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Comfortable Colby

Posted August 20, 2014 in Community Featured, Windsor Heights
Eclectic musician Carroll Bennink at home with his baby grand. Photos by Rainey Cook.

Eclectic musician Carroll Bennink at home with his baby grand. Photos by Rainey Cook.

A  particular style of Colby brick ranches in Windsor Heights is intelligently designed. With all four bedrooms and bathrooms on one side of the home, kitchen and living room areas on the opposite and a full finished basement, this home boasts a full 2,200 square feet. With a two-car attached garage, original hardwood floors, plenty of mature trees and a pool in the backyard, the home is easily anyone’s envy.

Homeowner Carroll Bennink has been living in this late 1950s beauty since 1997. It’s amazing how time flies, Bennink admits, as it doesn’t seem as though it’s been that long.

“I find this home very comfortable,” Bennink says. “It’s laid out very well.”

He’s added the amazing pool in the back as his respite. It’s the only place where he can truly relax and not think of the list of things that need to be done. The mature trees, lush greens of perennials and bulbs that maintain themselves make it private. Several seating areas are perfect for many guests. Sunken two feet into the ground, the pool’s deck surrounds its perimeter.

The extended kitchen, half bath and family room are also new to the home. With tile floors, Bennink’s well-thought-out plan of grandchildren’s wet feet from the pool was smart. Accustomed to wood-burning fireplaces in past older homes, Bennink missed the ambiance of the fire, but not the mess. The new gas fireplace sits in the family room adjacent the kitchen.

For fun, Bennink belongs to a wine group that hosts fancy potlucks in everyone’s homes. Such potluck themes have included the tastes of Caribbean, French and Southern dishes. Bennink hosted an Hawaiian potluck with a pineapple theme, and, like everyone’s home, plenty of wine.

055When not working, doing laps in his pool or enjoying a glass with friends, you can find Bennink at his 6.5-foot baby grand piano. An eclectic musician, Bennink’s tastes vary from Bach, anything from the 1940s, pop rock and even progressive country. When he sits at his piano, it’s a perfect fit.

Otherwise, this Colby brick is so well built its incredibly quiet on the inside. With new triple-pane glass windows and insulation in the ceilings, it’s easy to see why Bennink enjoys the peace of his home.

“This neighborhood is safe, friendly and quiet, too,” he says. “It’s very peaceful here, and everything is so beautifully manicured.”

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