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Couple’s enjoyment of outdoor living space enhanced by second addition in Shadeland

A 336-square-foot addition gave Carole Grant and Chuck DeVinney’s 60s ranch in Shadeland the finishing touch it needed.

“The whole place was too small,” said Carole. “We had lived in another house on Old Dobbin and then we found this one, and we said, ‘Perfect! This is our house. This is where we’re gonna stay.’”

Chuck and Carole waited a couple of years before starting renovations at 619 Raintree. “We wanted to live in it first to see what we really wanted,” Carole explained. They figured out they wanted a larger kitchen and family room, an office, and a half-bath, plus an outdoor living area.

Carole drew up the plans. Philip Conrad of Conrad Construction Company tweaked them and built exactly what the couple envisioned—only better.

As sometimes happens, the new part makes the old part looks even worse. “The old bedroom looked so small and disproportionate after the renovation that took place during phase one,” Carole said. “We knew we wanted to do this, but we had to wait for Philip. He had other jobs and couldn’t get to us. We wouldn’t consider hiring anyone else. He’s more meticulous than I am, and that’s saying a lot.”

Yet again, everything went according to plan, thanks to Conrad and project manager/designer Missy Brady. “I designed the whole thing, but I needed Philip and Missy to help with the final layout,” Carole said.

She and Chuck couldn’t be happier with the results. The bathroom features a soaking tub and a marble and porcelain tile glass-enclosed shower. Custom recessed paneling, which was Conrad’s idea, surrounds the tub and abuts the shower. In the opposite corner, a quartz vanity with double square bowls flank a central storage tower.

The closet, which may be entered from the hallway and the bathroom, has custom shelving and a washer and dryer, one of the couple’s favorite features.

In the 16-foot-by-21-foot bedroom, the vaulted ceiling mimics those in the family room and porch. Three cedar beams extend from the apex to further define the space. Oak floors stained soft gray complement pale blue-green walls. Double Andersen patio doors slide open to the new courtyard and connect to the outdoor living area.

While the most recent addition provides the calm, serene environment the empty nesters were striving for, it also adds to their enjoyment of the outdoor living space, which includes a freestanding fireplace and a professionally landscaped back yard.

“This house was built in 1963, and there was nothing in the backyard except one tree when we bought it in 2013,” Carole recalled. “It was weird.”

Today, the yard is the perfect backdrop for the glammed up outdoor living area only a few steps from their bedroom. Important, because as Chuck says, “It’s where we live and entertain when the weather’s nice, especially on game days.”

“We have friends over to watch the game, and you can hear the stadium from here,” Carole added. “ We know when there’s a touchdown before it’s on tv because of the delay.”

When it’s too cold to watch tv outside, Chuck and Carole go to Plan B: the newly finished basement, which has a family room, bathroom, a tv, and a wood-burning fireplace. “We come down here and snuggle up to the tv,” Carole said.

What’s next on the list? “We’re done,” Chuck said. “There’s nothing else to do. We did all of this. We did the roof. We did the driveway. All that’s left is cutting the grass.”

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