As a kid in Louisville, my family lived both near Melbourne Heights Elementary and then later off Browns Lane on Rockwood Drive. I can remember what we used to call the “Pink” building as a landmark. It was finished in 1965 and opened as Lincoln Life in 1966. Now we call this Kaden Towers, or the building where Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is at. During those times 264 was still a 2 lane road with it only going part of the way around the city. Hurstbourne Pkwy was hurstbourne land and just barely a 2 lane road. Now it is a rapid moving 4 lane highway.
When we lived off of Browns Lane there was only tobacco and corn fields behind our home where now stands country clubs, and 1000’s of homes.
The first mall opened in 1961 and that was Mall St Matthews and when it first opened was called simply, “The Mall.” We were so excited when it opened with the fountains and stores. Roses, Kaufman-Straus and yes even an A&P grocery as the anchor stores for The Mall.
These are just a few of the things I remember while living in Louisville the first time.
This was the big city, where we would go to downtown to buy uniforms at Graves Cox and spent all of our waking hours outdoors enjoying ourselves. Each mom had their own way of calling for the kids to come home. My mom’s was to hold two fingers in her mouth and make a real shrill whistle to tell us it was time for dinner.
I hope you have fond memories of when you were growing up as well. Tell someone about it and keep the memories alive.
Living is easy in this charismatic 5BR/4BA custom built home in Cedar Falls. Before entering the home, you will be enticed to spend time on the front porch just looking out at nature’s beauty. Your “WOW” reaction begins at the front door as you enter the open area through the custom designed front door and are greeted by a 2-story foyer and captured by the dramatic double height great room. An abundance of sunlight is emphasized from the double transom windows and 2 sets of French doors. You will enjoy many hours of relaxation in the family room in front of the wood burning fireplace that boasts custom built bookshelves and cabinets on each side. Through the French doors, you will find a covered porch that will surely provide peaceful moments in one’s busy day under its ceiling fan.
The spacious kitchen is a chef’s delight and celebrates the heart of the home. Picture friends sitting around the oversized island visiting as you prepare meals on the multiple granite countertops. You will find plenty of storage in the variegated cabinets. Enjoy of cup of coffee while watching beautiful sunrises and sunsets out the bay window in the dining area of the kitchen. The formal dining room with its crown molding and floor to ceiling windows will absolutely create a festive ambiance while celebrating holidays. The first floor master bedroom is a sanctuary in itself with crown molding and floor to ceiling windows that flows into the master bathroom. The ensuite hosts a double sink vanity with vanity counter, shower and oversized garden tub to enjoy baths, as well as “his” and “her” closets. The first floor laundry/mud room is large and has built-in cabinets, utility sink and area for shoes and coats. The 2nd level has a sitting area on the catwalk that overlooks the great room. There are 4 additional bedrooms linked together with separate Jack and Jill bathrooms. The 3-car garage is perfect for the handyman with its workbench area. You will find generous features in this home including an energy savings Geothermal HVAC system. Come find your peace and tranquility in this home by scheduling your private tour today!
You will not want to miss seeing this spacious 3BR/3.5BA home in the sought out neighborhood of Copperfield. Located on the corner of a cul-de-sac, the beautifully landscaped yard draws you home with manicured burning bushes lining the walk to the porcelain slated front steps. Open the custom designed front door with sidelights to be greeted by a foyer with double closets and a powder room. The living room has a lot of natural sunlight through the floor to ceiling bay windows. Through French doors you will find an open area that hosts a family room with sectioned beam ceilings and eat-in kitchen. You will enjoy many hours of relaxation in the family room in front of the gas fireplace that boasts custom built bookshelves and cabinets on each side.
