Jason and Kacy Hawkins have joined thousands of other residents in deciding to live in the rapidly expanding landscape on Madison’s western perimeter.

The Hawkins family lives on Sawrock Drive in Cedar Acres. This neighborhood is directly west of James Clemens High School and near I-565.

They chose their floor plan, the Amelia, primarily for the bonus room over the garage. Also, having the master bedroom on the first floor gave a layout they liked. For the exterior, they used San Jose brick with Hardie board siding and stacked stone. The home has approximately 3,000 square feet with four bedrooms, three full baths and bonus room. The Hawkins family likes the upscale trim, hardwoods and tall ceilings.

At home, the family gravitates to their favorite spot, the keeping room. “For 18 years, Jason has wanted to purchase a sectional sofa. I refused until it was an obvious fit for the keeping room’s style and dimensions,” Kacy said. “I’m so glad I gave in.”

The keeping room “has become our favorite hangout because our 13-year-old son loves it so much. He says, ‘Mom, I will snuggle with you if you will stay and watch TV with me and dad,'” Kacy said.

Their traditional furniture blends with casual touches and trendy furnishings. “We live in our home, so nothing is off limits,” Kacy said. Among their antiques, the dining room set originally belonged to Kacy’s great-grandparents. “It is in the original state with all its unique scrapes and bruises. They raised four boys, with stories to tell.”

Pleasant gray and blue tones dominate the house’s color scheme. Kacy’s mother volunteered as their “unpaid, professional decorator.”

Outdoors, they are pleased with the trees and shrubbery in the landscaping and plan to add their own personal touch. “Stoneridge designed our flower beds. I will tweak it and make it my own in the spring,” Kacy said.

Jason works in the gas department for Huntsville Utilities. Kacy is a clinical specialist in the Rehab Science Department for Infinity Orthotics and Prosthetics.

“Our family loves the outdoors – everything from riding our dirt bikes, to fishing and, of course, baseball,” she said. The Hawkins family has attended Willowbrook Baptist Church in Jones Valley for ten years.

“Jason and I were high school sweethearts from Gurley at Madison County High School,” Kacy said. “We have lived in Madison one year.”

Located on Burgreen Road, Cedar Acres is a new Stoneridge community that has 62 home sites in western Madison. Homes’ exteriors feature carriage style garage doors, raised slab foundation and front elevations with stone accents.

The interiors have numerous amenities, such as two electrical outlets in the great room’s floor for better lighting and furniture configuration, ventless gas log fireplace, granite in all baths and rounded sheetrock corners. The kitchen has a stainless steel double oven, vented gas cooktop and tumbled travertine backsplash.