ANDERSON, Ind. —
Once inside, the couple wasted no time. Almost every wall featured spray paint and ragged holes left by vandals. The kitchen sported cabinets with the doors ripped off. At the time, Dave was working half days as the auto body repair teacher at the vocational school. Also working half days was his friend, Rich Garringer, the teacher of building trades at the same school.
“I can’t say enough good things about Rich,” said Tamara. “If it were not for him, we would have doubled our time and we were anxious to get in here. There are very few people you can let loose in your house and not worry about whether the job will be done right.”
Rich may have been a great deal of help, but Dave (now employed at Riley and Sons Collision Repair) pulled his share of the weight.
“Dave can do almost anything,” she added. “He’s an all around handyman. I come up with ideas and he implements them.”
While the house may not be large, the finishes are high end and feel luxurious. The kitchen sports a stunning backsplash, a spacious eat-in island, beautiful countertops and stainless steel appliances. Hardwood floors stretch through the joined kitchen, eating area and living room.
Tamara’s chic taste is evident in every room. Balance of color, print and textures create interest as well as comfort in the living room. Bright colors and appealing shapes appear around the room in the form of lamps, accent pieces and knick knacks.
Soft shades and satin sheets in the bedroom spark a romantic feel, as does the small crystal chandelier overhead.
“It was a lot of hard work, but it is rewarding to see it come together,” said Tamara. “It’s fulfilling to take something that is such a mess and make it look like a home. We said this is the last one and I think it is. We do really love it here.”
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