Walters’ home is Second Saturdays featured stop
Steve and Honey Walters’ home is the featured stop for the tour in conjunction with the June Second Saturdays series of local events. Situated at 1064 Golf View Drive, the unique structure built in 1999 was one that included several people’s visions.
“My husband and I had worked with John Call (of Syracuse) in the past,” Honey explained. “I gave him my wish list and told him what I wanted. With time it grew a little bigger.” Her specifications and Steve and John’s attention to detail brought the final product to fruition.
Features include 57 windows, pocket doors in the basement family room, dark cherry mahogany shelving that lines the living room walls, a 4,000-square-foot layout that includes only one room that doesn’t have a 90-degree angle, a living room with an eight-sided ceiling, and an outside design that is misleading. “It looks like there are three stories but there are only two,” Walters said. “And you can’t tell there is a patio either, unless you walk around.”
The patio was something she had wanted to be able to access from the four-season room, bedroom and living room, and the secluded space is bordered by corkscrew willows, hibiscus, Japanese iris, thornless Hawthornes, Calla lilies, and other inviting flora and fauna that invite a wildlife variety of local wildlife to frolic amidst as well as a winding stretch of “Walters’ Ditch” (a tiny trail of stream).
Her favorite room in the house, the four-season room, features hand-painted border by local artist Susan Russell, who also painted many of the other rooms’ wall designs. “I wanted the ceiling of the four-season room to look like the sky,” Honey said. “And I didn’t want the living room to be closed off. I wanted to be able to be in the kitchen bit also be involved with what is going on in the living area.”
The open-concept layout allows for that as it encompasses the living room, dining room and kitchen areas.
“In most kitchens, the sink faces a window but because of the way it was designed, I can look out the windows through the dining area, from my sink,” she explained.
The many windows (she said she puts out 54 candles in the windows to display) allow natural light to play throughout the home and Honey’s knack for style incorporates an Oriental flair with modern decor resulting in a warm and inviting setting in every room.
“Many of them (individual decor pieces) are from my parents,” Honey said. “They traveled a lot.”
The retired educator (Honey taught kindergarten and first grade for 31 years) spends her time selling Mary Kay and tending to her family and home but she also designs artificial arrangements, some of which are displayed in her home. The Walters also do their own landscaping upkeep.
Steve is the owner of Justice Property Management and is a former library board president.
The event takes place Saturday, June 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. Those intending to attend can reach the home by traveling north on S.R. 19 off of U.S. 6 to Heritage Parkway. Turn right and continue until Heritage Parkway ends at Golf View Drive. Turn right and the home is the seventh home on the right side of Golf View Drive.
Tickets to tour the Walters’ home may be purchased before June 11 at: Veni’s Sweet Shop, Design and Consign and L.J. Wagner in Nappanee. Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door the day of the tour. A full line-up of events will be included in next week’s Advance News.