THE LEGACY CONTINUES
Ten stretched into thirty. The couple raised daughters Nikki and Tami in Jersey. Still, the family returned to the Chain O’ Lakes every summer for vacations.
The girls are grown now, with families ol their own. Nikki lives in San Francisco with her husband, Ryan, and their son; Tami lives in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, with Steven and their daughter.
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When Tom turned sixty-two years old, he was laid off; it was time to get serious about retirement plans. As Nikki and Tami listened to their parents weigh options, the daughters proposed their own plan, “ They told us, ‘If you want us to visit, you need to retire on the Chain O’ Lakes.’ ” Barbara recalls with a laugh.
TEARING DOWN AND BUILDING UP
When the couple purchased property on Dake Lake they didn’t rush into building. “We had about four years to go to log home shows, do research and compile ideas of what we liked and
The home’s logs are pine, while .the floor is all hickory. The open ceiling contributes to a spacious feel In this lake home, It’s the four-season room that everyone gravitates to.
The upstairs loft provides a sitting area for family time The deck looks out over the lake. what we didn’t like. Tom says. We were living in New Jersey when we began construction, so the house was going up, and we came in during the construction about three times.”
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