ANDERSON — When Michelle Connell first stepped foot in her prospective home, nothing was cosmetically to her liking – but she fell in love anyway. Seeing past the color schemes, the wallpaper and the accents, she looked to the bones of the house and bought it immediately.
“I already had it redecorated in my head,” said Michelle, clinical liaison for Countryside Manor and Rawlins House. “I knew what I could do with it. We totally gutted it and put in all new carpet, paint, light fixtures, tile and a furnace.”
Not only does Michelle have a natural flair for decorating, she and her husband, John, had renovated four other houses together. With that much practice, her honed eye saw the finished product long before her loved ones did.
“My friends came over and looked around and asked if I knew what I was doing,” she said with a laugh. “As soon as I stepped into the family room, I could see what I wanted it to be. I’m all about light and there was so much light coming into this room.”
Helping her achieve her vision, John is capable of tackling most of the skilled jobs needed to transform the space into a dream.
“He does all the electrical work and installs tile perfectly,” said Michelle. “He can do about anything. He even made the leaded glass in the front door. That’s one of the first things we did in every house – trade out the steel front door for a wooden one with glass.”
John’s beautiful artwork greets visitors at the entrance and then continues to follow them throughout the home. His attention to detail is striking and evident in all his additions.
“My favorite project is laying ceramic tile,” said John, recently retired as fleet manager for Anderson City Garage. This work, added to his years as a firefighter and a policeman, tallies 39 years working for the city. “Tiling is the hardest job to do but very satisfying.”