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Homes

January 4, 2014

Favorite homes from 2013

From tree houses, to tile, to cabinets, featured homes shine

Walking into area homes every week to feature a family and their unique style is nothing short of delightful. Some residents spend a great deal of money on their homes while others achieve unbelievable results with little cash and a lot of imagination. Here are some favorites from the past year:

Award for the Most Fabulous Kitchen Cabinets: Curt and Jahnae Erpenbach

I have seen a lot of truly incredible kitchens this year, including fantastic backsplashes, superior tile work, gorgeous countertops, well-designed layouts and stunning lighting. However, this pick was an easy one to make. Cabinets that actually curve through the corners and around the island are about as impressive as they can get.

Fashioned inside the home, these cabinets are chic and modern, which fits the rest of the spacious great room perfectly. Granite countertops from India top them for a fantastic finish and perfect contrast in color. The kitchen is simply a showcase.

“This big room is one of the reasons we bought the home,” said Curt. “It’s great for entertaining. The home is very unique and the builder didn’t cut any corners.”

Award for Amazing Bathroom Transformation: Bill and Cindy Byer

Truthfully, I want to give several awards to this couple. Not only have they done fantastic work on their house, Cindy has done the bulk of it with her own two hands — including the tile work in this bathroom, which is extensive.

Pink and mauve tile and fixtures reigned supreme before Cindy decided the retro 70s look was no longer welcome. Not fond of the appearance of a shower curtain or door that obscures the view of stylish tile, she reconfigured the space so she could do without either.

Retiling the floor, shower and bathtub area is only part of her work. Unpictured is the lovely area around the double-sink vanity across the room.

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  • FEA HB0727 Homes 0113 Storage solution The key to creating a beautiful home on a budget is to look beyond the intended purpose of an item, and beyond its appearance. Instead, check for sturdiness of the frame, and the functionality of the components.

    July 26, 2014 5 Photos

  • FEA HB0706 Homes 0206 Reduce, reuse, recycle When companies in the food industry are finished with a 50-gallon barrel they use to store and ship perishable items, Leslie White knows just what to do with it. Rather than see it shipped off to a landfill, she outfits the barrel to be an instrument of conservation.

    July 5, 2014 1 Photo

  • FEA HB0629 horizontal place4 Memory box project can enhance home decor One of my passions is decorating our home with personal items celebrating family. I also love doing projects that are easy, fast and cheap. Creating a memory box combines both of those interests.

    June 28, 2014 6 Photos

  • FEA HB0626 Elliott home Garden Walk shows off greenery Both of Ellen Elliott’s parents were gardeners when she was growing up. Her mom and dad taught her all about growing tomatoes, peppers, green beans and other vegetables and plants when she was a small child.

    June 26, 2014 4 Photos

  • FEA HB0622 homes_0173 Creating their garden Excited to be on the 16th Annual Tour of the Madison County Master Gardener Association, Sandy Hampton has been working hard to ensure everything is perfect for this Saturday.

    June 21, 2014 5 Photos

  • FEA HB0608 1418 Condo living Since Herb and Betty Pruett were drawn to this area via Anderson University – and they met walking the campus byways – it is only fitting they have retired to University Village, the condominiums with a direct connection to the school.

    June 7, 2014 5 Photos

  • FEA HB0701 Homes 1169 Family treasures Follow Betty Tufts through her home and she will lift treasure after treasure that prompts a story of family. From knickknacks that were given to sketches that were drawn to features of the house that were installed, the pieces of her home are the calling cards of the ones who love her.

    May 31, 2014 6 Photos

  • FEA - HB0525 - HOMES 1290 Just a few tweaks left in renovation of old house At times, I thought the day would never come. On other occasions, it seemed like the finish line was just within my sights only to move forward with each step I took.

    May 24, 2014 7 Photos

  • FEA HB0511 Homes 1167 Making room for the music When George and Norma Smith built their home in 1967, they had family in mind. The location provided the opportunity for their three sons to attend Lapel Community Schools and the floor plan ensured that each one could claim a bedroom of his own.

    May 10, 2014 5 Photos

  • FEA HB0504 Homes 1134(1) Retirement living When Dr. J. G. Pierce, a local dentist for 40 years, decided it was time to leave his home in favor of a retirement community, he set his eye on Primrose.

    May 3, 2014 6 Photos

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