Lexington home design invites the outside in

When Mark King first stepped out back at 4921 Hidden River Drive, it was an indisputable “yes” to making the house his home.

Built down a private road on 10 acres — and with only seven neighbors — the house sprawls across its lot with an appealing symmetry, blending well into the countryside with its earth-toned details and stone exterior.

The 6,500-plus-square-foot home overlooks North Elkhorn Creek, which is home to copious wildlife and shaded by dozens of mature trees. The large back deck walks down to a hillside staircase, leading to a lower deck at the water’s edge.

“When I walked (out here), that’s what sold it,” King said. “It was the outside for me. That’s what I cared most about.”

Every season brings a different view, but King’s favorite is springtime. He said when the sun’s out, the banks of the creek are covered in softshell turtles, and

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