Just 10 short years ago, there was no 11th Street N.W. in Altoona. It was all farm ground. This entire housing development is new.
Todd and Lynn Omundson moved to 11th Street in June of this year. They like that their home is different — it is one of only a few that is red brick. The couple is still enjoying the process of painting, looking at furniture and debating home décor.
So far their paint choices of pizza pie for the kitchen and a green-taupe mix called jute for the living room is very comfortable and warm. The 18-foot ceiling with a stone fireplace makes it feel as if you were at a ski lodge in Aspen.
The couple likes how the kitchen opens to the living room. Their top-of-the-line kitchen appliances shine to match the new granite counter tops and natural maple cupboards. The light hickory floors are the perfect touch of contemporary style and warmth.
“Our oldest daughter is studying interior design, so she and I get to finish decorating the tops of the kitchen cabinets,” says Todd.
Since they brought their two dogs and one cat with them, one of the first things Todd did was build a fence in the backyard. He also put in a cement patio and moved the garden shed. The two small vegetable gardens are surrounded with small stones and are waiting for planting season next spring. Todd also made way for new hostas and day lilies. The backyard maple tree is just a baby now.
The three-stall garage has become Todd’s new downsized man cave. His old shed was much bigger. To accommodate his toys, tools and trinkets, his creativity was much needed here. The previous owner had left a bench that was too low for him. He lifted the entire bench to the ceiling, and now it’s a storage shelf — way up high. The black cupboards are from an old house they once lived in. The antique in the garage is an old science table from a local school.
The Omundson’s red brick home is new and different, the very reason they love it.