Separating this area from the living room is a wall accented with spindles. During the remodel, these were removed and a salt-water fish tank was built into the wall.
“The contractor saw my aquarium and said: ‘Let’s get this up off the floor and into the wall,’” he recalled. “My wife took some convincing. She didn’t want it at first but now she likes it. It’s a real eye-catcher. Everybody that comes in really likes it.”
Currently two clownfish, two angel fish and one goby are sharing the water. Since the introduction of the goby, the tank has become maintenance free, as he enjoys eating moss from all the surfaces.
Hardwood floors now stretch throughout these changed living areas, providing an updated, modern look.
Not only does Phil enjoy change within his home, but in every facet of life. He may have remained with his employer for 27 years, but he has a very simple reason why.
“It’s something different every time I go in,” he said. “The fire department has given me a great job, a great career. Those guys are my second family — they are great.”
Now the need for a change on the home front has reared its head again and the Coopers are out of ideas for altering their lakeside retreat. They have placed their home on the market with an eye on moving...well, anywhere in the city.
“I’m open to whatever,” said the Highland High School graduate. “But I want to stay in Anderson. This is a great community and good things are happening in this city.”
He met his wife over a piece of cake at a wedding in Alabama and wooed her to Anderson from Cincinnati. She teaches fifth grade at Anderson Elementary School.
While the family looks forward to moving, they do feel a tug on their heart strings as they contemplate leaving their neighbors.
“This area is beautiful and our neighbors are excellent people,” said Phil. “We love them.”
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