ANDERSON — Having admired its architecture even as a youth, Phil Miller finally purchased the perfect residence – only a few doors down from his childhood home – 14 years ago. Although he has lived in Michigan and south Edgewood, his life has come full circle and he is almost back to his beginnings.
“I never really got far in life,” said Phil with a laugh. “I made it about a quarter-mile from where I started. But I’m glad to be back here. I used to shovel the drive for Mrs. Stewart when she lived here.”
Phil and his wife, Holly, are only the second owners of the residence built in 1936. Byron and Geneva Stewart had the home designed from a picture she found in a magazine. As the general manager of Guide, Byron was well-known in the community. When they purchased the property, the area was completely wooded.
Phil’s love for this charming house did not, however, extend to Holly — at first.
The couple’s desire was to downsize and the square footage of this property did not fit the bill. Also, as Geneva went into her 90s, she did not continue to renovate.
“She did a wonderful job designing this house and it was well cared for,” said Holly, who works from home for several publications. “She loved this house and it showed. But it was dated and time for a lot of changes.”
Changes began with a complete kitchen renovation, where they took the room down to the studs.
Even though they were rushed for time, they chose exquisite cabinets that match the flavor of the home. Along with other updates, they converted attic space into Holly’s office.
“We’ve had fun,” said Holly. “There is always a project in an older home.”
Not only have they updated the interior, but the Millers decided to complete the Master Gardener program in 2010 and have spruced up the yard as well. They were even featured on the tour last Saturday.