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Posted October 24, 2012 in Community Featured, Pleasant Hill

Rachael, Reed and Ryan Wilkening enjoy life in their home on Walnut Drive.

The look and feel of this 1967 walk-out ranch home on Walnut Drive is that it has been well taken care of by its owners, Ryan and Rachael Wilkening.

Since the Wilkenings purchased this home, they have showered it with their own creativity and resourcefulness. It’s full of cute ideas, warm paint and stylish home décor upstairs and down. The best part of all this work is that none of it was hired.

They have installed all new windows and added a new roof. The kitchen, hallway and bathroom have new hardwood floors. The kitchen countertops are a dark high-gloss laminate. The red backsplash is the perfect culinary color for this eat-in kitchen.

Their 2-year-old son, Reed, has a boy-blue room with dark blue and green hand-painted turtles.

“My friend and I spent a week painting this room,” says Rachael. “I’ll be sad when he grows out of turtles.”

The basement of the home has been completely gutted and redone. This space is an entire second living room complete with couch, TV, small bar, card table and Reed’s football bouncing off the hardwood floors.

This is also where you’ll find the man cave. This room is meticulously decorated with anything Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NASCAR or baseball. Complete with desk and computer, this is Ryan’s sanctuary.

On the more feminine side of the basement, you’ll find Rachael’s scrapbook table, handmade by her handy husband, of course.

This family of three likes to entertain friends who also have children. They grill, have NFL parties and play in the sandbox in the backyard, which is another reason they like this home. Their backyard is huge. It’s perfect for their two dogs, Rachael’s small flowerbed and a campfire ring.

Every spring and summer of the past five years has been spent working on a major project for this young family. Soon it will be time to sit back and reap the rewards of all their hard work.

“This next spring is the first time we don’t have something major planned,” Rachael says. “It’s nice to finally get to enjoy it now.”

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