Patmores' 'dream house' in housewalk

The large kitchen in the Patmore residence features a commercial range with a handcrafted hood and an island that houses a refrigerator, freezer and microwave. The home will be featured in Tri Kappa’s Housewalk on Oct. 4.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

When Don Patmore chose Huntington as the place to build his dream house, he didn't know much about the area.

"I initially chose the area for three reasons," Patmore says. "Firstly, I wanted to get out of the area where I was in Warsaw. I also wanted wide open spaces and a buffer zone between me and my next-door neighbors. Lastly, I liked the fact that Huntington was closer to Fort Wayne."

The Patmore home, a combination of Don's and his wife Jo's tastes, will be one of the four homes showcased in this year's Tri Kappa Housewalk on Oct. 4.

"I used the plan from a Floridian-style home that I liked and customized it," states Don Patmore. "We began construction in May of 2007 and moved into it in May 2008."

Patmore adds that the year-long project was a labor of love as it underwent several modifications throughout the building stages.

"Construction started with one direction in mind and after Jo and I got together, she added her touch to it," he says.

The couple was married in February of 2008 in front of the great room fireplace.

While driving up to the Patmore residence, one can't miss the open courtyard feel of the entrance with a large water feature, including a large blue pot, the focal point of the water feature.

Upon entering the home, high ceilings, a large fireplace and oversized windows announce the great room. The fireplace was built using stone from Huntington.

"The great room is one of my favorite spots in the house," states Jo Patmore. "The view from any angle is just gorgeous and it's peaceful and relaxing to just sit by the fireplace and read a book."

The great room is the central point for the house that boasts three wings, including a separate entrance to the guest bedrooms.

The backdrop is the backyard terrace, swimming pool, sweeping lawn and a large man-made pond, designed by Don Patmore.

"I used to be an avid fisherman and I wanted something that looked like it had been there before us, something that blended in with the woods," he states. "That's why we did no cosmetic work, we just allowed the woods to grow back around it and give it that natural look."

He adds that the pond is stocked with a wide variety of fish.

To the left of the great room is an office and master suite and bathroom.

The suite features his and hers walk-in closets as well as toilets, tub and ceramic tiled lined shower with three showerheads. The shower also doubles as a steam room.

To the right of the great room is the German room, a place Don Patmore holds dear to his heart.

"I was born in Bavaria, Germany and the room holds some of my collection of things I got from Germany," he states. "It's also where I keep the winery."

Jo Patmore says she loves the German room as well.

"Sometimes we have our date nights in here," she states. "I love the ambience it has. It's like a little café."

Past the German room is the sprawling kitchen and dining areas. The Patmores both love to cook and the kitchen was designed to be functional.

The large island houses a refrigerator, freezer and microwave. The kitchen also has a large commercial-sized range.

"We wanted everything to be at out fingertips whenever we are cooking," says Jo Patmore.

She adds that her favorite meal prepared by Don is any one of his pasta dishes with homemade tomato sauce.
Don Patmore says he enjoys the bone-in ribeye.

Off the kitchen is the media room as well as a three-season room with grill, which also overlooks the pool and sweeping landscape.

The house also has two guest bedrooms, which are used by the couple's adult children and their families when they visit, and a large basement.

"We are just happy to be able to take part in the event and open our home to others," states Jo Patmore. "Since we have been here, we have fallen in love with the people and community."

Don Patmore agrees that the move was well worth it.

"Our neighbors are great and have been very welcoming," he states. "I love the community."

Housewalk tickets are available before the day of the event from Tri Kappa members, Dorothy's Hallmark, all Bippus State Bank locations and First Federal Savings Bank or by calling Nicole Johnson at 356-7247 or Sonya Foraker at 356-5844.

The Patmore residence is located at 6636N-300W.

All four homes will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Oct. 4.