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TELL CITY – J.B. and Jayne Land have owned only two homes in their 40 years of married life, both located in Burglen Hills. They moved into their newly constructed home at 83 Gutenberg Lane in the most recently developed section of Burglen Hills in December 2008. Visitors are welcomed by an eye-catching textured driveway, well-manicured lawn and colorful landscaping.
While both J.B. and Jayne individually studied and reviewed numerous house-plan magazines during the planning process, they realized they had both picked out the same house plans, which made for a pleasant construction experience.
Impressive, bright white trim and woodwork against taupe-colored walls are evident in all rooms within the home. Although the Lands chose to steer clear of carpeted flooring in large part because of allergy issues, their design choices resulted in a crisp, clean feel throughout. Custom wide-plank maple wood flooring covers most of the home, with 12-inch tile flooring in the kitchen and bath areas. Consistent with the clean appearance, all windows contain built-in blinds with no window treatments.
The front door opens into an open living space, which includes a dining area, family room, kitchen and breakfast nook. The open living area boasts a large wall of built-in white bookcases displaying family photos and treasures. An electric fireplace is the centerpiece of the bookcase wall. The back of the family room, containing French doors bordered by large windows and a transom-style window overhead, offers ample natural light and view of the outdoors.
The doors open to a covered patio which overlooks a large lawn and serene wooded area surrounding the rear of the home. Sitting on the rear patio provides a feeling of being in the country although the convenience of the city is only a short distance away.
An office is situated to the right off the main entrance and could easily be converted into a bedroom. J.B.’s interest in Ronald Reagan is obvious with the nice display of Reagan books and memorabilia in the office. A powder bath is conveniently located be-hind the office and directly off the open living space.
One wall of the breakfast nook houses an attractive display of 14 Sid Dickens art tiles, with each tile holding special meaning to the Land family. The kitchen contains plenty of cabinetry stained in a light maple chocolate finish, all stainless appliances, and coordinating dark brown countertops.
The bedroom used by the Lands’ grandchildren is situated off the kitchen. Tell City Chair Co. furniture is apparent in the bedroom, with the showpiece being a Tell City Chair Co. corner desk.
The desk was purchased by J.B.’s parents when he was 12 years old. The bedroom contains a large walk-in closet convenient for extra storage. The master bedroom, located on the opposite side of the home, also houses all Tell City Chair Co. furniture.
All of the furniture in the master bedroom represents wedding gifts from family and close friends of the Lands. The eye is drawn to the tray ceiling in the master bedroom.
The master bedroom is complimented by a large massive bath with an impressive walk-in shower encased in tile.
A Holiday House Tour sponsored by the Hoosier Heights Country Club Auxiliary will be held from 1 to 5 p.m., Dec. 4.
Tickets for the tour can be purchased for $10 each by contacting any project committee member: Louann Oberhausen at 547-7563, Karen Kelly at 547-2948, Debbie Elder at 836-4240, Kathy Hammond at 719-0455, Sarah Chinn at 547-5194, Barbara Ewing at 547-2726, Jane Meek at 547-8910 or Jeanne Wittmer at 547-3173.
Tickets will also be available at any of the six homes the day of tour for $12.
Other homes on the tour will be featured in upcoming issues of The News.