EDGEWOOD — After living and working in Indianapolis for 20 years, the eyes of Brian Browning turned back to his home of Madison County. In the market for a house suitable for retirement (even though that will be years in the future), he knew Edgewood was the place for him.
“Edgewood was the only place I wanted to buy property,” said Brian, a clinical lab scientist at the Indiana Blood Center. “The houses are of an older style and there are plenty of mature trees. There are smaller homes and bigger homes and it’s just a beautiful place to live.”
After watching the market for six months to find a ranch home with no basement, he spotted the perfect residence.
“I fell in love with it,” he said. “It was just what I wanted. I put in an offer the next day and was very fortunate to get it.”
Since he had lived in several locations – and had his own home in Indianapolis – he knew exactly what features were crucial and what could be easily altered.
“The structure was in excellent condition,” he said. “I knew I would want to change some of the cosmetics to place my own signature on the house. I like to blend old and new so I kept a lot of the original features and just added my own touch.”
Browning repainted almost all of the rooms, installed new tile and granite countertops in the kitchen, refashioned all the landscaping and pulled up a great deal of carpet.
“I was so happy to find hardwood floors underneath the carpet,” he added. “Of course they had to be sanded and restored, but they look great and I love them.”
Sister helped out
The living room is a tribute to his past. Reared on a farm near Alexandria, Browning raised quarter horses and showed them all over the state of Indiana. Above his mantle is a striking painting of a horse, while statues of horses are littered about the room – as are pieces with Southwestern flair.