Another set of French doors lead you to an oversized deck. Picture friends sitting around the breakfast bar visiting as you prepare meals. The kitchen has a Palladium window, recessed lighting, a built-in planning desk and bay window. Enjoy many holiday celebrations in the formal dining room’s festive atmosphere as you immediately notice the double tray patterned ceiling, dentil molding and floor to ceiling bay window. The master bedroom envelops you with warmth and security with its layout and gas fireplace and vaulted ceilings. The room is a home in itself with both a sitting room and separate room that can be used as an office or nursery! The sitting room with a vaulted ceiling, recessed lighting and skylight offers solitude as you unwind after one’s busy day. Off the sitting room you will find a huge walk-in closet with a skylight. The bedroom also connects to a separate room that features a Palladium window and built-in window seats on each side and can be used as an office. The master bath has a Jacuzzi tub, double vanity, recessed lighting and vaulted ceiling. There are two other spacious bedrooms on the 2nd level and a hall bathroom with double vanities. You will find ample room to entertain in the partially finished walkout basement. Featured is a gas fireplace, built-in cabinet with electrical outlets for a television and entertainment needs, recessed lighting, wainscoting and French doors that lead to a patio. You will also find a full bathroom and storage area. This home also has a 3-car garage with tall ceilings. Perfectly located minutes from the Gene Snyder, shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Schedule your private showing today and come see for yourself!
You will not want to miss seeing this 3BR/2.5BA home in pristine condition in the sought out neighborhood of Indian Falls. Off the covered front porch, enter the home through a front door with sidelights to be greeted by beautiful hardwood and tiled flooring that will lead you into a spacious open floor plan. The living room has vaulted ceilings and an abundance of sunlight through its transom windows. The formal dining room will absolutely create a festive ambience to celebrate holidays. The great room offers many hours of relaxation in front of the fireplace while overlooking the fenced in private back yard. Picture friends sitting around the Island visiting as you prepare meals in the large eat-in kitchen that boasts multiple granite countertops and cabinet space.
The master bedroom envelops you with warmth and security with its vaulted ceilings and decorative cutouts. The master bathroom has a custom tiled glassed shower with upgraded fixtures, garden tub and double vanity. There are two additional bedrooms on the 2nd level. The loft area offers an area for recreation or an office. The basement is partially finished and you will find plenty of room to entertain your friends. Host cookouts and gatherings on the deck off the great room or simply sit and unwind after a long day. In addition, the homeowners association includes park like areas and a subdivision pool for your use. Only minutes from shopping, entertainment and restaurants, this home is priced just right.
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Weekends are meant for coaching a youth soccer team to victory, chopping your way through “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” or training for a 5K to help save the pandas — not working your way through a tedious, 30-item maintenance checklist. But then, taking care of the home you love is important, too.
So how do you have your fun and keep a well-maintained home?
It’s simple: Just be mindful of your home. You don’t need a rigid maintenance list. (They work best for Type A people anyway.) Instead, train your senses to warn you of these problems, and then act ASAP:
If your clothes and your dryer are super, super hot or, conversely, your dryer is taking longer to dry, you could have a clogged lint vent, a leading cause of house fires. “Sometimes the dryer connection will wiggle loose going to the outside, causing all sorts of issues with lint,” says Jeff Devlin, licensed contractor and host of DIY Network’s “Stone House Revival” and “I Hate My Bath.” Heat and packed lint make the perfect recipe for fire. To defuse that combination:
You can also hire a pro to do it.
Your nose knows what’s normal in your home. “If you go into a room and it smells musty, there’s something going on,” says Frank Lesh, executive director of American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). When you smell that mildew-y smell, you know you’ve got a problem, he says. What kind of problem? Read on.
Mold and mildew are the banners for moisture, your home’s No. 1 enemy. If you see them, you know moisture has broken through your home’s defenses and is bringing reinforcements. Find out where the water source is and eradicate it ASAP. Moisture is like cancer to a home. If you don’t catch it early, it will eat away at your home’s very structure, causing major damage to its foundation, walls, floors, and ceilings.
You get it now. Water = bad. So even a faint water stain should light a fire under you. Zero in on the source before moisture can settle into your home’s bones. A water stain on the ceiling could signal a leak in your roof, or if it’s under a bathroom it could be a pipe that’s leaking. Stain under a window? Your window may need caulking.
