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Home of Distinction

Tours of house with attention to detail benefits Children's Hospital

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Cua Builders created the Home of Distinction, which will be open through March 23 for tours. Proceeds from the $10 tickets go to Nationwide Children's Hospital.
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A 7,000-square-foot home will display its custom features this month to help Nationwide Children's Hospital.

The home at 10770 Brinsworth Drive in Dublin will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays through March 23 as the Home of Distinction.

The $10 admission fee to the home will benefit Nationwide Children's Hospital.

The WBNS-10TV Home of Distinction by Cua Builders features five bedrooms, eight bathrooms, an owner's retreat and lower-level entertainment area.

It took six months longer than most homes built by Westerville-based Cua Builders, said Tom Cua, the company's owner.

"It was designed from scratch," he said.

"The houses we build normally take 10 months," Cua said.

"This home took 16 months, which speaks to the amount of details and the square footage, which is impressive in itself."

The home has 7,034 square feet of finished living space and another 4,216 square feet that includes a sports court, screened porch, garage and unfinished basement.

Cua said he was pleased to be asked to be part of the Home of Distinction project.

Most fundraisers have a short timeline for completion that make detail and long-lasting work difficult, he said.

"This event was not under any time limit," Cua said. "We could take as much time as we wanted to build the home.

"The owners were very kind in extending the date to have the home completed.

"We did a tremendous amount of trim on the inside of the home.

"In the end, it's really a showcase of the skills of the carpenters and everyone else involved from the Amish cabinet makers to the advanced technology of the geothermal cooling and all the LED lighting," Cua said.

The entertainment area on the lower level of the home that includes black walnut, barn doors and a sports court are standouts for Cua, in addition to the architecture.

"There are so many styles that are brought over from Europe or other areas," he said.

"This style is true to America. It's called the architecture of American summer. There's nice trim and a white finishing interior to match the style of the exterior that makes it important and into a timeless home."

All proceeds from tickets sales from the tour will go to Nationwide Children's Hospital. A women's auxiliary group from the hospital will staff the house.

"The money they raise goes to any area of greatest need at the hospital," said Cindy Laux, director of annual giving for the Nationwide Children's Hospital Foundation.

The group has raised more than $25 million since it was started in 1916 and has helped pay for things such as equipment for the rehabilitation unit, Laux said.

For more information about the Home of Distinction fundraiser or to purchase tickets, look online at homeofdistinction.com/13Columbus.

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