While the exterior of the home boasts 196 feet of water front property, along with a dock where friends and family gather to board the pontoon (a/k/a “cocktail cruiser!”) to get out on the lake, it is the interior of the residence that truly intoxicates the senses. Partnering with contractor Greg Smetanka, Ruth and Tom knew this would be a “roll up your sleeves and wipe the sweat from your brow” endeavor, but they were up to the task and bear no regrets with respect to the end result. “When we met with Greg, we were initially considering just painting over the existing paneling, fix up the bathrooms and the kitchen,” noted Ruth. However, after Ruth learned from her real estate agent that the house previously had an outdoor patio that was enclosed, but later on the windows overlooking that patio were covered with mirrors and subsequently became walls, Ruth’s plans shifted gears. “I wanted to open the walls where the mirrors were,” said Ruth. “And when we opened them up and got behind the paneling to get to the windows, we discovered stone (local limestone from 1929), and as we kept opening it up, stone was revealed on all the main level walls. It quickly escalated to a bigger project at that point.”
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KCH&S July | August 2015
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