Palatial house remodeling project

Builder - Mozart Construction , Furniture and accessories - Trudy Waterworth

Written by: Abby Weingarten

Guests often refer to it as “The Howard Hotel”—the elegant Plant City residence of Krista and Steve Howard. With its massive crown molding, gilded backsplashes, crystal accents and ornate chandeliers, this house remodeling project has resulted in a home that is both castle-like and traditional. Still, it retains enough eclectic, unexpected elements to make it one-of-a-kind and fun.

 “It was such a beautiful house already and had so much potential,” says Trudy Waterworth, a designer for Annabelle’s Fine Furniture in Odessa, who worked on the Howard project and contributed remodeling ideas from conception to execution. 

The home contains about 8,000 square feet of space, with six bedrooms, six bathrooms, a built-in movie theater and a vast kitchen. The structure itself was initially built in 2001 on two acres of land, and while the Howards lived in the adjacent pool house during the remodel, they ordered a total overhaul. 

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