ANDERSON – When costs to build on their Pendleton plot skyrocketed due to Hurricane Katrina blowing through, Mickey and Amanda Foley changed their plans and sought out an already-existing home. Since they chose one that had been built on spec for another family, they still retained the joy of being the first owners of the house.
“We pretty much got to start from scratch with white walls,” said Mickey, a history teacher at Alexandria High School. “The house we lived in before was old and we had to do a lot of renovating.”
“It was ideal to find a home that didn’t need anything major,” said Amanda, dental hygienist in Castleton. “I didn’t want to get into another older home like that.”
Originally the couple had chosen Pendleton as their new location because it was about halfway between their workplaces. While their choice is no longer in the middle, the Deer Creek addition is still closer to the interstate than their previous spot just south of Alexandria.
“We love the neighborhood here,” said Mickey, also the director of discipleship and education at Madison Park Church of God. “We ride our bikes and run with no worries about traffic.”
“It’s nice and quiet,” said Amanda, whose mini-marathon medallions hang over the stairs. “Between here and Cedar Bend you can go on a lot of different routes and be safe. You don’t have to get on any major roads.”
Just because they chose a new home doesn’t mean they been avoiding improvements. They have added their own touch both inside and outside the home – only in the enjoyable expenses that result in beautiful finishes rather than in structural work that is difficult for visitors to appreciate.
Since they love the great outdoors, they built a pergola next to the back deck and added a great deal to the minimal landscaping. The result is a lovely seating area with beautiful flowers and bushes to enjoy.