A Place to Call Home

Most builders have a particular style, an identifying design element that is unique to them. If Patrick Huguenin had to choose one it might be a brick accent wall.

“I guess we started incorporating brick accent walls in most of the homes we build several years ago,” Patrick said. “I just really like them. They add a rustic, yet elegant feel to any room. But, people have really fallen in love with the laundry room located right off the master closet.”

Patrick and his mother, Debbie are the owners of PDH Builders, Inc. The mother-son duo, both natives of Columbia County, has been building custom homes in the area for more than 14 years.

“I just kind of fell into this,” Patrick says. “I started working in the construction business and then began taking classes at Augusta Tech, CAD classes and then it just went from there.”

Today, Patrick and his wife, Stacey, have a beautiful home in River Island, built by PDH. The spacious three-story brick, which will be listed in the next couple of months, is the perfect reflection of the couple’s personalities and style.

“Most women might be nervous about their husbands taking the reins on designing and building their home, but I can honestly say I’m not,” Stacey says. “Patrick has great taste, it’s not too masculine or too feminine. It’s the perfect mix.”

When you first enter the home, the formal dining room is immediately to your left. A simple wooden table, completed with wooden benches, sits upon dark hardwoods and serves as the room’s anchor, but the brick wall is the focal point and star of the room. Just off the dining room is a small butler’s pantry, which serves as a staging area for entertaining and a pass-through to the kitchen.

The heart of the home, however, is the main living space, a vast room that hosts the kitchen, breakfast/informal dining and living room. The décor in this space is rustic, chic that creates a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Despite having 12-foot ceilings, the home feels cozy. The open concept kitchen living space is where the family spends most of their time.

On a wall in the living space hangs a unique piece of art, with a sentimental tie to Stacey’s family. Three long burlap frames encompass the 18 holes at the Augusta National more than six decades ago.

“My grandmother took art in college and her art instructor drew these pen and ink sketches of the holes at the National and gave them to her as a gift,” Stacey says. “We recently found them in a drawer at her home, and she was going to throw them out. I asked if I could have them. I had them framed and gave them to Patrick as a present.”

There are unique touches throughout the house. The master ensuite is a dream with a bathroom that would make any woman jealous. Patrick designed his and her bathroom, complete with two vanities, two toilets with pocket doors, a dressing area and bathtub for Stacey and a double shower.

Admittedly, the couple loves this home, but will soon be moving again. They have purchased another lot in River Island where they will build their dream home.

“It’s still early in the planning stages, but it’s going to incorporate my favorite designs/room from all of the houses we’ve lived in,” Patrick says. “I’m not going to say this will be our forever home, but we plan to stay at least 10 years or so.”

Owners Stacey and Patrick Huguenin

Year built: 2015/2016

Square footage: 6,500

Bedrooms: 8 (with the possibility of 10 if desired)

Bathroom: 9 ½

Other features: Full basement, with game room and outdoor living space, Elevator

Article appears in the October 2018 issue of Augusta Magazine.

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