HER Home: Hidden Treasures

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Laura and Larry Coen were searching for a ranch style home on one level and they found it in a neighborhood north of Memorial Park.

The house, built in 1956, hadn’t been updated in 30 to 40 years, so the couple modernized it with new paint on the interior and ceramic tile.

“The house had really good bones,” said Laura, a semi-retired administrative assistant and receptionist at First Assembly of God church.

Home-Mag--155-afterVacant for six months, they received a good deal from realtor Alan Mudd and spent two and a half months making improvements, moving in earlier this year in January.

With their eclectic style of antiques mixed with wood pieces and art from their travels to Africa, Brazil and Chile, they kept the built-in wood bookshelves and interlocking plank walls in the dining room.

When they removed the blue carpet in the large living room, they were pleasantly surprised to find original 1¼ inch oak planks of  hardwood.

“That was a real treat for us finding those original hardwood floors that had never been touched or sanded,” said Larry, a teacher at Lighthouse Academy and Columbia College.Home-Mag--144-after

They turned to Dennis Richter and David Groose of Custom Hardwoods to finish the floors in the living room, dining room and master bedroom.

They replaced the linoleum entryway, with ceramic tile in a mosaic pattern that carried through the dining room and the kitchen. They kept the original maple kitchen cabinets but added new hardware along with a High-Definition Formica® laminate countertop and backsplash to add a contemporary look to the kitchen.

The interior walls were painted in neutral colors—gray, creams and whites—that they chose all from Sherwin Williams in Jefferson City, including “Accessible Beige” in the living room and “Believable Buff” in the master bedroom. “Silent Smoke” was used in the hallway and two smaller bedrooms, and “Whiskers” in the kitchen.

Both Laura and Larry picked out the materials from Lowe’s and Menards in Jefferson City.

They turned to Scruggs Lumber’s Assistant Manager Jennifer Gardner to help them turn a screened-in porch into a three-season room by installing Quaker sliding vinyl replacement windows and a custom-sized insulated door. In addition, all the exposed wood was wrapped both inside and on the exterior.

Story by Shelley Gabert | Photography by Julie Smith

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