By Debbie Burke
The perfect dream home for Jere Dunkelberger and Joyce Wetlesen was conceived and completed last summer, within ten months; and the momentous move-in date was this past July.
Built by RW Buff, the home, located in Stroudsburg, is a timber frame hybrid construction with wide plank floors, a walk-up attic above the garage, and is specifically designed for one-floor living by the owners with guest quarters in the lower level.
Their favorite customization is the living room with its huge, stone fireplace. “It has built-in shelving, a great view of the outdoors and a truly wonderful cathedral ceiling with exposed timber frame trusses. I love it!” said Joyce.
The natural wooded surroundings are showcased by the home’s oversized windows, sliding glass doors and three-season screened-in porch, which, said Joyce, “gives us a bit of a treehouse feeling.” Since Joyce and Jere entertain a lot, they were pleased they received a spacious gourmet kitchen with extra storage, more than ample counter space, and excellent all-around lighting which included an heirloom chandelier. The homeowners also requested a large master bath with a roomy shower and whirlpool tub. “The crew did a beautiful job with all the tile work that it required,” noted Joyce.
Other items on their wish list that were incorporated into the home include a small office, his and her closets, guest quarters with a sitting room, a three-car garage, and extra storage space in the attic and basement with an area for Jere’s workshop. The home is highly energy efficient, with three bedrooms, three and a half baths, and a sitting room that doubles as an exercise room.
One of Joyce’s favorite spots is just a step or two outside. “We find ourselves gravitating to the porch for cocktail hour or to read a book in the afternoon,” she said.
A retired schoolteacher, she actually had the builder, Robert Buff, as a student in the fifth grade, and years later, taught his son in kindergarten. “I have always known Bobby to be a great guy and his reputation as a builder is unparalleled. It was a dream of mine to have a Bobby Buff house, a dream I really didn’t think would materialize,” she noted. “However, I shared that dream with Jere and together we made it happen.” RW Buff’s Project Manager, Joe Holbert, was equally impressive; Joyce said his attention to detail and great customer service made for a smooth and stress-free experience.
Other individuals who helped make the dream a reality for Joyce and Jere were Carol Decker from Friedman Electric; JoAnn Mesko from Never Too Organized; and Jim Nelson from Imaginations.