Showering in water up to your ankles defeats the purpose. “A clean drain is a healthy drain,” says Devlin. If your drain makes odd noises and takes foreeeeeeever, you could be at risk of a sewer backup, which is not only a moisture issue, but one that ranks high on the stinky scale. If you’re lucky, it could be a simple clog, but either way it might be a good idea to put your plumber’s number in your cellphone’s favorites list.
The pitter-patter of tiny rodent footsteps is enough to send shivers down your spine — and can quickly multiply into a mini stampede. One couple found out the hard way.
“We found that a squirrel had taken up residence in the attic and was chewing through electrical wires,” says David Bowers. By the time he and his partner, Sharon Bowers, (BTW, they co-authored “The Useful Book: 201 Life Skills They Used to Teach in Home Ec and Shop”) got around to calling a pro, an entire squirrel family (with more on the way!) had settled in to dine on those wires — a costly fix that was also a fire hazard.
If you hear unwanted visitors, evict them quickly, then block the entry they used. With squirrels, it might be an overgrown tree limb, which they use to jump onto your roof and then slip through a hole under roof flashing or rotting fascia, or an open window. For smaller pests, keep in mind they can come in through the tiniest of holes. (Mice can squeeze through a dime-sized opening.)
You may love the smell and sound of rain, but when it’s cascading off your gutters in torrents instead of traveling neatly through them … well, remember those warnings about moisture? Cleaning the gutters is home maintenance 101 for good reason. “It can lead to exterior damage, as well as water damaging the foundations,” says Bowers. If you spot a gutter clog, clear it. You’ll be happier for it. It’s probably the best thing you can do to protect your home.
Originally posted with HouseLogic.
New backsplash? You’ve done it. Upgrading a faucet? No problem. You’re a DIY master. But what about that electrical issue? Or fixing a leaky roof? Even though you (and your BFF, YouTube) have pulled off many DIY projects, you know there are projects you’ve no business trying on your own. But what about those projects that fall somewhere in between “I got this” and “I’m calling the pros”? How can you know if a project is really DIYable for you?
For Lucas Hall, finding that answer has been trial and error. As a “DIY landlord” for more than two years and founder of Landlordology, an online resource for landlords, he’s gutted three homes and renovated countless others.
“I’m just handy enough to be dangerous,” Hall says.
He’s suffered more than his fair share of DIY disasters, and with each, he’s learned a valuable lesson about his own limits, as well as how he can do better next time.
When Hall updated a tiny kitchen in one of his rentals, he installed a brand-new, expensive fridge — and then built a peninsula countertop extension.
“We thought it was the greatest idea,” he says. But adding the peninsula narrowed the space in front of the refrigerator, making it impossible to remove without lifting it entirely up and over the extension. (Ever tried to lift a fridge?)
“I’m just praying the fridge doesn’t die on me, because I’m going to have to hire four or five burly guys to get it out,” Hall says. “Or just Sawzall the thing in half.”
DIY lesson: Measure once, measure twice, measure again, and think through every possible scenario before changing a room’s layout.
Speaking of kitchen appliances: Hall was looking for an island range hood, which can be extra-expensive because it needs to be attractive from all angles. Dismayed by the prices he found elsewhere online, he went to Amazon, where he found an $800 hood on sale for about $250.
“Of course, it was from a brand we hadn’t really heard of,” Hall says.
Less than a year after installation, the hood was on the fritz. Removing the appliance was a challenge. The electrical wiring needed to be redone, and the wall needed to be drywalled, requiring a professional contractor.
“It probably cost me three-fold to fix my mistake,” says Hall. “For any appliance that’s more complicated than plugging it in and rolling it into place, upgrade and buy something that’s not going to break on you within a year.”
DIY lesson: For any DIY project, the cheapest option, from materials to appliances, should raise a red flag.
