When Bill and Cindy Green's home was mostly destroyed in a fiery explosion, decorator Shane Pearson of Dwellings and a team of builders, developers, and other experts went into action to help. Now, the home is rebuilt and better than ever. Rocko Jerome reports on the details.
On July 20th, 2017, disaster struck when an electrical spark met a gas leak. In- tensely destructive fire ripped through the Alta Vista ranch house home of Bill and Cindy Green, leaving more than half of it completely annihilated. Fortunately, the Greens were out of town at the time. "It was a really helpless feeling," Cindy re- calls, "but I was intent on rebuilding and making it even better than before."
Cindy wanted the house completely back in order by October 17th, in time to have an Open House for her friends and many vendors and in time for her to start preparing to host Thanksgiving. Friends and acquaintances were doubtful, but thanks to an incredible team, everything came together. Cindy's decorator Shane Pearson of Dwellings saw the incident on the television news. "It looked just awful," he says, "I felt so badly for them." He also knew, after a working relationship going back several years, that he could help. Together with builders Chris Carey and Norman Noltemeyer of NC Construction along with a lot of assistance along the way, the home was rebuilt better than ever.
The original house, which was built in 1968, was a total loss and had to be rebuilt from the original foundation. Met Life required that they keep the ba- sic footprint, but they were able to re- design the interior even with the same floor plan. One of the most dramatic changes was raising all of the ceilings over 21⁄2 feet to make it feel much more modern and spacious. Along that line, they also made several small rooms around the living area into a much more open area. "We love to enter- tain," says Cindy, "and we like that this is set up in such a way that people can move around and enjoy each other." In what's become a fantastic family anec- dote, Cindy brought a photo of a fire- place that she had seen to Shane...only to find out that Shane had created it in the first place! "I told her that it would absolutely not be a problem," Shane says with a warm laugh.
Going down a glass stair- case will take you into a very sleek and modern bar area. There's a fireplace that leads from this floor up through the main floor, right around the center of the house. The bar itself is made of quartz and is loaded with character, especially with its alabas- ter background and back- lit wine bottles on display.
Downstairs also hosts a craft room that Cindy spends a lot of time enjoying, as well as a laundry room and stor- age space for Christmas dec- orations. All of the closets in the house were custom de- signed, a real point of pride for Cindy.
The backyard area of the home features a luxurious pool with a slide that is fun even just to look at, an ornate garden area, and a lovely shed. It's Cindy's happy place. "I love to look out at all of this," she says with a smile. Although separated by a fence, this area flows very well with the outdoors area that belongs to the next door neighbors, the DeCamillis family. "All of the kids, grandkids and adults love to share in the fun throughout the year," Cindy says, "it's like a sports complex!" It's especially sweet because after the fire, the DeCamillises and close friends helped Cindy and Bill’s daughter Sandra recover some of their personal belongings from what was left in the home. They include many old family photos and personal effects that now re- side throughout the home. Cindy says "It's not a whole lot, but we were fortunate that any of these things survived."
Designer: Shane Pearson of Dwellings
Builder: Chris Carey and Norman Noltemeyer of NC Construction
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