After years of attending the Summerville Tour of Homes and dreaming about owning an older home on the Hill, Liz and Bob Zwanziger purchased a house in 2002 just on the edge of the neighborhood.
It took years of work after that purchase to make the property, which had been vacant for many years, habitable. In February, they moved in, and now their home is featured on the tour.
"Older homes come with all kinds of expenses," Mrs. Zwanziger said.
The Zwanzigers had to gut the house, which had been apartments for most of its almost 100 years of existence, and they redid the rooms.
Even after moving in, the couple practically lived with the carpenters for three more months, and there are still projects in the works: The Zwanzigers want to add a swimming pool and a garage.
At Home With
The family: Bob and Liz Zwanziger. They have four children, two of whom, Anna and Andrew, still live at home.
The house: The two-story house has about 3,000 square feet, with four bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.
It's a fact: Investigators swarmed the home during renovations after some bones were found buried under the house; however, the family has never found out the remains' origin.
IF YOU GO
What: 28th annual Summerville Tour of Homes
When: Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23
Tour stops: Seven homes and Bellevue Hall, a historic building at Augusta State University, built about 1849-50. The homes are:
* The Montano/Brown Home 2532 Henry St., circa 1932
* The Jackson Home705 Gary St., Craftsman bungalow, circa 1923
* The Biggs Home1338 Wingfield St., classic Augusta bungalow, circa 1920s
* The Zwanziger Home1453 Winter St., circa 1910-12
* The Morris Home1447 Winter St., circa 1910-1912
* The Lumpkin Home1434 Heath St., Craftsman cottage, circa 1927
* The Pickett Home2341 McDowell St., Arts and Craft version of Tudor style, circa 1923
Tickets: $20, available at The Antiques Market, 3179 Washington Road; Summerville Rags, 1502 Monte Sano Ave.; Swank and Co., 351 Highland Ave., Surrey Center, lower level; Park Avenue Antiques, 3179 Washington Road; Cudos!, 1257 Augusta West Parkway; Fat Man's Forest, 1545 Laney-Walker Blvd.; Del's Lamps & Shades, 1526 Monte Sano Ave.; King's Way Interiors Market, 2107 King's Way; The Frame Shoppe, 1542 Walton Way; Pastel, 2120 Central Ave.; Cason and Co. Interiors, 3127-B Washington Road; The Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; Art on Broad, 1028 Broad St; Louise Mulherin Classic Gardens and Antiques, 2701 Washing-ton Road; Plum Pudding, 101 Laurens St. N.W., Aiken; York Cottage, 409 Hayne Ave. S.W., Aiken; Cote Designs, 128 Laurens St. S.W., Aiken; The Fitzpatrick Hotel,16 West Square, Washington, Ga.; Simply Southern, Main Street, Madison, Ga.; 1810 Country Inn and Winery, 254 N. Seymour Drive, Thomson; Coming Home, 4116 Evans to Locks Road, Evans; Martina's Flowers and Gifts, 3830 Washington Road and 3038 Peach Orchard Road.