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Twelve years ago, the Nolan’s stumbled across a home on Greenbriar, for sale by owner. The home, owned by a couple who had moved only a few homes down, had gutted the home due to mold issues. Patrick and Amy Nolan, owners of Advantage Construction, saw this as the perfect personal project. And so it was to become their family home. But it came at a cost, a little sweat, and a lot of pure imagination.
From the front, you’re greeted with lush landscaping, a trickling water fountain, and a 5 archway plantation-style entry. The near 15-foot tall double doors perhaps look new, but the ornate glass inset inside the stately wood doors is from the original owner’s grandmother’s home. They were incorporated into the wood of the new, grandeur doors, and then the beautiful transom above was custom made to match the original glass.
Once inside, a mix of Tuscan and tradition blend to create a space so grand yet intimate and warm that only true professionals could materialize in such a dignified space. And that they had – Patrick and Amy not only worked of course with their own team of contractors to renovate, but they also worked with the splendid and talented team of Julie and Cora at Buddy Walker Home Furnishings to pull together their interior decorating. The Nolan’s wanted to keep the home traditional, yet maintain some aspects of the 60s charm. The comforting living room with gracious fireplace and plush oversized leather couches are accompanied by touches of the past that were left intact. Take for instance, the wooden beam work on the ceiling, the giant wooden shutters that divide the room from its counterpart sunroom, and the Basilio Bachor (the late Corpus Christi furniture builder) built-in cabinetry to the right of the fireplace.
Many rooms were opened up, namely the kitchen, that now opens to the sunroom. This Saltillo tile sunny space expands the length of the entire home, offering 4 sets of windows and doors that allow you to view the sparkling pool, blooming flowers, and the occasional golf cart. The kitchen, previously closed up entirely from this room so that back in the 60s “the help” wouldn’t be seen, was opened up so that full entertaining could occur – as parties are a plenty in the Nolan household. Crown molding was added all around this space to pump up the traditional factor, and if you look closely, you’ll discover fun pieces such as the sailfish fan that hangs in the far left corner of the room, that Amy saw at B.L. Guess Lighting in Corpus Christi, and just had to have.
To the left of this special fan are doors that lead you to the outdoor dining and kitchen area. This space, Amy admits, has been redone 3 times over the course of their 12 years in the home. Originally, they had a lot of wood out there, it was half the size, and boasted a giant island for entertaining. Over the years, they’ve expanded it, revamped so that no wood is around (it proves not well in our climate) and more people can be seated.
With all the entertaining that revolves around the first floor, and the pool just steps away, the home has played host to many parties. Notably, each year, the Nolan’s host their company Christmas party of roughly 50 people. With the weather still nice, sometimes the pool is open! Custom built by Wayne at Certified Pools and Spa, the Nolans wanted a free-form pool. Amy battled with the idea of a diving board, as she wanted the pool to be deep on one side. So instead of that, Wayne built them a beautiful waterfall that is situated over the 7.5 foot deep side, and made it sturdy enough for people to sit on and jump off of. It was the perfect solution. On the opposite side of the pool, where it is about 3 feet, there is a tanning ledge. This bubbling underwater platform is about ankle deep and has three small fountains that give the pool that fancy flare of effervescence.
Although the pool is heated so the Nolans can spend the entire year enjoying its prominence, the ever-popular 8 person spill-over hot tub is a real crowd pleaser. Surrounded by flag stone, 5 leisurely loungers, and a fully-furnished outdoor living room, it’s no wonder the family spends so much of their time splish splashing around. Amy laughs and reveals, “We didn’t put the pool in until after the kids had left home.”
The other half of the backyard is still lawn and flower beds, where two enormous trees offer friendly shade to the family, one Mesquite and one Oak. It’s believed that the Mesquite tree is one of the largest in the entire county.Love is all around - weddings are occasionally known to take shape in the yard, and many family photos have taken form around these trees – say cheese!