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 is being featured each day in the Urbana Daily Citizen during the week leading up to the tour.
Phil and Marsha Allen’s home at 721 East Lawn Ave. in Urbana has been through a number of renovations over the past few years.
The Allen home will showcase those renovations as part of this year’s Cancer Association of Champaign County Candlelight Tour of Homes.
The ranch-style “Pease” home was built on Botkin’s Greenhouse property by Gary and Lorraine Botkin in 1972, Marsha Allen said. The “Pease Company” of Hamilton was known in the building industry for quality. The homes were made of pre-cut and pre-selected wood, with each piece stamped “Pease” and numbered. The home was then assembled on the building site.
The Allens purchased the home in 2012 from the Botkin family. They then began an extensive renovation, painting all the wood, adding crown molding, updating the kitchen with custom cabinets and granite countertops, enclosing the back porch into a four seasons room and remodeling the two bathrooms. The garage was updated, with beadboard walls, storage cabinets and coated floors, Allen said.
Outside, the home’s siding and shutters were updated, changing the color and exterior look. Decorative rough-sawed cedar shake shingles were added on the garage. Master Gardener Phil Allen reworked the landscaping.
The couple did a lot of the renovation work themselves, Marsha Allen said.
The Allens had enjoyed going on the tour in past years, so when they had a chance to have their home featured, they jumped at it.
“I know several people who benefited from the cancer association,” Marsha Allen said. “It’s just a worthwhile cause.”
The tour will be 3-8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3.
Casey S. Elliott may be reached at 937-652-1331 ext. 1772 or on Twitter @UDCElliott.
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