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Diamond in the rough

Posted July 02, 2014 in Community Featured, Perry
Ashlee Whitfield and Eric Morman hope to be able to move into their house at the end of summer. Photo by Juli Probasco-Sowers.

Ashlee Whitfield and Eric Morman hope to be able to move into their house at the end of summer. Photo by Juli Probasco-Sowers.

Eric Morman figures he and his fiancée, Ashlee Whitfield, will be able to move into the house he recently purchased at the end of the summer — as long as their renovation is far enough along by then.

The house Eric purchased is not one many people would have chosen. It has sat on the 2300 block of Evelyn Street since the early 1900s and has had no occupants for a number of years.

When the couple first visited the property, he saw the potential. Whitfield didn’t.

“I had to be convinced,” she says. “I had no idea what we were getting into.”

Morman did, however. He grew up in a family where his father is a contractor, as well as his brother.

“My mom and dad bought their first home and fixed it up. My brother is redoing a house now,” he says.

He took possession of the house in February. Morman and his family spent three days gutting the interior and then began the transformation from the old, empty house to what he and Whitfield will call home.

The two-story house originally had three porches, one in the front and two in the back. The renovation will use one of the back porches to increase the living space. Morman has saved some of the wood trim originally in the living room.

“We are keeping the original banister because it matches the woodwork,” Whitfield says. “The trim will help the look flow from the front porch through the living room, into the dining room and then transition into the hallway.”

The master bedroom and bathroom, as well as the kitchen, are off the hallway. Upstairs, there will be two bedrooms and a second bathroom.

He and Whitfield are looking forward to living in the neighborhood.

“There are several reasons I bought the house,” he says. “This is a nice neighborhood. I figure in 10 years if we decide we want to sell, the neighborhood will help the value. I also like the size of the lot. The house sits on what is the equivalent of nearly three lots.”

Morman says he and Whitfield have already been visited by neighbors. One woman brought a big plate of cookies. Others were curious about what is going on.

“People here are very nice,” he says.

Contact Darren Tromblay at 953-4822 ext. 304 or to be featured in a future “Where We Live” column of Perry Living.

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