By Karin Glendenning
Community News Writer
Shawnee and Rick Ward moved into a new home in Soddy-Daisy just a few months ago and are loving the privacy offered by their location at the very end of their subdivision. The house backs up to several acres of woods that the Wards own, ensuring they will never have someone living in their backyard.
A two story brick structure with a full, but unfinished, basement, the house follows a Frank Betts’ house plan, said Mrs. Ward. The reason she chose the particular layout was because it is great for entertaining and also because it has a master bedroom on the main floor with the children’s bedrooms upstairs.
“When the kids were little, we wanted them close by, but now that they are older and have lots of company, it’s nice for them to be on the other side of the house,” Mrs. Ward said. “That way we don’t hear their music.”
Sixteen-year-old Whitney and 14 -year-old Jackson have rooms that most young people would absolutely love. Jackson, who attends Loftis Middle School and is a big Georgia Bulldog fan, chose gray for his walls and a red bedspread emblazoned with the UGA mascot. More Georgia memorabilia is spread among the trophies in his room. Even the shower curtain in his bath features his favorite team. A den near his room provides him space for relaxing and a spot used in sleep-overs.
Whitney, a rising junior at Soddy-Daisy High School, has the large space over the garage, usually a bonus room, for her bedroom. Her computer area is separated from her bedroom by a curtain of bamboo chains, tinted hot pink, a harbinger of the colors beyond in the bedroom. Both rooms have chocolate brown walls and pink and orange accents. The bed, chest and tables are painted white, fabrics on a futon and a round bamboo chair are tie-dyed pink and orange. The bedding uses all three colors in geometric prints and solids, pulling the room together.
On the main floor of the house are a formal dining room, great room with vaulted ceiling, master bedroom and bath, two half baths, laundry room, kitchen, breakfast area and keeping room. A deck across the back may be reached via either the master bedroom or the breakfast area, and a covered porch pens off the keeping room, both providing lots of outdoor space for the family.
The kitchen is Mrs. Ward’s favorite room, with its granite counters, cinnamon-stained cabinets, a beige tile floor and stainless appliances. “I love to cook and wanted to have a big kitchen,” Mrs. Ward said. A feature she especially likes is the combination microwave/convection oven that allows her to quickly cook frozen meat.
The keeping room, adjoining the kitchen has a stacked stone fireplace with a recessed space over the mantle that holds a television. The furniture here is upholstered in a floral print, creating what Mrs. Ward calls a “shabby chic” look. She said she spends most of her time in this room.
The dining room and great room are both open to the entry and have lots of windows, letting the outside in. “I added as many windows as possible,” said Mrs. Ward, who is pleased with the effect. The great room has a leather sofa, recliner and love seat and has a big-screen TV in an entertainment center. “This is where my husband and son watch ESPN,” she said.
A large sitting room is at one end of the master bedroom and has windows that look out to the sloping backyard. A large master bath adjoins this area.
The Wards are still in the process of landscaping their property. “We wanted to have a small front yard and for the back and sides to be pretty maintenance free,” said Mrs. Ward. “We don’t have much time to work in the yard because the kids are so involved.” With Whitney a cheerleader at SDHS and Jackson and his dad involved in dirt bike racing, Mr. and Mrs. Ward are busy most weekends.
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