It wasn't the sand-color exterior or spacious interior that drew Dr. John and Cynthia Downey to their West Lake home, it was the view.
A back wall of windows provides a spectacular view of the West Lake sixth green and seventh tee box.
Mrs. Downey served as the general contractor on the home's renovations more than five years ago and spent 10 months doing a lot of work herself. Her husband enjoys working with the wiring and helped with some of the electrical work.
Mrs. Downey has a degree in aeronautical science and used some of her technical abilities to draw professional architectural plans for the remodel.
A back porch was converted into a dining area adjoining the sun room. Numerous walls were removed or moved to create the feel the owners wanted.
With the project complete, Mrs. Downey is drawing up another set of plans for a retirement home on Lake Oconee.
AT HOME WITH
THE OWNERS: John and Cynthia Downey
THE HOME: 5,400-square-foot Hilton Head-style home with four bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, and an additional half bathroom.
IT'S A FACT: The Downeys added a second level to the home.
The WEST LAKE GARDEN CLUB'S TOUR OF HOMES
Hours:1-5 p.m. Saturday
Tickets: $15, benefits the Columbia County Foundation for Children; available at Carpenter's Framing Gallery, Cudos, Linda's Nails, Renaissance Fine Furnishings, Shear Southern, Uniquely Chic and Weinberger's
tour stops: The home of Dr. John and Cynthia Downey, 625 Spyglass Road
The home of Dr. Rodman and Judy Lemons, 3504 Lost Tree Lane, a mix of contemporary furnishings and antique family heirlooms.
The home of Jimmy and Christie Ferrell, 420 Congressional Court, in the style of a French Mediterranean villa.
The home of Nilesh and Madhavi Chokshi, 3820 Honors Way, a showcase for the works of the artists in the family. Mrs. Chokshi is an artist, as is her son, Shishir Chokshi, who owns Tire City Pottery.
The home of Charles and Lisa Nagle, 4126 Shady Oaks Drive, an arts and crafts cottage-inspired design.
The 3503 Pebble Beach Drive home of Bob and Suzanne Grant and Barbara B. Clark is a traditional brick structure, which recently underwent a complete renovation.Call: Vickie Turner at 863-8658