Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

February 28, 2014

Harmeson home getting makeover

Howard County couple waiting for designers to revamp their house.

By Lindsey Ziliak Kokomo Tribune
Kokomo Tribune

---- — 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.

Everything is being updated to make it more modern. The Harmesons are replacing their kitchen appliances. Matt pointed to the wood paneling on the dishwasher and said the refrigerator matched it. It’s time for something new, he said.

The designers will even be knocking out some walls to create a more open floor plan in the home.

The Harmesons will fund the major construction, but supplies and appliances will be purchased at wholesale prices. The paint and wallpaper for the project was donated, and the designers donate their time, Obermeyer said.

Daphnie said it’s really a dream come true for her family.

“Had we done this on our own, we never would have been able to afford it, not all at once,” she said. “And I went to the show home every year for 20 years. I just love it.”

Lindsey Ziliak, Tribune Life & Style editor, can be reached at 765-454-8585, at lindsey.ziliak@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @LindseyZiliak.


WANT TO GO? WHAT: Howard County Designers' Show Home preview to see the Harmeson house before designers revamp it WHEN: 1 to 5 p.m. tonight, Saturday and Sunday and March 7, 8 and 9 WHERE: The home of Matt and Daphnie Harmeson at 2517 Brookshire Drive, Kokomo COST: $3 for adults and kids 12 and under are free ADDITIONAL INFO: The Harmesons and their team of designers will be ready to show off the home and its updates from May 4 to May 25.