The home at 4955 Highland Road features 22-foot ceilings, nail-down antique pine floors and a wine room capable of storing up to 1,000 bottles. Top to bottom, this six-bedroom new construction from Steve Olivier is destined to be a classic.
Although the home has more than 6,500 square feet of living area, it doesn’t seem haughty or pretentious. Olivier doesn’t chase fads or the latest thing in design but remains faithful to timeless materials and styles. He makes extensive use of interior brick and wood, two materials that warm a home and never go out of style. Thirty years from now, this home will still be viable and important.
“It’s not super trendy,” Olivier said. “The house looks like it belongs here.”
The home’s front elevation shows a wide brick walkway leading up to the front entrance. An oversized gas lamp is below a roof with slate ridge caps and copper vents. Wood windows with aluminum exterior mean almost no maintenance. To the left of the entry is an enclosed private courtyard with a fountain. Fire and water special effects in the courtyard are remarkable.
Stepping inside, guests are greeted by a soaring 22-foot ceiling in the foyer and welcomed by a music room/library. In the living room, nail-down antique pine floors are beautiful. A private porch is off the rear of the living room. Olivier estimates that 40 percent of the home has 12-foot ceilings and the rest are either vaulted, with a cathedral or flat at 10 feet.
Old St. Louis bricks are the flooring of choice in the kitchen and keeping room. A brick fireplace at one end of the vaulted keeping room is outfitted with gas logs. Two four-light windows flank the fireplace, which has an ornate floating mantle and an exit to the back. Two fan windows flank the masonry fireplace chimney, which runs all the way up to the vaulted ceiling.
Just outside is the covered outdoor kitchen and living room. A barbecue chef’s delight, the outdoor kitchen features a stainless grill, an undercounter refrigerator and a full bath, Olivier said. The whole area is floored in brick and has a fireplace to warm cool fall evenings.
Back inside, four bedrooms are downstairs and two more upstairs, resulting in a great floor plan with lots of flexibility, Olivier said. He also placed light switches at door lock level, which makes accessibility and art placement issues easier. Interior doors – 28 in all – are eight-foot solid pine, Olivier said.
The kitchen is fabulous with Old St. Louis brick floors, beveled-edge concrete countertops and an antiqued cypress barnwood ceiling lined with rustic beams. The Wolf professional cooking system offers the best of both worlds with gas burners and dual electric ovens. A triple sink and two dishwashers are in the island, and a massive 48-inch SubZero rounds out this stainless appliance package. A wine room that can store up to 1,000 bottles is insulated with its own chilling system.
Back in the master suite, the bedroom has 12-foot ceilings with a ballroom ceiling in the bath. The centerpiece of the master bath is an oversized cast iron tub centered between furniture style vanities topped by custom mirrors. A fireplace does double duty between the bath and the master bedroom. There are two walk-in showers with multiple water sources including a rain head, body washes and a hand-held sprayer. One of the showers is also a steam shower, Olivier said.
The upstairs has two bedrooms, each serviced by a full bath and a clothes drop down to the laundry on the first floor.
Finally, the home has a three-car garage and a circle drive with guest parking for eight to 15 vehicles, Olivier said. The home is nestled on a large Highland Road lot between Lee Drive and LSU avenue, but an adjoining lot with huge live oaks is also available, Olivier said.
About this Home
4955 Highland Road
115 x 245 feet
6,558 square feet
Seven full, one partial