Third time's the charm

Tragedy strikes and a couple builds their dream home from the ashes


The kitchen is one of the prime hubs for the Pawlaks. From left to right: Mackenzie, Rick, Connie and Madison holding dog Brandi.



A niche in a basement wall turned into the perfect place to display the owners collection of football helmets, which represents all 32 teams of the NFL.

In case of inclement weather, roller doors easily open and close, offering adequate shelter in this pool house until the storm passes.

Rick’s home office is heavily decorated with knickknacks and mementoes, most of which carry a family history or interesting story.



Wanting something more than ordinary drywall, the owners decided to use slate cladding in their master bathroom.

A one-of-a-kind fireplace sits in the dead space of the living room. The mantel tacked just over the fireplace is made of wood taken from a friend’s 180-year-old barn.

Owner Connie peers at the wreckage of the house, one day after it was demolished. The home was destroyed in a fire over Labor Day weekend 2015.



The two-tiered table seen in front of the master bedroom window was the only piece of furniture to survive the 2015 fire that destroyed the owners' home and resulted in this new one.

A variety of fish swim merrily around the large 300-gallon saltwater fish tank in this basement.



Avid Ohio State fans, these owners make sure that they throw a viewing party in the expansive basement whenever their team plays.

A group of people gather around the command center set up by the fire chief. 10 fire stations, 14 fire trucks and the Red Cross were involved.



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