The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update


August 11, 2012

Hands-on house

Indoors and out, John Moore does much of the work on his house himself

ANDERSON, Ind. — Although John Moore works in Indianapolis and his wife, Carol, works in Greenfield, the family has grown roots in Anderson and won’t be moved to simply shorten their commute.

“I grew up here,” said John, a maintenance technician. “It’s home.”

Choosing to live in an addition across the street from Anderson High School, the Moores have ensured their three children are near to their school. Jessica, 17, and Austin, 16, can be in the doors in a matter of minutes. Rhonda Anderson, their grown daughter, enjoyed the same privilege.

“We really liked the convenience of this area,” said John, mentioning they purchased the home in 1999. “This is a unique neighborhood, but the house was small. We added a room on about a year after we bought it.”

Only hiring out the work on the primary structure of the room, John completed most of the work himself — even adding a built-in shelf for knick knacks and Christmas decorations. This huge room supplies enough space for the family to gather and enjoy time together.

“About five years ago the teenagers started fighting over the bathroom,” continued John. “So we added one on the other side of the house. I designed it myself to make sure it had the space we needed.”

A patio and basketball

His hands-on talent began as a kid when he found he loved working on cars. That evolved into home construction. Now he saves the family money by repairing their vehicles and fashioning their improvements to the house.

“There just isn’t anything he can’t do,” said Carol, who works at Keihin Indiana Precision Technology.

Not willing to stop with interior upgrades, John also created a back patio as a place to enjoy evenings in addition to a half-sized basketball court for the children to practice. A large club house remains as a reminder of when the teenagers were younger and still had a playful spirit.

“Carol does such a great job out here,” said John. “She spends many hours making the gardens look so nice.”

Flowers and bushes are blooming despite the extreme temperatures and dry conditions this summer has brought. A vegetable garden on the side of the house boasts green beans, tomatoes, corn and pumpkins.

“I’ve enjoyed gardening all my adult life,” said Carol. “I like planting a seed, watching it grow and seeing how much life I can get out of it. I learned from my mom — she’s been a gardener most of my life.”

Yard ornaments add to the character of the gardens — and visitors quickly notice that Carol has an affinity for frogs.

“Frogs are a lot fun,” she said with a laugh. “They are cute and I just like them.”

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