Tour showcases Allen home’s renovations


By Casey S. Elliott - celliott@civitasmedia.com



Phil and Marsha Allen’s home at 721 East Lawn Ave. is one of the homes featured on this year’s Candlelight Tour of Homes. The home has been completely renovated by the Allens over the past few years.


Brenda Burns | Urbana Daily Citizen

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of six profiles of homes on the Cancer Association of Champaign County’s annual fund-raiser tour. One home is being featured each day in the Urbana Daily Citizen during the week leading up to the tour.

Phil and Marsha Allen’s home at 721 East Lawn Ave. in Urbana has been through a number of renovations over the past few years.

The Allen home will showcase those renovations as part of this year’s Cancer Association of Champaign County Candlelight Tour of Homes.

The ranch-style “Pease” home was built on Botkin’s Greenhouse property by Gary and Lorraine Botkin in 1972, Marsha Allen said. The “Pease Company” of Hamilton was known in the building industry for quality. The homes were made of pre-cut and pre-selected wood, with each piece stamped “Pease” and numbered. The home was then assembled on the building site.

The Allens purchased the home in 2012 from the Botkin family. They then began an extensive renovation, painting all the wood, adding crown molding, updating the kitchen with custom cabinets and granite countertops, enclosing the back porch into a four seasons room and remodeling the two bathrooms. The garage was updated, with beadboard walls, storage cabinets and coated floors, Allen said.

Outside, the home’s siding and shutters were updated, changing the color and exterior look. Decorative rough-sawed cedar shake shingles were added on the garage. Master Gardener Phil Allen reworked the landscaping.

The couple did a lot of the renovation work themselves, Marsha Allen said.

The Allens had enjoyed going on the tour in past years, so when they had a chance to have their home featured, they jumped at it.

“I know several people who benefited from the cancer association,” Marsha Allen said. “It’s just a worthwhile cause.”

The tour will be 3-8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Candlelight Tour of Homes 2016

The 2016 Cancer Association of Champaign County Candlelight Tour of Homes will be 3-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. All proceeds benefit the cancer association to help local cancer survivors and their families.

Homes on the tour are:

•Phil and Marsha Allen, 721 East Lawn Ave.

•Scott and Amy Brinker, 222 Lincoln Place

•Rich and Sherrie Logsdon Boutell, 369 Camelot Drive

•James and Mary Collier, 400 E. Church St.

•Jeff and Pam Craig, 319 E. Water St.

•Barbara Perry, 590 Scioto St.

Tickets are available at local banks and the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce for $10 in advance and $12 at the door on the day of the tour.

Phil and Marsha Allen’s home at 721 East Lawn Ave. is one of the homes featured on this year’s Candlelight Tour of Homes. The home has been completely renovated by the Allens over the past few years.
http://urbanacitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_Allen_721ELawn.jpgPhil and Marsha Allen’s home at 721 East Lawn Ave. is one of the homes featured on this year’s Candlelight Tour of Homes. The home has been completely renovated by the Allens over the past few years. Brenda Burns | Urbana Daily Citizen

By Casey S. Elliott

celliott@civitasmedia.com

Casey S. Elliott may be reached at 937-652-1331 ext. 1772 or on Twitter @UDCElliott.

Casey S. Elliott may be reached at 937-652-1331 ext. 1772 or on Twitter @UDCElliott.

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