Michael Lucas had a dream, and pointclickhome.com shows you how that dream was realized with a little TLC from Ty Pennington and team. As a National Guardsman devoted to preserving landmarks in his native Virginia, he wanted to build a home similar to the one that originally stood on his property, a former Civil War battlefield in Rice, Virginia. But Michael, 39, had barely laid the foundation for his version of the historic 1860s Chatham housee, when he was called to serve in Iraq, leaving behind his wife, Jean, 34, and their sons, Michael Henry, 12, and Joseph Nathan, 7. "Michael put his family and his house on hold to go fight for his country," Ty says. "So we wanted to build a house for him to come home to." When Extreme Makeover: Home Edition surprised Jean and their two sons with the news, they brought Michael home from Iraq for the occasion.
Ty reveals the latest version of the historic Chatham house. "I love the symmetry of this place," he says.
Suite Retreat (right, below)
Antique mahogany doors Michael salvaged from the original Chatham house open onto a master bedroom infused with a Colonial ambience. The mahogany bed Ty designed and other mahogany furniture add a richness to the room's blue and gray (a nod to the Civil War) and white color scheme. Ty created this fun, floral wallpaper and added picture-frame molding to the blue accent wall "for depth and texture." Ah, rest easy.
To see more pictures of the makeover, head to the slideshow at pointclickhome.com