They also like the history, in that it was the first home in Madison County to have running water. Their home inspector told them that he knew the people who lived in the house when he was a child. The large tank used for the gravity-filled system remains in the attic.
Antiques collected by Chuck and Sandy over the years fit nicely into the space. Many were lost when a previous home, which was a converted bank barn, was destroyed by fire in 1999. Fortunately, Sandy’s grandmother’s quilts were in storage at the time. They decorate the entryway and hang over the bed in the master suite.
While the couple has stamped their personality throughout the home by painting walls, the only major reconstruction project they tackled was a bathroom remodel. With the goal of moving the washer and dryer out of the basement, they turned their eye on a first-floor bathroom that had a strange and awkward shower that left no space to maneuver.
By removing the shower, they were able to add a great deal of convenience to their life. A shiny red set of appliances occupy the space of the unused shower and eliminate trips up and down the stairs with heavy baskets.
“My favorite room is the living room,” said Chuck, a counter salesman at Kirby Risk Electrical Supplies. “It has character and it is peaceful.”
Although they both love the home, they have placed it on the market due to the need to downsize.
“We love the character of the home and it reminds me of my house when I was little,” said Sandy. “It’s great to think of all the craftsmanship that was done by hand instead of a machine. But now we need something smaller. We don’t want to move but it’s time for a different chapter in our lives.”
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