ANDERSON — Phil and Catrina Cooper like change. Shortly after their marriage 14 years ago, they moved into a new home near Killbuck Lake. Before long they added a deck. Two babies arrived and kept their itch for something new at bay for a while, but the need to shake things up resulted in a total remodel of the interior in 2011.
“When we first looked at this house, I didn’t think we could afford it,” said Phil, an Anderson firefighter for 27 years. “But when we walked in the front door, we absolutely loved it. We were able to make it work. God has blessed us.”
Although the home doesn’t have lake access, it does sport a nice-sized yard and view of the lake. They quickly decided a deck would enhance outdoor living greatly.
“We like to be outdoors,” said Phil. “I’ve got my grill out there and we like to spend time in the yard. Now that we have two kids (Jaylon, 10, and Kyla, 5), they really enjoy running and playing out there.”
The spacious deck is also a great place to enjoy fireworks on the Fourth of July — without fighting a long line of cars for the front-row experience.
“They shoot off big fireworks every year from the island in the middle of the lake,” he said. “These are just as big as any of the shows around town. It’s so much fun to sit out there and watch them.”
When the couple began to get restless in 2011, they decided to take down some walls and reinvent their space. One separated the kitchen/eating area from a small family room. Pulling it down, the Coopers united the areas into one large room that is a perfect gathering space.
By removing a pantry that further separated the kitchen from the new open area, they fashioned a bar that doubles as extra seating or extra work space. Cabinetry received some TLC, but didn’t need to be replaced. New granite counter tops stretch over them, giving the kitchen a luxury feel.