Differences Matter in Donohoe Custom Homes

Article by Cindy Hadish
Photography by Kevin Bassett

Classic styling meets high-tech amenities in a new home just north of Cedar Rapids by Donohoe Custom Homes.

Up-and-coming builder, Bradley Donohoe, has been in the construction world for 15 years and went the extra mile on the home at 2925 Diamondhead Rd., Hiawatha, in the Pines at Turtle Creek subdivision.

The quiet community offers many eco-friendly features, a spacious 1-acre park and full basketball court for recreation and gatherings, in a scenic location edged by stately pine trees.

Donohoe’s five bedroom, three bath ranch home offers an equally stately presence on Diamondhead Road, with a smoky gray exterior providing a contrast to the lighter-colored full bed quarry stone at the entrance. The three-stall garage uses a Liftmaster garage door opener that operates from a smart phone, one of the many advanced amenities in the home.

“It’s a reflection of myself,” Donohoe said of the work and special features he’s put into the home, which includes full overlay cabinets, oversized mirrors in the bathrooms and ceiling fans in all main-level bedrooms.
With more than 3,000-square-feet of finished space, the house fittingly captures Donohoe’s energetic personality. His girlfriend, who has a degree in interior design, assists with suggestions on colors and other features.

Handscraped hardwood flooring in a unique maple chocolate provides a welcoming entrance upon entering the home, with a distressed texture and rustic appeal. The 11-foot-high coffered ceiling adds dimension, character and a breath-taking first impression in the great room with its grid of bold beams.

Gray tones in the granite countertops and tile backsplash, along with a remarkable bubble light fixture, provide a modern feel in the kitchen. Pendant lights over the kitchen island are controlled using a countertop air switch, and both kitchen and bathroom fixtures are from the Delta Addison Collection, adding to the classic ambiance of the home, while USB ports on each side of the kitchen island provide convenient connections.

The kitchen cabinets feature soft-close dovetail drawers and all-wood construction, while the pantry light is eco-friendly, by turning on when the door is open and off when it’s closed; particularly convenient when someone’s hands are full.

Donohoe said many of the features are unique, and he’s happy to provide something a bit different to capture a niche in the home buyer’s market.

“I’m going the extra mile in a lot of places,” he said.

The great room’s 40-inch fireplace has a custom mantle and full bed Aux Vases quarry stone from St. Louis, echoing the home’s exterior stone. Large windows and a 9-foot sliding-glass door let in ample natural light, with a composite deck and patio just outside. The spacious one-third acre lot overlooks green space in Pines at Turtle Creek, for a relaxing getaway.

Donohoe tucked the home’s staircase behind the kitchen, leading to two sizable bedrooms on the lower level, the third bathroom, and a kitchenette with a sink and beverage cooler and granite countertop colors that carry over from the kitchen.

Plenty of space is available in the carpeted room for an entertainment center, pool table or ping-pong table, while unfinished space provides ample room for storage of holiday decorations and more.

Appliances, with Energy Star ratings, along with the home’s insulation, energy-efficient water heater and furnace and other features add up to a very energy-efficient home.

Donohoe included USB ports on either side of the bed’s location in the master bedroom, as well as in a study nook off of the kitchen, and five central vacuum ports are located throughout the house.

The master bathroom features a glass shower with fixtures from the Delta Addison Collection, while a highlight of the master bedroom is an oversized transom window that offers another example of Donohoe’s penchant for natural light.

Noting the one-year warranty on the home, Donohoe promises to go beyond, if the need arises, as a commitment to his clients.

In addition to dedication to customers, Donohoe Custom Homes is recognized for attention to detail, quality results, clear communication and on-track progress. The company’s core values of integrity, honesty, respect, quality and responsibility are carried through each step of the building process.

Donohoe Custom Homes is guided by these philosophies and makes a point of building homes that will last generations, building responsibly in a way that supports the neighborhood and the planet.

See more about Donohoe Custom Homes at: www.donohoehomes.com
Call: (319) 241-4958 and find them on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn.

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