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Homes

April 19, 2014

Location, location, location

Nature provides perfect backdrop for home

PERKINSVILLE — When imagining the house of a farmer, people don’t tend to envision the home built by George and Nancy Likens. By pouring time and attention into their haven since they originally constructed the house in 1975, they have created an updated and lovely environment in the perfect setting.

Choosing the location was of utmost importance. Since farmers are so very concerned with the great outdoors, they wanted to walk out the back door into an area so beautiful that only nature could design it. With a rolling hill in the backyard, woods and a creek, they have chosen well.

“We picked this place because of the setting,” said Nancy, sitting in the four-seasons room overlooking the scenery. “We looked at another site, but how can you beat this? I wasn’t raised on a farm, but I like being involved in the different seasons, watching things grow and enjoying the rewards of the harvest.”

She may not have been born to the life, but 50 years of working by her husband’s side has given her the right to claim it. George and his brother, Herbert, are the sixth generation of Likens men to farm Madison County acres. The seventh generation is farming by their sides: Bob (George and Nancy’s son) and his wife, Julie, and Wesley (Herbert and Darlene’s son) and his wife, Diana.

“George grew up near this house,” said Nancy. “It feels good to be able to say his family has such deep roots. They came and pioneered this area.”

The four-seasons room is the most stunning room of the house, simply because the beauty of the outdoors is invited in. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide a fantastic view. Since a walk-out basement is below, the room feels like it’s on the second story and offers a height advantage.

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