Home remodeling ideas with familiar roots

Architect - Joe Brown , Designer - Robert Lucke Remodeling , Landscape Architect - Steve Lichtenberg

Written by: Karen Bradner

Whether it was over the river, through the woods, around the block, or a several hour drive away, those of us who were lucky enough to spend chunks of our childhood at grandparents’ homes often cherish the memories of a happy, simpler time.

So when Karyn Dyehouse, a single mother with two young children, was looking for a safe and pleasant place to raise her kids, she kept an eye on one particular area in Sycamore Township.

“I basically grew up in this neighborhood. My grandparents lived one street over from here,” Karyn says. “When a house came up for sale I jumped.”

Even though the late 1950s two-story house needed some work and the mortgage would be a challenge initially, Karyn felt strongly that she was making the right move. The location held plenty of perks: great schools, easy access to Ronald Reagan Highway and downtown, an abundance of shopping options nearby, and one big draw—Karyn’s mother now lived in what used to be her grandparents’ house.


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