Eleven long months have passed and Dave and Charlette Garrison have moved into their new home.
This featured Home of the Week was rebuilt on the same ground which April 27’s tornadoes ripped apart.
Located at 197 Cherry Laurel Drive in the Hidden Forest community, the new home was constructed by Ben D. Nelson, president of Tennessee Craftsman Inc.
Nelson said nearly two months of cleanup had to be performed before reconstruction could begin.
It took 10 large trash receptacles to remove all of the debris.
According to Nelson, the Garrisons were at home when the tornado struck, wiping the landscape and their home from the hillside.
“It typically takes six months to complete a custom home,” Nelson said.
With the amount of debris removal including the many downed trees which surrounded the Garrison home, it took a little longer.
“This was something we were not used too. The preparation was so different,” Nelson said.
The new home is 1,258 square feet in area, excluding a two-car garage.
Upon entering the new Garrison home, 3 1/4 inch pre-finished planking was utilized in the living room, kitchen and a hallway.
Custom cabinetry was installed in the kitchen, which was completed with energy-efficient appliances from Sears.
Custom tile backsplashes and recessed lighting were also added.
The master suite features a large, spacious area with a walk-in closet and private bath.
In the master bath, a jetted tub and full, custom walk-in shower were added. The master bath also features a double lavatory and vanity.
Carpeting was added to the three bedrooms in this home — for sound control and insulation value.
Located at the rear of the home is a covered patio area which will be used for outdoor entertainment.
Energy efficiency was extended through addition of custom window placement, ceiling fans in the main living area and bedrooms as well as an energy-efficient 14-Seer heat pump system.
The two-car garage was also insulated, according to Nelson.
Safety features such as smoke alarms are included.
“The emotions were great going into this rebuild project for the Garrisons. It was an honor to be able to help them through this process which began 11 months ago,” Nelson said.