Located near Maple Ridge Elementary, the two acres curve down a hill, making the yard surrounded by fields even more private. Even though they enjoy plenty of comfortable space between them and their neighbors, the Summeiers take pleasure in spending time with them.
“We love our neighbors,” said Dawn. “They are good people.”
“The outside is so peaceful here,” said Ray. “We have cocktail parties with the neighbors and spend time by the pool relaxing.”
Experience helped with the construction of the home.
“I built this same house 20 years ago in Elkhart,” said Dawn. “I pulled out the blueprints and showed them to an architect. Some things had to be changed because of today’s codes, but the feel is the same – except he bumped out two sides of the house.”
Openness was one of Dawn’s primary concerns. Another was making use of every possible space in the 6000 square foot house.
“Attic space is wasted space,” she said. “I turned what was an attic in the other house into a bonus room. I made sure that every area was being used for something and nothing was wasted.”
A second detached garage sits nearby and houses Ray’s car collection – a passion he intends to follow. Finished with Indiana winters, Ray and Dawn are moving to Florida where they plan to open an exotic classic car lot.
While they intend to leave the cold weather in their wake, they will not turn their backs on their favorite team.
“We will be keeping our season tickets and plan to come back for at least half of the games,” said Ray. “We will wear our gear down there, just like we do when we travel to away games.”
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