Editor’s note: This is one in a series of six profiles of homes on the Cancer Association of Champaign County’s annual fund-raiser tour. One home will be featured each day in the Urbana Daily Citizen during the week leading up to the tour.
Rich and Sherrie Logsdon Boutell spent the past few years remodeling their 1988 ranch home at 369 Camelot Drive in Urbana and are now showcasing the work in this year’s Candlelight Tour of Homes.
The tour will be Saturday, Dec. 3.
“This is our way of giving back,” Sherrie said of their interest in being on the tour this year. Rich is a cancer survivor, and they have multiple family members who have had or passed away from cancer.
The Boutell brick home was custom built in 1988, the Boutells said. The home features cathedral ceilings in the great room and dining room, with angled windows. There is a two-story fireplace that is a focal point of entry.
The Boutells purchased the home in 2013 and began working on renovating the entire structure. The couple did much of the work themselves, with some assistance from professionals for the plumbing and electrical work.
The home features hardwood floors, new cabinets and granite countertops in the kitchen, a refinished fireplace (which was converted to gas) and new appliances. Sherrie did the tile work in the bathrooms and kitchen and laid most of the hardwood floors. Rich installed crown molding, the chair rail and wainscoting in the home and made most of the bedroom furniture and wine cabinet.
The Boutells redid the landscaping, putting in a new arbor, several fences and a pergola. New flower beds were installed, replacing most of the shrubs around the home, and the lawn was “revitalized.”
Much of the artwork around the home was done by Rich and his daughter, Kathy Boutell Ainslie. All the curtains were made by Sherrie, who also reupholstered some of the furniture.
The Boutells will decorate with Christmas trees in every room in the house, and one of Rich’s favorite things – an electric train – may make an appearance for the tour.
“Rich has always been into trains,” Sherrie said. “He’s built them over the years for our different grandchildren.”
The tour will be from 3 to 8 p.m.
Casey S. Elliott may be reached at 937-652-1331 ext. 1772 or on Twitter @UDCElliott.