ANDERSON, Ind. —
When Skip and Aleta Goodwin bought a home in Rose Hill addition, they knew they were buying too much house. On the cusp an empty nest, they could have managed with much less space.
But the lot sang a siren song that has continued to woo them for 17 years.
“The lot here is just beautiful,” said Skip, quickly pulling out winter photos of several deer munching in the snowy back yard. “If you feed the deer, they come out all the time. In fact, you have to feed them in different spots in the yard or they will rare up on their hind legs and fight over the food.”
Winding down the addition, the street weaves through mature trees that tower overhead. Woods stretch behind the Goodwins’ home and a creek flows just out of sight beyond the brush. To fully enjoy the ever-changing vista outside their back door, a screened-in porch and a deck stretch across the walk-out basement.
“The screened-in porch was here when we moved in, but we added the deck and the stone staircase that walks down the back,” said Skip, a Delco retiree. “I landscaped the entire hill so that I wouldn’t have to mow anymore.”
Heat based on leaves
Even from inside the living room, the beauty of nature can be enjoyed. Multiple large windows provide a striking view from the climate controlled space. An interesting heating system also allows the trees to cut down on the utility costs of the home.
The main floor from the front of the house becomes the second story in the back, due to the sloping hill and walk-out basement. A brick fireplace stretches down from the living room into the master bedroom below.
In the winter, the leaves fall off the trees and allow the sun to shine through the large living room windows to heat the brick chimney, which transfers the heat to both stories. In the summer the leaves shield the windows and help keep the home cooler.
“It’s called solar passive heat,” he said. “The trees regulate the temperature of the house through the seasons.”
Aside from the stunning lot, the Goodwins were also enticed by the cherry trim that set this house apart from its rivals. With an affinity for the deep, warm tone, the couple was entranced.
In fact, they even visited the Amish furniture store that was formerly near Hamilton Commons to have a cherry dining set crafted just for their room. They chose the wood and the design for a table, chairs, hutch and wine buffet.
“It was wild the way they had it all made,” recalled Skip. “The store sent the wood to three different Amish men. One built the table and one made the chairs and another made the hutch.