Hall is no electrician, but since he’d done some minor electrical work before, he figured the job of adding a dimmer switch would be no big deal.
“We hung a chandelier in the dining room, and figured you might want to dim this giant chandelier for a relaxing candlelit dinner,” says Hall. Because the space had switches at both entrances, he added a dimmer to both — the more the merrier, right?
“After four hours spent blowing circuits and lightbulbs and struggling to get this chandelier to dim correctly, we called the manufacturer,” Hall says. Spoiler alert: You just can’t have two dimmer switches for one circuit.
A dimmer works by modulating the amount of electricity flowing through the circuit; adding another causes chaos. A little research would’ve indicated the second dimmer switch was a no-no.
“It just flips out,” says Hall. “It doesn’t know how much dimming should be happening. The lights were flickering like a poltergeist.”
DIY lesson: No one blames you for not being a specialist, but any time you’re taking on a specialty project make sure to do your research first or consult a pro.
Holidays might be a great time to tackle minor DIY projects, but if you’re working on anything that could require a professional if things go south, consider waiting for a normal business day.
“I was trying to get a property ready to rent,” says Hall. “Time is money. It was the Fourth of July … and I was adding a new cabinet [in the bathroom].”
It sounds easy enough, but the unit was in a condo building with a centralized water system; there wasn’t a water shut-off valve for just that bathroom. Not wanting to shut down the water for the entire building on July Fourth, he decided to risk it.
And oh, what a risk it turned out to be. When trying to loosen a pipe, the whole thing broke off. It was rusted out. Water sprayed out so hard, it hit him in the chest. After rushing to the basement, he flipped every knob he found until the water shut-off.
“Luckily my property was on the first floor and the basement was a laundry room, because water was leaking through the floor, destroying drywall,” Hall says.
Being a holiday, the rest of the day was no less of a disaster. The condo association’s emergency line sent him a plumber who was angry to be missing his holiday events and drinking as he tried to fix the problem. Sloppy work resulted in a fire — in a building with no water.
“He runs to my fridge and starts grabbing anything liquid — milk, a bottle of Sprite, cans of beer,” Hall recalls. “He’s dumping water into the middle of the wall, punching holes in it, trying to find the fire.”
DIY lesson: Always do tricky DIY projects when you know a pro — a pro you trust — can help out in a hurry.
Originally posted with HouseLogic.
Appreciate luxurious living in this impressive home in Briar Hill Estates. You will find many hours of solitude and peace on its one acre of treed land. Enter the home through the custom designed front door with palladium window to be greeted with a living room boasting cathedral ceilings that opens into the family room. The family room welcomes you with cathedral ceiling complimented with two skylights and recessed lighting and a wall with floor to ceiling windows and gorgeous double palladium window and French doors leading to the sunroom. You will spend hours reading a book in front of the wood-burning fireplace built with creek rock. The sunroom has a ceiling fan and offers a magnificent view of the nature’s stunning beauty.Enjoy many holiday celebrations in the formal dining room’s festive atmosphere as you immediately notice attention to the double trey ceiling and floor to ceiling windows. The eat-in kitchen is a gourmet chef’s dream. Picture friends sitting around the oversized island visiting as you prepare meals. Featured are custom designed Cherry cabinets, Silestone countertops, backsplash, bar sink in island, custom designed planning desk, recessed lighting, skylight and cathedral ceiling in the breakfast area, as well as palladium window and sliding glass doors leading to the sunroom. Begin each day with a cup of coffee looking at nature’s supremacy through the wall of windows in the sunroom. You can also gain access to the two levels of decks that stretch across the back of the home. There is a huge laundry room with custom designed cabinets including a built-in rod for hanging your clothes and plenty of counter space and utility sink. The master bedroom envelops you with warmth and security under its double trey ceiling. The master bathroom has a double vanity and Jacuzzi corner tub. The remaining 3 bedrooms are large in nature with big closets. Wait until you see the finished walkout basement and its many areas for entertaining. There is a bedroom, full bathroom, workout/office, and an enormous family room with fireplace and recessed lighting. You will only to need to walk across the room for a beverage at the wet bar. French doors lead you to an oversized patio great for hosting cookouts and gatherings. Equipped with central vacuuming and upgrades, this home has more features and details than words can describe. We invite you to take a private tour and see this impeccably maintained home and its peaceful, easy living. Call today.
