools with legs made by Ron.
Claire is also handy. She made a mirror out of seashells in the upstairs guest bathroom — an improvisation, after wanting to take down a large plate glass mirror. The master bathroom was renovated with a large oval tub that is framed by teak wood steps.
The Drury family lives a lot outdoors, whether at home or on the ocean, and their front and back yards reflect their interests, as well.
Their pond holds an old pumphouse, deck and paddleboat for the summer months. A pavilion by the water is great for entertaining guests, as well as directing Ron’s remote-controlled sailboat.
A dinner bell outside was given recently to Claire by her husband to make the residence feel a bit more “country.” A steel sculpture outside the front door represents a sailboat.
Claire adores her Japenese dry bed, made with rocks from Floyds Forks and her vegetable garden when it flourishes in the summertime. But the couple’s favorite part about living on the property is waking up to a vibrant sunrise on one of the highest points in Jefferson County.
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nuts & bolts
Owners: Ron and Claire Drury. Ron is the owner of Drury Landscape Maintenance, since 1982. Claire is a retired nurse and now helps her husband run the business.
Home: This is a 3,200-square-foot, 5-bed, 3-bath farmhouse sitting on 28 acres in Floyds Fork. The interior has been renovated into mid-century modern with bright nautical details.
Distinctive Elements: Walnut table in dining room and countertops in kitchen are milled from a tree from the farm; Ron built the staircase out of pipe he bent and welded into place; Japanese garden was built with rocks from Floyd’s Fork; Ron also made all the cushion on the back porch; all-white counters and cabinets in the kitchen; modern integral sink next to a decades-old Euroburner stove also in the kitchen.
Applause! Applause!: Meg Hensel Vittitow Cabinets; Jim Kuhn from Carbe and Ogden LLC for the Corian; Kathy And Rick Hayes from Unique Tile for the backsplash; Danny from Wooddesign for the table and counter tops.
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