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Curb appeal

Posted June 18, 2014 in Community Featured, Windsor Heights
Norman Barnes has planted trees, shrubs and flowers to turn his yard on Colby Avenue into a lush paradise. Photos by Rainey Cook.

Norman Barnes has planted trees, shrubs and flowers to turn his yard on Colby Avenue into a lush paradise. Photos by Rainey Cook.

Having been here for 15 years, homeowner Norman Barnes has made this house a home inside and out. For a sharper look, he extended the overhang around the entire house 3 feet. It started as a bare corner lot; there were no trees here. Barnes has planted five trees and added roses, daisies and bushes, to name a few. With gardening as a lifetime hobby, he has plans to do more.

Not only can Barnes grow a fantastic garden, he can also boast his carpentry and welding skills. He built the front cement porch and window boxes. He enclosed the back porch into a beautifully carpeted sitting room with lots of windows.

Beyond this room is the garden that fills his backyard. Tomatoes, corn, beans, squash and raspberries are a few of the things he’s planted thus far this year.

“I give most of it away,” he says. “I don’t can or freeze anymore, and I really just like watching it all grow.”

Meanwhile, inside 6555 Colby Ave., the home still has its 1950s layout with an updated look of décor and furniture. Of course, there are a few projects awaiting their turn for an even more modern change. Barnes plans to update the kitchen and both bathrooms.

047“All of this will go,” he says of the kitchen. “This will all be new this summer.”

Aside from all the work he’s done and plans to do, he likes his Windsor Heights location. He enjoys the quiet of the neighborhood. Oddly, he likes the fact the home has no sidewalks.

“Then I don’t have to shovel snow in the winter,” he says.

Like most people who own a Colby brick home, Barnes loves all the brick. He enjoys the corner lot and likes the challenge and wishful thinking of planting ornamental grasses and knock-out roses by the stop sign for an even more striking curb appeal.

Having moved from 51st Street south of Hickman in Des Moines, Barnes appreciates home ownership here.

“I liked that house and neighborhood, too,” he says. “And now I am at home here in Windsor Heights, and I like it here just as well.”

Would you like your home featured in this column in an upcoming issue of Windsor Heights Living? If so, email Darren Tromblay at darren@dmcityview.com.





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