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Enjoy these exclusive photos from 1974 to present. See these extreme before and
after pics of this incredible transformation that took place over the last 30 years!

This photo indicates that the position of
the front door is in the exact location. This
gives you an idea of the expansion of the
house.

This picture was taken the first day we purchased our
home in 1974. At that time we had no idea what was
about to take place over the next several years.

At this time we feel we are completed with the front look of
our home. This is the view of the house today. Dec. 2004

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To get the look we wanted with the
balcony we had to omit the ceiling, dry
wall the entire area for an outside open
wilderness effect.

After taking a photograph of a stormy, cloudy day,
Tom Maddalena , a local artist, and myself hand
painted this scene on the ceiling. Five coats of
different colored paints were used to complete this
breathtaking artwork.

After research I contacted Effects International
who specialized in reproduction by using foam. A
Disney artist took measurements and sculptured
this rock formation. This is the finished effect.

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To carry the look of the living room we wanted this bull elk protruding out of a rock crevace. For a
background 6 similar 8' x 10' murals were used to complete the wilderness scene.

When I first started to reconstruct this home I could never get use to square entrances. So I had an idea of
creating 7 foot circular entrances. In the left side picture the doorway to the right was once our old 6 x 10
kitchen now converted to an 8 x 75 foot pirate's cave leading to the pool and jungle area. The door you see
is still in the same position and is the guest bath.

This area was once the south bearing wall of the house..A large room was added to the back of this wall,
also butted up to the garage,This wall was taken out completely and this 2 foot stone wall was put in it's
place with a step-down living room. What a drastic change as Miriam wanted a jungle living room.

The picture on the right is the construction to this
18 x 22 foot kitchen.

This kitchen ensemble is a one of a kind that Hotpoint
 designed. In 1978 I was fortunate to have purchased
this beautiful set but had to bring all of the sections  
in before the walls were constructed. So as it turns
out this 10 section kitchen just fit in perfect like a
puzzle. Everyone likes the spacious island look.

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In 1975 this giant oak tree was dropped on the back
of our house due to a tornado which forced us to
rebuild. First by adding the 75 foot cave which you
saw earlier in these pictures. The following four
pictures are the results of the 7 difficult years of
construction adding on 10 rooms.  

      Miriam and I knew before we started this 10 room addition that we wanted a 50's room. In picture #2 a
cement slab was poured and the car was rolled on this slab and is still in the same position today as it
was in this picture. Then construction began. I can't begin to tell you how difficult it was when someone
constructs 10 rooms simultaneously. I hired a company to assemble the framing and outside walls but the
interior was done by Miriam and myself and the help of friends. You can't see by these pictures the detail
of the exterior in picture #4. This was all done with a very small air brush gun that features the jungle of
banana tree leaves in a large collage that extends the whole length of the back of the house.
      Hope you have enjoyed this visual tour of how it began. I would like to thank each and every one of
you who have helped put together our dream home. It has truly been an exciting and pleasurable
experience. Thank you so much.

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2 foot Stone Wall

I can't tell you how disappointed we were with this
terrible tiny kitchen. This project began when a
tornado dropped a huge oak tree on the back of the
house and did a lot of damage to this area. The east
wall you are looking at became the cave. The south
wall was the beginning of construction to this
massive space age kitchen.

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