The home of Robin and Kevin // Downtown Rogers Home Tour Series 2018

Hello everyone!! 

I have to say, I left this home feeling energized and happy. There's not one space where something isn't locally made. The value in the sourcing of the art, food, furniture, and more was felt in every room. I'm so happy Robin and Kevin included a great list of local craftsmanship that they used within their home. 

Thanks for joining in!!

E N J O Y !!!

 

Tell us a little about your home:

Our home was built in 1920 by K.A. & Beulah Frost.

Craftsman style.

2,430 sq. ft. (upstairs was added at some point later).

Others who owned the property: Sikes, Barron families.

We purchased from Jonathan Wilson in 2011. 

 

 

What is your favorite thing about your home?

Kevin: Every space has meaning and is intimate.

Robin: It lets me play with color and the natural light is energizing

 

 

What brought your family to Downtown Rogers?

Robin lived downtown for years, south of Walnut, and developed close friendships, including with her elderly across-the-street neighbors.

Kevin loves a sense of history and was a history major in college.

We both love that everything we want is right here and our neighborhoods have character and longevity.

 

What are some of your favorite things to do in downtown Rogers?

Kevin: Eat and drink at local establishments and enjoy the social aspects. Downtown is a warm, easy-going place.

Robin: I love to lunch at the cooking school! I love what Sheila's doing there. And I love that we have a cooking shop (Honeycomb), and cooking classes at both. And good junk stores.

Any upgrades to the home that you'd like share? 

We had a new driveway put in.

We are both Master Naturalists. Robin has been replacing plants in backyard with native and wildlife-friendly species. This winter we lost our 100-year-old sugar Maple in the backyard and so we're coming back with a Chinkapin oak, fringe tree, Appalachian redbud, and Sassafras trees. (We've purchased and are waiting for them to be planted!). She has planted hundreds of black-eyed Susan, bee balm, coreopsis, coneflower, prairie violet, butterfly weed, beautyberry, etc. 

David Goodman (his wife Angela was our Realtor) made all initial renovations: enlarging upstairs bathroom, built in cabinets and benches, changing kitchen stove to gas, recessed lighting, etc.

You can check out his website HERE

 

 

A handful of sources from their home that I think you should check out:

ART:

Alice Andrews (whimsical dragonflies, animals) 

Jan Ironside (bright red tulips)

Pamla Klenczar (yellow with turquoise doors and bike)

Hank Barnes (Stained Glass)

FURNITURE, ETC:

Ecovet Furniture (master bed, mirror, benches, bookshelves, etc.)

Randy Pennington (made the butcher block table)

Adrian at Olde World Door (made the back doors)

 

Kamara Family Home Tour // Downtown Rogers, AR

     Starting our downtown home tour season off with adding our own plot of progress to the project. It's rather long as I have included before photos and those captured along our journey since our purchase close to two years ago. 

 Facts about the home:  

Our home is 3,700 square foot with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. It's close to 110 years old with great bones. We have two staircases with one leading to nowhere. Our basement stays pretty dry and spreads just about the entire size of our home with it's great sump pump. 

 

 

LIVING ROOM

BEFORE AND AFTER

 

 

 

Favorite thing about our home:  We love the natural light that we get from sunrise to sundown, the location, and our neighbors (minus the duplex across the street). 

 

Dining Room

Before and After

What brought your family to downtown Rogers? 

We were drawn to the community and the style of homes. 

 

Master Bedroom/Bath

Before and After

On the remodel: 

We used Mike Johannsen Construction for all the major work. We actually learned of him through a previous home tour I shot (Wright Family Home Tour) and have used him ever since.

We replumbed the whole home and used Arkie Plumbing.

Our custom fence was done by Ozark Fence Company.

Coyote Quality Hardwood Floors for all our restorative and new flooring. 

Throughout our remodel process, we had every intention of keeping the home as close to original as possible. With that being said, we only moved two walls. One in the library where the sewer line was leaking though the wall and we discovered the original brick from the fireplace so we chose to expose and create a different layout for our current needs. The second wall was upstairs and we chose to make one bedroom smaller to create an additional family room and that also gave us the opportunity to support the roof better. In doing this the foundational integrity of our home had to be considered and reinforced throughout the basement.

And there you have it, our budget went to all the important stuff you can't really see. We have a 5 year plan to add a front yard  fence, remodel the kitchen, landscaping, and a pool (just kidding, husband). 

Library 

Before and After

Pictured above you may have noticed some newspaper clippings that we found in one of the walls we removed. Those consisted of obituaries of the family that built the home. The original home was built circa 1910 by Roscoe C. Hobbs, businessman and conservationist attributed to Hobbs State Park. The original residence was destroyed by fire in 1912 with Hobbs rebuilding on the same lot.  Newspaper reports indicated that the fire burned slowly during the winter and all the furniture was saved, including light fixtures and the tub being carried out by neighbors. 

 

Upstairs 

Before and After

 

Upstairs Bathrooms 1 & 2

 

 

Favorite things to do in downtown Rogers:

My husband loves to frequent OBC and you can usually find me at Trolley Line Bookshop. So sad to see them go! We love to eat at every restaurant located here and we enjoy walking to the farmers market and Lake Atalanta.  

 

Thank you for following along.

If you would like to participate in the downtown home tour project,

please reach out: kamara.ashley@gmail.com