The Roanoker - January/February 2018 - 48
From 1960s to Modern Day
The Garrison-style home only needed a
few updates and lots of love.
Swanky New Kitchen
New appliances and cabinets, plus an adorable breakfast
nook, make this kitchen renovation perfection.
lost her southern
drawl while living in
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every time she
talks with the locals
where she lives in
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WHO DID IT?
Reico Kitchen & Bath
340 Apperson Drive, Salem, VA 24153
"It is my Zen place," Laura said, referring to her
recently remodeled master bath.
Will and Laura Farmer bought their 1960s Garrisonstyle home in 2013 from an older woman who could no
longer provide the care it needed. Built in the 1960s, with
minimal upgrades, the house was ready for the love the
Farmers had to give.
"We got such an incredible deal," said Laura, "that we
were able to finance the kitchen and downstairs bath into
the mortgage." Such began their remodel journey that, to
date, includes the kitchen, backyard, and both bathrooms.
Removing everything but the original yellow pine
floors, the Farmers updated
the kitchen with new
"It's a safe
cabinets, appliances, and
flexible LED strip lighting place for the
before moving in. The girls to ride
breakfast nook steals the
show in this kitchen. They
cut a long church pew in and we
half and reconfigured it into know all our
an L-shape. It fits perfectly
into the corner. With a small
table pulled up to it, they
have the perfect place for their two girls, three and six, to
have breakfast, color, or draw.
Will and Laura have enjoyed living in their east
Salem neighborhood that backs up to a farm. Mature
trees and homes of different styles and age, as well as
a yard abundant in wildlife, give this neighborhood a
homey feel seldom found in cookie-cutter subdivisions.
As a district sales manager for an online auto auction, Will
travels frequently. So, it was important to Laura to live in
a neighborhood where she felt comfortable.
"It's a safe place for the girls to ride their bikes and
we know all our neighbors," Laura said. But the toll of
teaching and being a mom, plus the added strain of baby
number three on the way, made Laura feel the need to
have a place to relax, alone, in the evenings. Since they
were so happy with the kitchen job, they called the same
designer, Chris Wade of Reico Kitchen and Bath.
"I've always wanted a tub," Laura said, something her
diminutive master bathroom with only a shower stall
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU
Do you know of a great home renovation in the Roanoke Valley and surrounding
areas that you'd like to see featured in The Roanoker? E-mail Liz Long at llong@
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