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February 28, 2014

Harmeson home getting makeover

Howard County couple waiting for designers to revamp their house.

Matt and Daphnie Harmeson and four of their kids just moved out of their 2517 Brookshire Drive home and into a rental that’s smaller than their master suite.

“We’re packed in [the new house] like sardines,” Matt said Wednesday.

It’s only temporary, though, and it will be worth it, he said.

The family has to stay away from their house for four months while a team of about 15 designers comes in and completely revamps it.

The Harmesons were selected for this year’s designers’ show home in Howard County. It was the second year they had applied.

“It was just too great of a home to pass up,” said Nancy Obermeyer, coordinator for the show home project.

The public can tour the house this weekend and next to see what it looks like before the designers take over. There will be more public tours in May once the work is complete.

The home features a 989-square-foot master bedroom suite, which includes a master bedroom, master bathroom and bonus room.

The Harmesons said the suite is bigger than their 900-square-foot rental home. And once the updates are finished, Daphnie said, it will be incredible.

As part of the redesign, the bonus room will become a large walk-in closet for the suite. It will have its own closet to house a microwave, mini refrigerator and wine cooler.

“I’m never leaving this bedroom when they’re done,” Daphnie said, with a laugh. “They can throw me some food up.”

There will also be a redesigned kitchen as well as a basement family room with pool table and media area and a children’s play room. There are three children’s bedrooms and a children’s bathroom. It also includes a living room, dining room, office, 1/2 bathroom, pantry, mudroom and three-car garage as well as outdoor areas.

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