The Molyneux family home was designed to straddle the past and the future. A blueberry sink from 1929 is mounted in the mud room, and the lights and audio are set up on an automated system operated from an iPad. Bead boards milled in 1895 appear as a new headboard, and each window has custom motorized blinds and porch screens from the Molyneuxs family business, Rons Window Coverings.
Cory and Megan Molyneuxs custom family home was inspired by the Molyneux family history, but was constructed with the future in mind. An Alachua native, Cory drew inspiration from his childhood home, a 300-acre U-pick fruit farm.
While the actual design and construction process took roughly a year, the Molyneuxs have been dreaming of this home for a decade.
A lot of the design features are an accumulation of (Cory) going into houses 15 years ago and saying I like that for my bathroom and dreaming about stuff for decades, said Megan.
In order to achieve this dream, the Molyneuxs enlisted the help of the Maven Construction Group. With experience in property restoration and designing other custom homes, owners Leith and Ashley Finnegan helped Cory and Megan build their home to last.
“Quality of work has always been of utmost importance to us,” said Leith Finnegan, owner and licensed general contractor of Maven Construction Group. “The materials used in the framing and foundation… the things the homeowner never sees … are critical to every project.”
The beautiful wood ceilings may be what catch the eye, but the “bones” of the construction are as solid as it gets.
“Cory and Megans home captures the small-town charm of times past, while integrating smart design and construction features,” said Ashley Finnegan. (It makes) the house easy to operate and maintain.
While the home integrates several new technologies, the historical relevance still remains. With this, the Molyneuxs have truly built a custom home to fit their family’s needs.
Decades later, when their children return home to visit, they’ll be able to say Wow, this house still looks like it did when it was first built, said Ashley.
Photography by John Sloan