Hello everyone and thank you for joining in on Chelsea and Franklin Jennings home tour.
Tell us a little about your home!
We actually broke ground December 2016 and moved in July 2017, so the house is about as new as it gets! We were inspired by the modern farmhouse style, but we also wanted something that was classic enough to fit into a historic neighborhood, so we were careful to balance both new and old when making our decisions. For example, we used 100-year-old reclaimed bricks around the foundation and the wood-burning fireplace. We also went with white siding, paint, and subway tiles because it’s such a clean and classic look. It’s 3,400 square feet, which feels huge after spending the last half of our lives in dorms, apartments, and starter homes! We knew we wanted to build our forever home and are pinching ourselves that we are now settled in this beautiful house in such a great location.
What is your favorite thing about your home?
This was our first experience building our own home, and we really enjoyed being a part of the whole process. It’s hard to pick a favorite thing when so much thought and heart went into every inch of the house. Everest loves his dinosaur-themed bedroom and being able to see his Grammie’s house from his window. Franklin is enjoying the covered patio because it’s perfect for grilling out and entertaining friends. I would have to say the kitchen is my favorite room in the house. I have watched just about every episode of Fixer Upper on HGTV and spent hours on Pinterest over the years, so I was pumped to get to design my dream kitchen. I love cooking and how food brings people together to talk and celebrate, so the big island and openness to the main room makes it a perfect space for that.
What brought your family to Downtown Rogers?
First and foremost, we love this neighborhood! We both grew up in Rogers, but Franklin’s parents have lived on Cypress Street since the early ‘70s, so he was born and raised in Downtown Rogers. We moved to Fayetteville for college and have lived there the last 16 years, but after settling down and having a child (who is about to start kindergarten), we were ready to be surrounded by friends, family, schools, and businesses in our hometown.
Since your home is a new construction, can you tell us a little history of the lot?
There was a house built on the lot in the early 1900s. In 1983, the next door neighbors, Wink and Marcella Winkleman, purchased the property, tore down the house (which was in disrepair), and planted an orchard and garden. Franklin’s parents, John and Rosemary Jennings, lived in the house right behind the property and eventually bought it and maintained the orchard and garden. It remained a spare lot in the neighborhood until this year when we hired our builder, John Ward with Homes by Ward, Inc. We started with a floor plan we found online, but he really let us redesign and custom build the house from the beginning to end. We were given the historic property abstract, which tells an interesting story about the previous owners and monetary exchanges (in 1871 it sold for $1.25 an acre and in 1934 it sold for “Love and Affection”), so we ended up framing the sheets and putting them up in our living room.
What are some of your favorite things to do in downtown Rogers?
We appreciate the character and charm of the surrounding houses and historical buildings, not to mention all the tall trees that provide shade and color, so we’ve been riding bikes and going on morning walks to take it all in. We’ve enjoyed going to the Farmer’s Market this summer and all the family-friendly events, like the Friday night outdoor movies and the Fourth of July parade. We also love to go to Levi’s, Frisco, and Ozark Brewing Co. when we have some down time! The sense of community here has been incredible.