April showers bring home tour flowers

Published: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 03:05 PM.

Longtime Apalachicola resident June Dosik graciously opened her lovely home to guests this year. The house and grounds are a study in comfort and practicality. The yard features a screened gazebo and lap pool. Inside, the house is a series of cozy niches for relaxing, dining and contemplation.

“I think it’s just perfect for one person,” said Dosik.

Lynn and Bill Spohrer opened their Avenue B Victorian “Lynn Haven” for the second time on this year’s tour. The home can best be described as stately with a well-appointed yard and wrap-around porch. The first floor is designed for entertaining and expansive open sitting areas and a dining room for 10 is accented with museum class antiques and a grand piano.

The kitchen testifies to Spohrer’s culinary aptitude. Tucked to one side is a cozy sitting room where the family can enjoy Sunday morning newspapers and classic movies together.

On 10th Street, the tiny Lauver/Sawyer house was full of surprises. The 800-square foot cottage features painted hardwood floors and lots of eclectic art and artifacts including two Clyde Butcher photographs.

The Richardson/Gallant house, less than two years old, was built to blend with traditional Apalachicola architecture. The Florida cottage has local style but state-of-art fixtures, with furnishings that reflect the owners’ New England heritage. The focal point of the great room is a painting of Richardson’s great-great-great grandmother. The owners preserved so much of the lush foliage on their lot that visitors during the tour speculated on how equipment used to build the house had accessed the lot. A screened porch at the rear of the home allows residents to enjoy a shady retreat without bugs.

One of the most unusual stops on this year’s tour was the Nancy and Richard Dagenhart house on Frederick S. Humphries St. The owners purchased a shotgun house on a half-lot intending to restore it but the cottage proved unsalvageable. Dagenhart, an architect then designed a replacement that makes good use of every inch of buildable space. The house has a side entrance. The main living area is 10’ by 52’ but 20-foot ceilings give the great room an expansive feel. High shelves display the Dagenhart’s collection of snow globes. A sleeping loft maximizes space and a galley kitchen makes the most efficient use of cooking facilities. To the rear of the home, a cozy reading area and screened porch provide escape and privacy for residents.

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