Kevin McCarthy always wanted to build his own home. As an engineer, he has a natural curiosity and interest in construction. He also comes from a family of people who have built their own custom homes. When he and his wife Megan decided to relocate to the St. Louis area in order to be closer to family, they knew they wanted to take the opportunity to find the right location and to build their ideal home.
"We did our research, and we settled on the Kirkwood area - we loved the walkability of the community and everything Kirkwood has to offer - but land was extraordinarily hard to find," said Kevin, recalling his home building experience in a recent interview. "We reached out to a number of Kirkwood home builders - but it was ultimately Kim Hibbs who helped us find the right piece of land - and with the help of Kim, our family, and Facetime, we pulled the trigger on our location from 300 miles away."
The McCarthy family wanted a 2-story craftsman home that would support two work-at-home professionals. The home needed to be open, light, and bright, a welcoming, safe place for their two young boys. They worked closely with Hibbs' partner architect John Odom to develop their ideal floor plan and exterior design.
"The team at Hibbs Homes gave us exceptional coordination and communication throughout the process. Over the course of four or five in-town visits, we were able to coordinate nearly every detail and every selection for construction."
Initial home design by architect John S. Odom
Construction began in fall 2017, and the family moved in in April 2018. Their final home has incorporated nearly every wish from the couple's wish list, including a spacious and private backyard, separate play spaces for their kids, an open floor plan, and state-of-the-art two home offices.
Reflecting on their goals for the project, and the home that they now live in, Kevin said, "Everything we wanted in our home - the location, the design, the walkability, every detail… We got it when we built with Hibbs Homes."
Features of the Kirkwood craftsman home include:
- Finished basement
- Wet bar
- Home theater
- 3-car garage
- Private fenced backyard with finished patio
- Laundry attached to master bedroom suite
- Walk-in closets
- Gourmet kitchen
- Open floor plan