Carmen: Do you remember when you guys had the plans drawn up?
Bea: So, we were popping at the seams of the little house when some close friends of ours bought these lots that the house is now on. They had an architect design them a home and it was incredibly elaborate. They finally got the bid and said no way! So, they sold us the lot and gave us the plans. We thought we could just pull all the basics out of the plans and build it from there, but it was still an astronomical cost. So, we found the existing plans in the Atlanta Paper. It was so close to what we wanted so we bought the plans.
Carmen: So, you found the plans in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution? Wow! If you look here at the plans, you can see all the changes that were made. Did you and your husband pick out the changes to be made.
Bea: No, our builder told us what changes could be made! He was quite an authority, so he said how we could have it. But, I insisted on having the door to section off the lobby! My husband would come home during the day from surgery and would need to rest undisturbed, but I would have my bridge club there or my kids would be running around, so he needed some space.
Carmen: Now what did you all use that large bonus room for?
Bea: That was the pool room! We had a large pool table and I had leaves fitted to turn it into a dining table and we would entertain. We would feed the world! On Christmas Eve my husband would go to the hospital and find anyone who didn’t have a place to be and bring them home for dinner. The Oxfords, who live across the street, and our family would host Christmas Eve dinner. We would have at least 25 people almost every Christmas and most of the time I would meet many of them until that night! My husband just loved to talk and once everyone was around that table they couldn’t get up until dinner was over so he could sit and talk to his heart’s content! But he was very interesting and smart and had lots to say!
Carmen: Well it really is a small world; I was speaking at a Garden Club in Atlanta recently and I shared that we had bought a house in Thomaston. Afterwards, this lady came and told me her husband was from Thomaston. It turns out that her husband’s family are the ones who originally bought this plot of land before they sold it to you! She called her husband, who was performing surgery and said, you have to hear this story!