"We're not afraid of color," said Timothy, an aspiring interior designer and architect.
Walls throughout the house are shades like turquoise, autumn spice, purple, yellow, green, and red. Additional splashes of color have been added with big area rugs that have been found in a variety of places at bargain prices.
"Next the decks, upper and lower, were extended the entire length of the rear of the house," Steve said. "An engineer was consulted for structural integrity, because the future plan was to build rooms on one-half of the upper and lower decks."
The room on the upper half became a living room with a stone fireplace while the room below became Steve's office. A roof was added over the upper deck. A lower level open deck was then added with a large hot tub, generous seating and a beautiful view of the river.
The lower deck has a grilling area and eating counter with seating for four.
Now located on the upper level of the home are dining room, kitchen, living room, two bedrooms, Vickie's dressing room and even a hair room.
When she said she lacked counter space in the master bathroom for items needed to fix her hair, Steve built what he calls "Vickie's hair room." It extends off the master bath with plenty of counter space as well as cabinets. The bathroom window was removed and a door installed for extending the room onto the upper deck. The master bath was completely redone with new vanity with black marble top, vessel sink, black tub and ceramic tiles.
French doors separate Steve's office from the family room and a nook that serves as a library. With zebra-patterned carpet and Steve's animal photographs on the walls, Timothy notes that the family room is also called "the jungle room." This is where the grandkids like to gather. The area includes a wooden table with four leather chairs (purchased at Big Lots). It's a perfect spot for eating snacks and playing games.
A recent project focused upon the garage doors.
"We wanted to buy a carriage door, but the cost was way too much," Steve said. "So we decided to paint and antique ours, add hardware, faux wooden beams, and clavos (decorative rustic nails). Not carriage doors, but they look great for a fraction of the cost."
While the last four years have been spent building, remodeling and decorating, Steve has declared 2013 as "the year of maintenance."
"The decks need cleaned and stained," he said.
Even with busy schedules, the family has managed to do a huge amount of work. Steve is a professional photographer with the state Division of Commerce. Vickie, a nurse, is cosmetics service line coordinator for Holzer Health System. Timothy will be a senior at St. Albans High School in the fall.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.
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