At home with the Alexan­ders

The Covington News - - Front page - Photo fea­ture by Brit­tany Thomas, bthomas@cov­news.com

Who: Jim and Paige Alexan­der; chil­dren Zack, 17, and Alana, 16; fam­ily dogs Buster, Axel and Cindy The home: Ranch Year built: 1981 The ba­sics: 3 bed­rooms, 2 baths, just un­der 2,500 square feet on a 1.72 acre lot Ameni­ties: Large sun room, fire­place, fam­ily room, din­ing room

Jim’s fa­vorite room: “The kitchen be­cause I have a lot of blood, sweat and tears in there. We tore the kitchen out com­pletely, down to the studs. I re­lo­cated plumb­ing (sink) and ap­pli­ances, changed the win­dow and in­stalled the cab­i­nets my­self, then tiled the back­splash and floors.”

Paige’s fa­vorite room: “I like sev­eral rooms for dif­fer­ent rea­sons. The kitchen be­cause Jim spent so much time on it; the fam­ily room for its high ceil­ing, rock fire­place and rus­tic feel; the sun room and front porch for their pick­led pine ceil­ings.”

Zack’s fa­vorite room: “My room be­cause I can do my own thing with­out be­ing both­ered.”

Alana’s fa­vorite room: “My bed­room be­cause I have been able to dec­o­rate it my­self with paint and fur­ni­ture.”

Why this home: “We chose to move to this area of Newton County mainly to be in a par­tic­u­lar school district. Deerfield Sub­di­vi­sion was at the top of our list due to its es­tab­lished rep­u­ta­tion, ameni­ties and large lots,” Paige said.

Ma­jor ren­o­va­tion projects: “The kitchen was a ma­jor ren­o­va­tion project. Jim tore out the en­tire con­tents: is­land, ap­pli­ances, cab­i­nets and sheetrock. Plumb­ing had to be re-routed to re­lo­cate the sink; a win­dow had to be taken out and re­placed with a dif­fer­ent sized one. It was a ton of work. He did ev­ery bit of it by him­self, ex­cept for the solid sur­face coun­ter­top. We did have that in­stalled. In the mid­dle of the ren­o­va­tion, Jim suf­fered a heart at­tack. That set us back a few weeks, but he re­cov­ered and was able to com­plete the job him­self. We are all pleased with the fi­nal re­sult,” Paige said.

To-do list: “Well, due to the age of our house, many items need im­prov­ing. The next project we would like to tackle is the mas­ter bath. It needs up­grad­ing with a to­tal ren­o­va­tion. The size of the bath is ac­tu­ally large, but we would like new cab­i­netry and to tile the shower, tub sur­round and floor. Other than that, we prob­a­bly won’t do any ex­ten­sive ren­o­vat­ing as we plan to build a new home in the next few years on some land we pur­chased a few months ago,” Paige said.

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