Finishing Touches

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Spreckelsville home
The bedroom daughter Christina lobbied for is now a guest suite with its own bathroom and entrance, but the room retains her touches. She made the wooden tray on top of the bench (a T.J. Maxx score) and bought the fur pillow while traveling in South Africa. The end tables are vintage; Christina and her sisters refurbished them. Mom Elsa found the lamp at Target, and ordered the macramé wall hanging and rug through Amazon. The floors are Brazilian cherry.

Nine months later, Roger, Elsa, and their three young daughters, Christina, Lisa and Kimberly, moved into the not-quite-finished house. Roger made sure his family could live there comfortably as he and his crew wrapped things up; a few rooms still needed flooring, cabinetry, interior doors, tile and trim work.

And a few weeks later, it was done. Well, sort of.

The first of many changes came in 2003, when Roger designed and built a backyard pool, along with a detached woodworking shop. That same year, Christina petitioned for a fourth bedroom so she wouldn’t have to continue to bunk with her younger sister. Roger says it didn’t take a lot of arm-twisting; he was eager to tackle another project.

In 2015, the Warks extended the entryway to create a roomy foyer, and replaced a rear, lānai-facing picture window and single French door with sixteen-foot-wide maple-wood sliders with accompanying screen doors (to keep marauding mosquitoes at bay on muggy evenings).

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