Rick and Karen Mepham get many glimpses from the past when they look around their stately North Summit Street home.
Some of those glances into former times aren’t so cheery.
They see beautiful woodwork covered with paint. They see modern doors replacing the originals still stored in the garage.
There are patches of wood on the floors where the old decorative heating registers were once in place. Only two remain, and just one of them still includes the metal skirting around the edges.
The old light fixtures are gone and even the old mantel surrounding the fireplace had been removed. Bare bricks were showing until Rick, with the help of Karen’s step-father, built a replacement.
The house no longer includes all the features that once made it one of the town’s premiere residences, but it’s still an impressive structure.
Slowly, the Mephams are making improvements, but that’s no easy chore—especially not with a two-year-old daughter to care for.
“We work different shifts,” Rick said.
“We’re hardly home together,” Karen adds, “and when we are we’re spending time with Kalie. It’s really hard to get anything done.”
It’s only been two years since the Mephams moved in—right about the time Kalie came along.