Correction, November 16, 2006: A profile in the Sunday Today's Home section misspelled jon Hall's name. The Augusta Chronicle regrets this error. (Highlight changes)
Jon and Betty Hall build houses for a living, making others' dreams come true.
In May, they made their own dream come true when they moved from Harlem into their self-designed house in Evans.
"It's much harder to build for yourself than it is to build for someone else," Mrs. Hall said.
They looked at several floor plans, took what they liked from each and combined them.
"We personalized the home," she said. "We picked out all our stuff. We did all that ourselves."
In their kitchen, they have an all-in-one island. They are able to cook, eat and clean up right there.
The kitchen is different in that there is no wall to separating it from the great room, creating an open space. That's why it is one of the family's favorite areas.
Another family favorite is the screened-in back porch.
"We cook out here a lot." Mr. Hall said. "We are outdoor people."
Their dog, Pixie, also enjoys being outside. To accommodate her, the couple included a courtyard in the building plans.
"It's like her own play yard," Mrs. Hall said. The Halls said it takes more than just rooms to make a house a home.
"The people you're in the house with, that's what makes it a home," Mr. Hall said.
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AT HOME WITH
The Family: Jon and Betty Hall, their son, Branden Chalker, 17, and their dog, Pixie
The Home: 4,700 square feet, two-story, old-country style home with five bedrooms and 4 baths. A game room in the works will add 800 square feet.
It's a Fact: The Halls enjoy boating and camping. Mr. Hall considers this home special because it's their first one together.