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Homes

September 21, 2013

Hymes motto: 'Watch, learn and do it yourself'

Couple chooses home for potential, not the logs

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Taking advantage of Larry’s travel time at work during their early years together, Debbie went from project to project.

“At first my husband was a little nervous because nobody was showing me how to do these things,” she added. “But now he is on board with anything I say and is more apt to help because he isn’t traveling anymore. He does all the electrical work.”

Although the couple originally moved to the area when he worked for Hills Department Store, he currently owns Tek-Hed Computers, a company that repairs computers and sells used ones.

In addition to adding closet space, Debbie has renovated the kitchen twice (once in 1994 and again in 2009), added stone to the fireplace, added log planks to one wall of the dining room, refinished hardwood floors discovered underneath the carpet and finished the dream basement (and recently remodeled it).

Most of the aesthetically-pleasing work was born from a very practical purpose. For example, the log planks were added to the dining room wall due to the installation of a new furnace.

“We needed a new furnace in 2008 and the only way to run the new ductwork was through the ceiling, so we had this big, shiny duct running up the side of the dining room wall,” recalled Debbie. “We needed to cover it and blend it in with the rest of the room, so we chose the logs.”

Although a great deal of work has been completed over the years one step at a time, the look of the home is very unified. Debbie has taken pains to ensure that the woodwork matches and as many original items as possible have been reused or re-purposed. The result is a beautiful, updated home that feels like it was recently built or remodeled in its entirety.

Each week, Emma Bowen Meyer features a Madison County home. If you know of a home that should be showcased, send an e-mail to emmagoldiemeyer@yahoo.com.

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