Originally created 03/12/06

Home reflects family's playful nature



Touches of creativity are plentiful throughout the West Lake home of Dr. Jeffrey and Teresa Broder.

Entering the Martinez couple's 5,000-square-foot home, visitors will notice that the stairs are painted black to give a contrast, and they will see a painting in the formal dining room that was done by Mrs. Broder and a spiraling curtain rod that Mrs. Broder concocted with copper tubing from her favorite store, The Home Depot.

In the living room, the ceiling has been decorated by Mrs. Broder with grass paper. Upstairs, in a child's bedroom, Mrs. Broder created a "Zamboni room'' with walls painted to look like the edges of a hockey rink, with a scoreboard over the head of the bed.

"For me, the house is a project,'' Mrs. Broder said, smiling.

She and her husband, who has a practice in family and occupational medicine in North Augusta, have lived in their West Lake home for about 10 years. Dr. Broder gives credit to his wife for the work that has gone into the home and is happy to lead a visitor to what might be considered the command center of the house - Mrs. Broder's craft room.

"This is Michaels (The Arts and Crafts Store),'' Dr. Broder said jokingly while looking around at the many craft supplies organized neatly on shelves in the room. He said his wife is so creative and good at projects that he never has to wonder what to get her for a special gift. "I go and buy miter saws.''

The Broders say they also enjoy their home because it's been a good location to rear five children. They enjoy the large lot, (about 1 acre) mostly in the backyard, "which, for West Lake, is good,'' Mrs. Broder said.

Reach Preston Sparks at 868-1222, ext. 115, or preston.sparks@augustachronicle.com.

At Home With



The owners: Teresa Broder and Dr. Jeffrey Broder

The home: 5,000 square feet, six bedrooms, one large craft room, 4 baths

It's a fact: The Broders, who have five children, have been called The Broder Bunch. Three of the children - Ryan, 22, Jennifer, 21, and Nathan, 21 - attend the University of Georgia. The others are Chae, 18, a senior at Lakeside High School, and Jared, 8, a third-grader at Stevens Creek Elementary School.