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Dr. Erik and Kari Dunki-Jacobs completely gutted and subsequently renovated their Oakley home, which Erik bought in 2003 back when he was in med school. Most of the new hardware and appliances were sourced from places in their neighborhood or nearby. / Image: Mackenzie Frank // Published: 3.13.18

The Dunki-Jacobs Have Turned Their Oakley Home Into A Masterpiece

The house you’re about to tour has come a long way since 2003. When Dr. Erik Dunki-Jacobs first purchased the Oakley abode that's just a couple of blocks from the Square, he hadn’t yet earned his ‘doctor' title; at that time, he was in only medical school.

Erik rented rooms to friends to help cover the cost of the mortgage and utilities. Hard to believe the home in the gallery above once housed five guys with only one full bathroom. There was also a pool table and a kegerator.

In 2010, Erik married his wife, Kari, and they lived in the adult “frat house” (sans other fraternity members) for about nine months before moving to Louisville for two years. During the Louisville residency, they rented it out. When it was time to move back, they had a tough decision to make — either sell the house or gut it. They chose the latter.

“So we bought hard hats and sledgehammers,” said Kari. “Two months after we took down all the walls, we found out we were expecting our first son, Oliver. He was born just as the last strokes of paint dried.”

Phase 1, which included renovating the existing front portion of the house, was complete. Since then, they’ve taken down more walls, added built-ins to create a playroom space, rewired the entire place, gutted the kitchen, the master bathroom, etc. There have also been two other additions to the house: their names are Henry and George.

While this place might have the same address as it did in 2003, suffice it so say, it’s no longer the same home. It’s been magically transformed by Tom Allen (general contractor), Ashli Slawter (architect), Matt (Bishop Electric), and Dave (Tarvin Plumbing). One of the truly wonderful parts of this house, besides that to-die-for tub in the master bathroom, is how Kari and Erik sourced as much as they could from Oakley or the surrounding neighborhoods.


• Hardware from Bona Hardware
• Hardwood floors from Belmont Flooring
• Kitchen appliances from the Appliance Loft
• Leaded glass cabinet doors in the kitchen custom made by Norwood Glass
• Leaded glass windows in the kitchen and bathroom purchased at the Wooden Nickel
• Barn door and dining table custom made by Rustic Refinery

The Dunki-Jacobs are done with the majority of the renovations, for now. They have a larger plan in mind, though, having also purchased the lot next door. “We hope to eventually add to our house even further, creating a great room and an attached garage with a bigger backyard for our three boys to enjoy,” explained Kari.

But for now, scroll back to the top and take a peek at this gorgeous Oakley house.