Offering a unique lifestyle with all of the comforts of luxury in this secluded 5BR/6.5BA home in Anchorage. Immediately upon entering the home you will be amazed by the precise attention given to intricate details in the extra wide dentil and crown molding, and wainscoting, as well as gleaming hardwood floors. To the left of the foyer is a sunken parlor/office with recessed lighting, hand-tooled built-in bookshelves and double pocket doors for privacy that open into the massive great room. The cathedral ceilings, palladium window, skylights and wall of windows across the back of the home will bring nature inside. A beautiful gas fireplace will invite you to sit in front of a fire and read your favorite book from one of the many shelves of the built-in bookcase. Wait until you see
see the gourmet kitchen with its copper roof gazebo style breakfast area with crank-out windows. A chef’s delight is the state-of-the-art kitchen. Picture friends sitting around the oversized breakfast bar with double sided cabinets as you prepare meals with the Monogram/Advantum appliances. Featured is tall beautiful Butterscotch Cherry cabinets that boast glass fronts, recessed lighting, large walk-in pantry, patterned tile backsplash and large Antique Ivory colored island. You will love celebrating holidays in the festive ambience of the formal dining room with its glass inset for a side table, ceiling to floor transom window, dentil molding and trey ceilings. There is also a powder room and double sized laundry room with built-in cabinets and utility sink. There is a masterfully designed addition on the first level that includes an elevator shaft and can be used as a mother-in-law suite. The living room offers a gas fireplace with floor to ceiling double windows, dentil molding, recessed lighting and entrance to a deck. An efficiency area with black granite countertop, antique white cabinets, and bar refrigerator can be found in the suite. The bathroom is memorable with its gorgeous marble flooring, glassed shower with steamer and body wash jets, Jacuzzi tub and extended custom designed vanity with built-in cabinets and drawers. It is absolutely stunning. The bedroom has transom double pane floor to ceiling windows with recessed lighting and intricate crown molding. There is an additional room that can be used as a closet where conduit is installed to accommodate an elevator. Washer and dryer hookup can also be found. There are back stairs leading to the basement and 2nd level. The large master bedroom envelops you with warmth and security with its layout of the sitting area and vaulted ceilings. The ensuite has extended granite countertops, custom designed cabinets and drawers, skylight, Jacuzzi, walk-in shower and linen closet. The 2nd bedroom is large and has a walk-in closet. A Jack-n-Jill bathroom links the 3rd and 4th bedroom together. The 4th bedroom has a Cedar closet. The hall bathroom hosts a double vanity with cabinets and drawers. Additionally, there is an enormous bonus room with full bathroom attached. You reach the basement from either of the 2 staircases in the home. Featured in the basement is a family room with gas fireplace, conduit in place for a projector screen, crank out windows and a kitchen with Corian countertops and custom designed cabinets. The full bathroom has a tiled shower. Entertain your guests in the game room.
The extensive outdoor living space is a retreat from the hustle and bustle of life. Listen to the soothing waterfall flow into the Koi fishpond from the two fountains that provide an ambience of peace and tranquility as you unwind after a busy day. Grill your favorite dish on the oversized deck with built-in seating. Enjoy a cold beverage under the enclosed covered porch that has a ceiling fan and recessed lighting. There is a 3-car garage with side entry. You will find generous features in this home including intercom system throughout the home, central vacuuming, 2 sump pumps, radon system, selective area generator, irrigation system and Spray System instead of sewers. A superb residence in every respect that is located on a tree lined street. We invite you to take a private tour and see this impeccably maintained home and its peaceful, easy living. Call today.