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Casual Elegance

Inside the Catalyst Custom Home at Country Creek Estates

All the way through to the last light fixture and faucet, Catalyst is there to listen to the client. A second-generation family company, Catalyst is owned by Cain and Seth Doliboa. Together, the brothers strive to eliminate the stress of building a home, while bringing a personal touch to the process.

“The guys are hands-on,” says Ashley Doliboa, Catalyst’s interior designer. “They’re on-site every day. Your builder is who you work with. You’re not passed off to someone.”

Currently, Catalyst Homes is showcasing a model affectionately named “The James” in the Country Creek subdivision, which is located just south of Springboro. Each of the company’s one-of-a-kind homes is given its own name to commemorate the collaboration between buyer and builder. 

The James easily melds together modern, stylistic touches with natural elements to create a home relatable to a wide range of lifestyles. With 2,538 square feet of living area on the main floor, the split floor plan feels open, airy and livable. Or, as Ashely puts it, “homey and modern.” 

The great room, kitchen and dining rooms make up one spacious open area, yet each area has its own personality. Ideal for entertaining as well as family time, the open rooms flow easily together by sharing an engineered wide-plank hardwood floor and an 11-foot coffered ceiling. Across from the kitchen, the floor-to-ceiling fireplace is flanked by built-ins and set off by gray shiplap.

“I wanted this to stand out,” Ashley says of the fireplace. “I wanted this to be the focal point.”

Neutral colors throughout the area create a warm feel, while strategic accents add texture and style. Ashley worked closely with Kathy Peters of Factory Lighting throughout the home to add extra pizazz and a distinct look to the rooms.

Guests to the home are welcomed into a foyer adorned with high wainscoting. An office is accessible through double doors on the right, and the office boasts built-in cabinets and shelving, as well as views to the front yard.

“It’s refreshing when you walk into this house,” Ashley says. “I wanted to do something that appealed to everyone. It hits everyone’s taste.”

With the open kitchen, the chef presiding over any type function is always in the mix of the action, and a center island includes room for four stools. Stainless-steel appliances and quartz countertops further embellish the modern feel of the kitchen, and the same neutral quartz continues into the backsplash of the six-burner gas range.

Throughout the home, Ashley counted on Greg Kessler of Refined Cabinets in lending his expertise to make a style statement that both complements and adds to the flow of the rooms. Indeed, Catalyst maintains strong working relationships with all their suppliers, which further facilitates an overall great home-building experience for the client.

“We'll find a way to make what you like flow into something that’s timeless,” Ashley says.

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