The desire to remodel an old house is what drew Dyer-Walters Dyer-Walters to Winterset in 1979. But through a chain of events, Dyer-Walters found herself moving from her “old” dream home into her “new” dream home in 2007.
Built in 2006, her beautiful ranch-style home, located at 817 N. Ninth Ave., is not only lovely, it functions as her studio as well. Dyer-Walters is known throughout the area for her wonderful folk art pieces created under the name “Old Parts – New Hearts.”
Her creations greet you at the front door and carry on throughout the entire house. Her lovely tiled entryway opens up into a beautiful great room complete with hardwood floors and a limestone fireplace. This open floor plan is very important to Dyer-Walters.
“I want folks to come in and relax and feel at home,” she says. She achieves this comfort through her eclectic decorating. Her home is furnished with many primitive pieces, some of which she has restored herself as well as vintage items and family heirlooms, one of those being a bench that sits on her front porch.
“It was my grandpa’s bench, and I used to sit on it with him on his porch when I was a little girl,” she says.
The home also has three bedrooms and two baths but really, it’s what’s in the basement that is amazing. When Dyer-Walters was looking for her new home, she needed a large, unfinished basement to serve as her workshop and storage space for all of the wonderful “junk” she collects that ends up as one of her masterpieces. She has tools that would make any woman jealous, and she knows how to use them. Working some days into the wee hours of the morning, Dyer-Walters creates enough to attend approximately 26-plus art shows a year.
After Dyer-Walters purchased her home, she removed hand railing from the front porch to open it up. She also remodeled her back deck and added a patio, which is surrounded by beautiful gardens and lots of fun outdoor furnishings. Future projects include a fireplace remodel and removing carpeting in the bedrooms to be replaced with hardwood floors.
Dyer-Walters has three daughters and five grandchildren. All but one daughter lives in Winterset, so it is especially important for her to make her home inviting and comfortable for family as well as friends. And keeping a watchful eye over Dyer-Walters and her home are Wilbur and Ethel, Dyer-Walters’ two extremely affectionate basset hounds.