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October 12, 2013

Living room view seals the deal for Byers

Home features chef's kitchen and a boat

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While her skills reach beyond installing tile and hardwood floors, a time (and energy) factor caused her to ask Monty Foust, owner of House to Home Craftsmen, to complete jobs that didn’t pique her interests. Plumbing, wiring, erecting drywall and installing fixtures became his department.

“He did almost everything in the basement except for the tile,” said Cindy. “In the kitchen I just ran out of time and told him to finish it. I was tired of the mess. Monty is really nice to work with because he lets me do some of the work myself without complaining about it.”

The plan to renovate the basement led to a full kitchen remodel. When the false ceiling came down, the couple realized that the time was ripe to rewire and replumb the kitchen before finishing the lower level.

Gleaming with a new tile backsplash, pot filler, striking cabinets and granite countertops, the kitchen is a chef’s dream. The island sports a second sink and eating area illuminated by industrial-style light fixtures. An outstanding stove from France is so attractive that it almost seems to be an accent instead of an appliance.

Competing with the kitchen for the title of “Most Breathtaking Room of the House” is the bathroom. Taking down the pink and mauve tile and fixtures, Cindy has completely retiled the space with a custom design that would rival the luxury bathrooms featured on television. She also designed the area so no shower curtain or door is needed.

Now that the house is complete – except for one more bathroom downstairs – the couple is ready to sit back, relax and enjoy their handiwork.

“We are here for good,” said Cindy with a smile.

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.

Eclectic décor is littered about the house -- including a boat in the living room. The couple found this 1938 Century sitting along the highway in Alexandria. Although it was in horrid condition, they knew Cindy could strip and varnish it to fashion the perfect accent. "We had been looking for one and knew what we wanted to do with it," added Cindy.

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