“We liked the layout of the home because we wanted to have an outdoor living area and attach a gym,” said Todd. “This house was set up well for that.”
By adding a stunning porch, pool and outdoor kitchen, the Tufts are able to accommodate many guests — often invited by their children: Isaiah, 16, Joshua, 14, and Elena, 11.
Not only does a pool on 10 acres give the young adults plenty of space to enjoy company, but so does the basement. A theatre room with a giant screen is available for viewing movies, a family room encourages game play and an extra kitchen keeps snacks nearby (vital when hosting teens).
“The house is elevated so it doesn’t feel like a basement down here,” said Deborah. “You don’t feel like you’re down in the dungeon. We have a lot of youth parties and barbecues here.”
The square footage of the addition to the home equals the square footage of the original house, providing the Tufts with plenty of space to meet all their needs. Since the gym is tucked away behind the house, the view from the front is not overpowering.
“The whole back area is hidden when people pull up,” said Todd. “I like that because the house doesn’t look too ostentatious.”
Also with an eye on their face to the world, the couple added dormers to the play room to break up the long plain roof line over the garage. These three windows add light for the children and a homey feeling to the exterior.
Although Todd could work from anywhere (as his job is performed from home and on the road), Deborah’s deep roots to the community – even a Highland mascot at one time – have kept them in Madison County. Now the children have roots, too.
“We’ve been all over the United States,” said Todd. “As we’ve traveled, I could see myself living in a lot of places, but school for the kids is keeping us right here.
This article appeared in Madison magazine, the quarterly publication available at local outlets and at The Herald Bulletin office, 1133 Jackson Street, Anderson.